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Family Dining

Enjoy each other while enjoying family meals. Keep meal time relaxed to nourish the body and help your family make stronger connections.

Learn more about the importance of eating as a family with the resources below.

The Importance of Family Mealtimes — Learn the benefits of serving family meals and find resources for getting started.

Making Family Mealtime a Tradition Online Course — Short, free online course about the benefits of eating meals together as a family. Are you in the MFIP/TANF program? This course counts as one hour of Core TANF activity for Life Skills Training.

Keep Family Mealtimes (202 KB PDF) — Summary of the multiple benefits that come with eating as a family, and tips for making family meals successful.

Teens and Family Meals (240 K PDF) — Teen Talk Fact Sheet reviews benefits of family meals and tips for success.

Family Mealtime Audio Clip — Mary Caskey, University of Minnesota Extension Educator

Other Recommended Resources

Cooking with KidsUnited States Department of Agriculture — Teach children of all ages about healthy eating by inviting them into the kitchen.

Kids Eat RightAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics — Scientifically-based health and nutrition information and recipes to help children grow, delivered in a consumer-friendly way.

Family DayThe National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University — Get information and get tools to celebrate "Family Day," a national initiative to promote eating dinner with your children.

Kids a Cookin’Kansas State University —This bilingual site hosts online kids recipes that parents and kids can make together.

Kickin Kitchen TVKidsCOOK Productions — Bringing kids and cooking together with original programming for TV and the web.

Healthy Eating — Support your health at every stage of life with the foods you eat.

The Recipe Box — Quick, simple recipes using easy-to-find ingredients that work in even the tightest budget.

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