Family Meals

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Family meals are making a comeback and thats good news. Eating together gives family members time to build stronger bonds. Dr. Edward Hill discusses family meals in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

For many families, eating meals together is rare and hard to coordinate. Family meals are a good chance to build strong relationships.

Shared family meals are more likely to be nutritious, and getting everyone together is a chance to reconnect. This becomes even more important as children get older.

When you gather at mealtime, it should be a pleasant time to enjoy each other and the food without distractions and stress.

Use these simple steps with your family the next time you come together for a meal.

Set The Table. Serve the meal so each person can choose the portions and food items he or she wants. Have each person serve him or herself.

Relax. Turn off all distractions like TVs, video games, cell phones and loud music. Take a moment to relax before eating.

Be There. Be present while eating, enjoy being together and have light conversations. Discussions about problems with school, poor grades or other unpleasant events should be saved for another time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.