Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior. National Family Meals Month is a nationwide celebration designed to underscore the benefits of family meals, and, this September, Seafood Nutrition Partnership is among the organizations accepting the challenge and encouraging all Americans to pledge to share one more meal at home per week with our families.
Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family, yet, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. With all the demands of a busy, modern life, family mealtime is often among the first to be cut from schedules.
Making and eating dinner at home is one way families can stay connected and share their daily experiences together as a family while enjoying a nutritious meal. When you cook your own meals, you know what you’re putting into your food, which is often healthier -- and if you get your kids involved in cooking, they feel proud of helping and are more likely to eat wholesome foods.
Plus, fish and shellfish supply the nutrients essential for strong bones, brain development, and healthy immune and cardiovascular systems. As the new school year begins, it’s important to remember fish is a delicious source of lean protein that is perfect for busy students -- and their parents. Eating seafood regularly can help increase energy, improve memory, and aid in sports performance.
SNP’s non-profit mission is to help Americans address preventable health issues through a balanced diet centered around seafood. We want families to know that seafood is tasty, healthy, fast and easy to prepare for dinner, with most dishes taking about 15 minutes to make. We offer several tips and ideas for cooking healthy, balanced meals at home.
SNP also offers several recipes that are perfect for busy families, including a series of 12 Eating Heart Healthy recipes designed to feed a family of four for less than $10, as well as four cooking videos for kids by kids. Try parmesan crusted pollock - a seafood dish even kids will love.
Read the entire press release here.
The staff, Board of Directors, and chef ambassadors of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership invite the public to join us in sharing the health impacts they have achieved through the Healthy Heart Pledge. We invite you to share your story!
Seafood Nutrition Partnership is a 501(c)3 with a mission to inspire a healthier America through partnerships and outreach to raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood.
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