Join Communities That Care in celebrating Family Meals Month this September. Family Meals Month is designed to highlight the benefits of family meals and encourage your family to share one more meal with your family each week.
We know that family meals feed our mind, body, and soul and never before have our minds, bodies and souls needed more nurturing. Some of us are spending an increased amount of time, including meals, with family members. Others are home by themselves.
Not only are family meals good for us, but they can serve as a great unifier during times of uncertainty. No doubt your family meals are looking different these days. Either a LOT more of them each day and week – or a complete lack of them due to social distancing. Video dinner party anyone?
Studies show again and again the significant, measurable, scientific proof about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members.
- Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem.
- Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.
- With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.
Join the movement and commit to one more meal at home per week this September for Family Meals Month because family meals make families stronger.