The Family Health Plan


If you need more motivation to improve your diet, just think of junior and his sister: Eating regular meals with your kids may make them healthier teenagers. When University of Minnesota researchers tracked the eating habits of a group of 12-year-olds, they found that children who ate with their families 5 days a week were more likely to take in greater amounts of calcium, fiber, and potassium in their late teens. If parents set a precedent of serving healthy foods at family meals while their kids are young, the children are more likely to adopt good eating habits as they grow up, says study author Teri L Burgess-Champoux, PhD. Do frantic schedules keep you and your children apart at dinnertime? Move family meals to the morning, and make breakfast the new dinner.



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