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Family Meals

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S – U – C – C – E – S - S


Family Meals

What does “family meal” mean to you?


Is there time for meals?


Are family meals important?

How frequent are family meals?


% Teens Having Family Dinners 7X/Week

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


What happened to the family meal?

  • Conflicting schedules

  • Both parents working

  • Long work hours

  • Split shifts

  • Meetings

  • Sports practices

  • Music lessons

  • ↓ Cooking skills


How we eat today . . .


How about YOU?

Reflect on your own experiences with family mealtime . . .

  • Share your best memories of family meals growing up

  • Describe “family meals” for you today


Do family meals matter?

Academic performance

Risk-taking behaviors

Relationships

Eating habits and weight


S – U – C – C – E – S - S

  • Smarter children…

  • Unlikely to smoke, drink, or take drugs…

  • Courteous and conversational…

  • Connected to family…and

  • Eating better! Because…at family meals

  • Sharing food and conversation

  • Strengthens families!!


S = Smarter Children

↑ language acquisition(C. Snow, Harvard Grad School of Education)

↑ vocabulary = better readers and students


% Teens Who Get A’s/B’s in School by Frequency of Family Dinners

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


Jeopardy’s Million Dollar Man –

Ken Jennings


U = Unlikely to smoke…

http://www.casafamilyday.org


Family Dinners and Teen Substance-Abuse Risk

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


What teens like to do with their parents

Spend holidays together90%

Go out to a nice restaurant86%

Go on vacation79%

Eat dinner at home79%

Family parties68%

Go to church, synagogue66%

Watch TV66%

Go out for fast food64%

Teenage Research Unlimited, P. Zollo, 2004


C = Courteous and Conversational


C = Connected to Family


E = Eating Better

↑ fruits and vegetables

↑ grains

↑ calcium-rich foods

↑ protein

↑ iron

↑ fiber

↑ vitamins

↓ soft drinks

Neumark-Sztainer, JADA (103), 2003


JADA. 104:1 Supplement 1. January 2004


Family Meals: Could they help prevent overweight?

  • Consistent mealtimes → food security

  • ↑ nutrient-dense foods, ↓ nutrient-poor foods

  • Parents role model healthy eating at meals

  • Prevent “disengaged” eating and promote “focused” eating, respond to hunger/satiety

  • Promote sense of belonging


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  • Smarter children…

  • Unlikely to smoke, drink, or take drugs…

  • Courteous and conversational…

  • Connected to family…and

  • Eating better! Because…at family meals

  • Sharing food and conversation

  • Strengthens families!!


TV and Family Meals: Kaiser Family Foundation 1999 (1090 2-7 yrs old; 2065 8-18 yrs old)

Is TV usually on during meals in your home?

(% yes)

Total sample58%

2-7 yrs47%

8-18 yrs65%

www.kff.org/content/archive/1477/vchip_s.pdf


What difference does TV make?

  • TV during meals ↑ in households with ↓ incomes, less educated or single parents

  • Consumption of pizza, salty snacks and soda higher among families with TV on during 2 or more meals

  • Children from families with high TV use had 5% less of their energy intake from fruits and vegetables

Coon et al. Pediatrics 2001:107


Strategies for family meals:

  • Make a priority

  • Plan ahead

  • Create positive atmosphere


Strategies for family meals:

Make a priority


Community Support

Reorganization of meetings and schedules to keep mealtimes open and available for families to be home and together.

Create coalitions.


How can schools promote?

  • Educate students

  • Inform parents

  • Promotion ideas

  • Designate “no practice” during mealtimes

  • Family style meals at school


www.casafamilyday.org

FamilyTable.info


Strategies for family meals:

Plan ahead


Strategies for family meals:

Create positive atmosphere


Family Meals:

Impossible Dream or Realistic Goal?


Family Dinners, 1998-2005

2005 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse X: Teens and Parents http://www.casacolumbia.org


Family MealtimeMake it happen!


Family Meals

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This presentation on Family Mealtimewas made possible by thePurdue UniversityCenter for Families’Promoting Family Meals Project. For more information go to:

www.cfs.purdue.edu/CFF/promotingfamilymeals


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