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Let’s Eat….Together!

Let’s Eat….Together!  9/14/18Every 3-5 years, the Klapperich family has a reunion.  My husband has nine living brothers and sisters, and a reunion with them and their spouses and grown children and grandkids makes for a pretty large gathering. This year we were together in Jackson, Wyoming, and part of the fun was a Monday night family picnic at one of the city parks.

Two weekends ago, my husband and I needed to exchange vehicles with our college-age son, so we met him at the weigh station north of the I-29 / ND Hwy 13 interchange and then drove into Wahpeton to have lunch together.

Earlier this week, I got home from work at about 8:00, and my husband and I had supper together, which included some delicious tomatoes that Alphonse Schreiner had given me.

What do you see as a theme in all three of these examples?  If you said, “food and family,” BINGO!  You are right!

September is family meals month.  Eating together as a family has many benefits. Meals eaten as a family tend to be more healthful. They also give families an opportunity to communicate and strengthen relationships.

If you are looking to help your kids succeed in school, family mealtimes can help. Teens who eat together more often with their families do better in school, earning more A’s and B’s than their counterparts who do not eat together as often.

Meals eaten with family members usually include less fat, less pop and more fruits and vegetables. Family meals also tend to be higher in calcium, fiber and other essential nutrients.

Celebrate Family Meals Month by visiting NDSU Extension’s family table website for information on how to get your family eating together more often.  It is called “The Family Table,” and it is online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/familytable.  While you are there, check out the Family Table Challenge.  Maybe you’d like to give it a try! 

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/en/family-eating-at-the-table-dining-619142/ (downloaded 9/18/18)

 

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