One More Reason for Family Meals | A Little Bit Better With Keri Glassman

Uploaded by LivestrongWoman on 03.10.2012

Hey, I'm Keri Glassman here with some quick and simple tips to help you feel just a little
bit better. Parents and prospective parents, this one’s for you! How often do you sit
down for a family meal? Even though it may feel like too often (once you prepare the
meal and coerce your family to get the table) chances are, it’s actually not often enough.
There’s a growing body of research lending credence to the idea that sitting down for
dinner is super important for your child’s development. A Columbia University study found
that teenagers who eat dinner with their families at least five times per week are more likely
to get better grades in school and are less likely to end up with substance abuse problems.
According to a Harvard study, family dinners are one of the most important events for children
as they develop language skills. Who knew that complaining about green beans was such
an important developmental touchstone? And eating home-cooked meals is better for you
and your family’s health as well. It’s the best place to instill healthy eating habits
in your little ones while eating healthy yourself. So remember: Home-cooked meals are good for
your family mentally as well as physically, and raising a healthy family is just another
way you can feel a little bit better.