Family, friends, and food. Together they create the memorable moments that make up who we are. And while you might look back on the smiles and stories from mealtime with the fondest of memories, turns out family meals are important for many other, not-so-obvious reasons.
Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family. For example, families who frequently cook at home eat healthier meals with fewer calories. Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior.
So there you have it, science supports what IGA's Hometown Proud store owners around the world have always known: home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members.
But don't feel bad if you find yourself struggling to make mealtime a family affair. According to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Juggling jobs, kids, and the demands of a busy, modern life often means family meals fall by the wayside, which is precisely why IGA wants to be your partner for meal time solutions, beginning with National Family Meals Month.
All through the month of September, IGA is encouraging families to share one more meal together each week, and we’re rolling out resources to help give you the simple, healthy meal solutions you need:
Visit our Better Choices page for additional recipes, information on why family meals matter, and tips to help you make family meals without a hitch.
Find savings on family favorite ingredients throughout the month of September.
Keep an eye out for the nourishing prepared meals our local grocers offer in-store as your quick and easy meal solution.
As the school year starts, we challenge you to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids and help them flourish, and to help us spread the word! Follow us on Facebook for family meals content, including shopping tips and recipes, and share your own family meal experiences, misadventures, and solutions within your social channels. And, remember, use the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth to be part of the conversation!
IGA is committed to taking care of the families and communities we serve, which is why inspiring families to eat at home together more often is so important to us. We are proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ with you this September!