Mealtime Is Important Family Time
The most important part of your family's mealtime is... your family.
With today's hectic schedules, family mealtime can be an important time for talking about the day's events and for staying connected with each other. Sharing meals can have a longlasting effect on children, who learn by modeling themselves after their parents. Eating together as a family lets parents show their children, by example, how to choose nutritious foods, know when they are full and how to try new foods. Children also their children, by example, how to choose nutritious foods, know when they are full and how to try new foods. Children also learn valuable social skills like table manners and how to carry on a conversation.
March is National Nutrition Month. What better time to enjoy meals as a family? Here, from the Pinellas County HealthDepartment, are some guidelines to help with choosing foods to support good health for the entire family:
Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups: meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and grains. It takes a variety of food to provideeverything we need to stay strong and healthy.
Choose food that has lots of vitamins and minerals.
Don't eat more calories than you use because excess calories are stored as body fat. Pick portions that are right and balance food intake with physical activity.
Be physically active every day. Plan activities the whole family can enjoy, such as nature walks, bicycling or dancing.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. They're packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other that contribute to good health.
Eat more whole grains and choose more non-fat or low-fat milk or milk products