EATING TOGETHER BENEFITS EVERYONE
“Studies have shown time and again that eating together has multiple benefits for everyone involved, but especially for children, and not only for nutritional purposes but in many other aspects as well.”
– Huffington Post
EATING DINNER AS A FAMILY HAS BECOME MORE DIFFICULT…
Over the last 20 years, family dinners have declined by 33% and the time people spend eating has decreased from 90 minutes to less than 12.
20 YEARS AGO
Eating Together is Vital
Every parent desires to impart their values to their children along with timely encouragement; ultimately uniting their family in love. There is one central place in every home where they can have the greatest impact on their family: the dinner table.
You, as a parent, may intuitively sense the importance of your family eating together at home and that is why you have chosen FreshTake meals. We want to help you make this a regular habit because we believe it will bring positive results for you and your children.
Here are just a few statistics that will encourage you to make eating at home a regular part of your week.
According to Columbia University’s 2012 study shows that regular family dinners increase the likelihood of excellent relationships between parents and teenagers. In turn, these great relationships lead to a radical decrease of substance abuse in teens.
High Self Esteem
According to Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2004, children ages 11-18 that frequently dine as a family experience less depression and suicidal tendencies, and have better grades at school.
Additionally, frequent family dinners is the single most important factor in the development of a child’s vocabulary and communication skills (Harvard Research, 1996).
Better Grades, Friends, Health and Values
Researchers have consistently found that children who share a meal with their parents not only eat healthier but also have better grades and a more supportive group of friends. They are less likely to be on drugs, depressed or in trouble with the law. Eating together as a family creates unity and trust, builds confidence against peer pressure, and establishes expectations and values.
Eat your Veggies
A 2000 survey found that the 9- to 14-year-olds who ate dinner with their families most frequently ate more fruits and vegetables and less soda and fried foods. Their diets also had higher amounts of many key nutrients, like calcium, iron, and fiber. Family dinners allow for both “discussions of nutrition [and] provision of healthful foods,” says Matthew W. Gillman, MD, the survey’s lead researcher and the director of the Obesity Prevention Program at the Harvard Medical School.
Relieves your Stress
Believe it or not, if you have a demanding job, finding time to eat with your family may leave you feeling less stressed. In 2008, researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of IBM workers and found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office. We, at FreshTake, believe our meals can lessen the stress to working moms even more by reducing the time to put a meal on the table.
According to C2 Family, the dinner table and the activity around eating together (setting the table, inviting guests, cleaning up, serving one another) is a great place for moms and dads to teach values to their children. When families come together on a regular basis, put down the electronics and learn to communicate, great lessons can be taught and then caught by our children. Many times, becoming intentional parents begins at the table with the family. FreshTake and C2 Family want to help your family be successful and to live out your values.
With all the great benefits that come with eating together as a family, FreshOne has developed this website as a resource for families. To accompany these resources, they have also created a product line called FreshTake.
FreshTake is a heat and eat meal that was developed to help families provide fresh meal solutions without the prep. FreshTake not only provides dinner, it also provides dinner time. To find FreshTake in a grocery store near you, visit our FreshTake Product Locator.