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Live Best With Judy Barbe: Eating Together

Judy Barbe“Come and get it!” It may be dinner time, but when was the last time your family sat down to a meal together? While finding time for meals gets trickier for families every day, those meals are a great way to improve everyone’s eating habits with long-term dividends. Researchers found kids who eat with their families grow up to be healthier adults who eat more fruit, dark-green and orange vegetables and key nutrients and drink fewer soft drinks.

More family meals predict that girls will eat breakfast as adults. Among boys, family meals predict higher intakes of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber as adults. It’s not just about nutrition. Research shows that frequent family meals are associated with lower rates of smoking, drinking, and drug use in teenagers when compared to families that eat together two or fewer times per week. Plus families that eat together have kids with better grades.

Meals don’t need to be complicated or time-consuming — the key is doing it together. If evenings are jammed, make breakfast your together time. Learn more at

This is Judy Barbe helping you LiveBest.

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