Symposium Session: Family Meals Matter: Barriers, Benefits, and Strategies for Eating Together

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4040, 4150, 4160, 8060
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.4.1, 8.4.3, 12.2.1

Eating family meals together is the best recipe for encouraging good eating habits, healthy body weight in children and adolescents, and reduced risk for eating disorders. Kids who break bread with their families also get better grades in school, eat more fruits and vegetables, and consume fewer soft drinks. Despite the benefits to both body and soul, just 30% of families eat dinner together every night. This session explores the benefits of, barriers to (some of them may surprise you), and creative and doable strategies for nurturing family mealtime.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. List and discuss evidence-based benefits to eating family meals together.
  2. Understand the five most common barriers to family mealtime.
  3. Identify and implement creative strategies aimed at helping families increase the frequency of eating meals together.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CDR
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Liz Weiss, MS, RD, is founder of Meal Makeover Moms and host of the award-winning podcast Cooking With the Moms. She’s also author of five books, including Eat and Color the Alphabet and No Whine With Dinner.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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