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Home For Dinner

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

 

Dr. Anne Fishel, co-founder of the Family Dinner Project has written the most thought-provoking book entitled Home for Dinner.  The reading is conversational and so interesting as she shares comments from her private practice in Family Therapy.  She says often she will tell a family to go home and have a meal together as this will benefit them more than sitting in her office for a session! Is that powerful or what!  Who would have ever guessed the power of family meals.  For years, family and child specialists have proposed meals together, but recently, the research is finally in that backs this recommendation 100 %.

http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814433706&page=PressRelease

One conundrum now is that many young adults/parents have no clue how to plan and prepare meals at home.  Reared on fast foods and drive through meals, they are clueless when it comes to preparing a meal with more than one dish.  Fortunately, with access to the internet, help is available.  A simple Google, Bing or Pinterest search will yield more than enough information to get started.  Local Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension faculty often teach classes in preparing and shopping for healthy food.  Many are no cost.

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Dining in with long time friends in their new

“ retirement home” in Atlanta.  Three generations left to right, Shirley, daughter, Dawn and  her  son, Quentin and Bob and Joyce Miles.   We don’t feel any older, but we remember the day Quentin was born!!  We so much enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere eating at their lovely new home.

Dining In Resources

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

 

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes/Family-Meal-Planning/Article-Viewer/Article/314/Why-Family-Meals-Matter.aspx

If you had any question about whether family meals were worth the efforts, this article is very convincing.

Web resources for meal planning as well as grocery shopping are many and varied. Planning and preparing meals for the family every evening is a daunting task and numerous people have posted tried and true recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. 

http://weeklymeals.eatathomecooks.com    The author for this website actually charges for her meal plan, but there are many others who do not charge.

http://www.bestmealsathome.com    This website is from Publix grocery store.  Even if you don’t have a Publix in your neighborhood, these ideas work in any community.

DINE IN on December 3

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Once again it is nearing time to celebrate Ellen’s birthday.  The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is sponsoring the Dine In campaign in her honor.  Last year, 100,000 people signed on to commit to Dining In on December 3.  This year we hope for 200,000. 

Dining In is a healthier way to eat for families and not just for the food aspect.  Healthy conversations can result, too.  Research has proven that children who eat meals with their families at home perform better in school, have fewer drug and alcohol incidents and far less incidence of childhood obesity. 

      What is there not to like!!!

 

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Sign in at the above website and register to Dine In.

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“Keep children involved in the conversation.  It’s OK for parents to talk to each other, but don’t turn the family dinner into adult conversation time.  Consider having adult time after the meal over coffee” 

            William J. Doherty, University of Minnesota

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