The importance of family meals cannot be underestimated when it comes to instilling healthy habits in children.
When food is prepared at home, kids are likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Such a diet also increases their intake of calcium, protein, iron, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E and B-6.
Additionally, family meals can lead to greater academic achievement, strengthen family bonds and improve children’s emotional health.
Let’s Move Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are encouraging families to eat more healthy meals at home.
10,000 Tables is a pledge for families to enjoy a screen time-free, home-cooked meal at least once a week for a year. Families who sign up at http://www.letsmovepittsburgh.org receive a monthly e-newsletter with recipes, advice, local event details and an online meal tracker. Join us!