Eating Together is good for Children & Teens
Studies support the lifelong benefits of family meals. Eating as a family leads to healthier eating, and improves children’s learning and well-being.
Helps ChIldren Do Better in School
Parents are likely to know more about how children are doing in school.
Supports social-Emotional Development
Teens are more likely to have better self-esteem and less likely to experience depression or develop an eating disorder.
reduces Risky Behaviors
Children are less likely to use marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs, or have friends who use these substances.
Improves Nutrition & Supports Good Growth
Dinners at home are less likely to have too much sugar and unhealthy fats.
Planning meals and cooking from scratch costs less than many prepared or processed foods.
ENCOURAGES FAMILY TOGETHERNESS
Family mealtimes help everyone know each other and feel they belong to each other.
A 2017 survey of Addison County high school students showed that teens who regularly ate family meals participated in fewer risky behaviors and had significantly lower substance use.
Dinner Together HANDOUTS:
Testimonials From Parents
"It's a nice way for our family to come together at the end of the day"
– Starksboro, VT parent
"With all of us rushing off to school, work, games, and practice, it's a sacred time to all be together and hear what's going on in each of our lives. It's not only about hearing from our kids, but our kids hearing us parents talk and work through issues in our lives."
– Bristol, VT parent
"While it takes some planning, our budget requires us to eat meals at home. Saving money is a bonus on top of the benefits of having family time"
– Lincoln, VT parent