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We all know that t’s valuable but these famly dnner statstcs hghlght the mportance of sharng a meal together, even just a few tmes a week.

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    Why s famly dnner so mportant?Famly meals have changed……But research shows that dnng together s more mportant than you mght thnk!We asked famles what they thought. They sad…Yes, you can!

Why s famly dnner so mportant?

We’ve all heard t before: famly dnner s mportant. It s valuable for deepenng famly connecton, hearng about each other’s days, and enjoyng some quet tme together.

And whle we know ths to be true, makng regular meals together a realty can be challengng. In fact, n a recent study, 84% of parents agreed that famly meals were mportant, but only 50% of famly dnners were eaten together. What s more, another study found that the average Amercan only has three dnners a week wth ther famles.

In order to help you to better understand the challenges as well as the benefts of famly dnners, we have pulled together some famly dnner statstcs that wll show you why carvng out the tme together for even a few meals a week can make such a dfference.

Famly meals have changed…

Frst, t s mportant to recognze the realty of our world and how thngs have changed. These famly dnner statstcs hghlght what that means and what t looks lke.

Fewer meals together: In the past 20 years, the frequency of famly dnners has declned 33 percent. In addton, a recent poll by YouGov found that 62% of parents wth chldren under 18 wsh they had famly dnners “much more often” or “somewhat more often.”

More Prepared Food

    Accordng to a recent study, Amercans now spend a hgher percentage of ther food budget on restaurants (50.3%) than they do on groceres (49.7%). 97 percent of the chldren’s restaurant meals studed by the Center for Scence n the Publc Interest dd not meet the expert nutrton standards for chldren’s meals. Less than one-fourth of famly dnners nclude a full servng of vegetables, accordng to a recent survey by Brds Eye.

Fewer Meals at Home

    In 1970, Amercans spent 26 percent of ther food budget on eatng out; by 2010, that number had rsen to 41 percent. Durng that tme, rates of obesty n the Unted States more than doubled. poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundaton, and the Harvard School of Publc Health found that:
      Busy famly schedules are cuttng nto famly dnners together—46 percent of those surveyed sad eatng together s dffcult to do on a regular bass. Fewer than half the parents surveyed admtted that they had eaten together sx or seven nghts out of the prevous week.

…But research shows that dnng together s more mportant than you mght thnk!

Just because thngs have changed, though, doesn’t meant that the value of meals together has dmnshed, as these potent famly dnner statstcs hghlght.

Accordng to The Natonal Center on Addcton and Substance Abuse at Columba Unversty, kds and teens who share famly dnners three or more tmes per week:

    Are less lkely to be overweght Are more lkely to eat healthy food Perform better academcally Are less lkely to engage n rsky behavors (drugs, alcohol, sexual actvty) Have better relatonshps wth ther parents

Famly Dnners Are Good for Our Kds’ Emotonal Health

What s more, “more frequent famly dnners are related to fewer emotonal and behavoral problems, greater emotonal well-beng, more trustng and helpful behavors towards others and hgher lfe satsfacton.” –Journal of Adolescent Health, Aprl 2012.

Chldren and teens also love the connecton. For nstance, 24 percent of teens reported wantng more frequent famly dnners.

Famly Dnners Are Good for Our Kds’ Physcal Health

Famly dnners also teach our chldren how to have a healthy and happy relatonshp wth food. Accordng to the Amercan College of Pedatrcans, chldren and adolescents who share famly meals three or more tmes per week are more lkely to be n a normal weght range and have healther detary and eatng patterns than those don’t.

It can also help us all to eat more healthfully. Famles who eat dnner together wth the televson off eat more fruts and vegetables than those who eat separately or wth the televson on, accordng to a study n the Journal of the Amercan Detetc Assocaton.

And my personal favorte: People thnk you are a better cook—and a better person—f you serve vegetables at dnner, accordng to the Cornell Unversty Food and Brand Lab.

In short, the more famly dnners you share, the greater the benefts for chldren and teens!

We asked famles what they thought. They sad…

    It’s very mportant for famles to eat dnner together regularly (89.9 percent sad so!) The typcal famly dnner lasts 15-30 mnutes. The major culprts preventng famles from sharng dnner more often: a lack of tme and managng pcky eaters.

Yes, you can!

Wth The Scramble’s famly-frendly meal plans, we make t possble to:

    Enjoy less stress wth a week of dnners planned for you. Prepare dshes even the pckest eaters wll love n under 30 mnutes. Save money and tme wth an organzed grocery lst.

Let us help you make famly dnners a realty n your house

Want some easy dnner nspraton? Check out some of our resources ncludng tps on how to lven up steamed rce and 15 toppngs for baked potatoes to see how smple staples can become a full and delcous meal!

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