Symposium Session: The Magic of Family Mealtime: Benefits That Last a Lifetime
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 meals together as a family is magical. It nurtures both the body and the soul by fostering good eating habits, a healthy body weight in children and adolescents, a reduced risk of eating disorders, and better grades in school. Current data show that while 30% of families eat dinner together every night, most still struggle to make family meals a regular reality. As food and nutrition professionals, we're positioned to teach the public the how-tos for both creating nourishing meals and coming together more often when the dinner bell rings. With real-world strategies from some of the nation's top family nutrition experts and her own busy kitchen, Liz presents the barriers that sabotage family mealtime and creative ways RDNs can guide their clients back to the table.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:
- List and discuss evidence-based benefits to eating family meals together.
- Understand the most common barriers to family mealtime.
- Identify and implement creative strategies for helping families increase the frequency of eating meals together.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, has been passionate about healthy food and family nutrition for well over two decades. Helping families discover the joy of wholesome and delicious food is not just her job, it’s her mission. As the mother of two grown children, Liz advocates a real food approach to feeding families, and she brings that food philosophy to life on the Liz's Healthy Table podcast where award-winning chefs, dietitians, and fellow foodies tackle a wide range of topics including cooking with kids, sustainability and food waste, meal prepping, and going meatless more often.
Liz was a producer and reporter for CNN’s Nutrition News unit from 1987 to 1992 and is best known for her recent work as the cofounder of the online platform Meal Makeover Moms. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and two of its dietetic practice groups: Food & Culinary Professionals and Nutrition Entrepreneurs.
Liz is a contributor to Today’s Dietitian’s RD Lounge, and she brings more than 25 years of professional speaking experience to the podium for both the public and health professional audiences. She lives in New England with her family.
Liz Weiss has no relevant disclosures to report. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 1.50 CDR