September means back to school, which means more time to prepare lunches, get to practice, and binge on spelling. But it can also mean more quality family time around the table.
That’s why we celebrate Family Meal Month every September, an important time to get your family together around the dinner table, or any table, really, as long as you take the time to log out. technology and reconnect with your loved ones.
Studies by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation have repeatedly shown significant and measurable scientific evidence of the positive and lasting benefits of family meals. Family meals nourish the mind, brain and health of all family members. In reality:
Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem.
Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to engage in prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.
With each additional family meal shared each week, teens 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 delinquency.
Adults and children who eat more regularly at home are less likely to be obese.
The increase in family meals is associated with greater consumption of fruits and vegetables.
As we meet around the table more frequently, in some cases three times a day, as many work and home school scenarios continue through the 2021-2022 school year, IMF has equipped us tools we need to keep inspired. From conversation starters and recipe ideas (since we all get tired of meals), creative tips and buying advice, “IMF | Stay STRONG Tips ”is a resource to help keep your family engaged, connected and nourished. Online at https://www.fmi.org/family-meals-movement/make-meals-happen.
Tops will also continue to provide easy and affordable meal solutions throughout September and October to help during Family Meal Month. Go online to www.topsmarkets.com/familymealsmonth and follow Tops on Instagram for family meal inspirations submitted by families like yours.
About National Family Meal Month
National Family Meal Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. The Food Marketing Institute is working with retailers and manufacturers to bring families back to the table to share one more meal at home per week.