September is synonymous with back to school which means more time packing lunches, chasing off to practices, and cramming for spelling bees. But what it can also mean is more quality family time around the table.
That’s why we celebrate Family Meals Month every September, a meaningful time to gather your family around the dinner table, or any table, really, as long as you’re taking that time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with your loved ones.
Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation studies have shown time and again the significant, measurable scientific proof about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. In fact:
Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem.
Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness, and respect.
With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents 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 delinquent acts.
Adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity.
Increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables.
As we gather more frequently around the table, in some instances three times a day as many work and school from home scenarios continue into the 2021-2022 school year, FMI has equipped us with the tools we need to keep the inspiration flowing. From conversation starters and recipe ideas (since we all get meal fatigue) to creative hacks, and shopping tips, “FMI | 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 also will continue to provide easy and affordable meal solutions throughout the months of September and October to help during family meals month. Go online to www.topsmarkets.com/familymealsmonth and follow Tops on Instagram for family meal inspirations submitted by families just like yours.
About National Family Meals Month
National Family Meals Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. The Food Marketing Institute works collaboratively with retailers and manufacturers to bring families back to the table to share one more meal at home per week.