August can be one of the busiest times of the year while summer is coming to an end and school is just staring back up again. Between sports seasons starting, weekend summer get always, or back to school season, it can be very hard to find time to eat balanced meals.
August is Kids Eat Right month which helps us put an emphasis on educating the youth on healthy living. Letting your kids cook with you teaches them the basics on how to cook, what their food intake is, and it creates bonding time. If kids live a healthy lifestyle at a younger age, they are more likely to carry that out for later years.
A study published in 2011 used a large sample size of children to look at the relationship between the frequency of family meal time and the nutritional well being of those children. The suggestion of this study states that families should have meals three times a week together to show the full benefits. These benefits include a decreased chance of the child becoming overweight, less likely to develop an eating disorder, and more likely of a chance for the child to pick healthier food options by themselves.