Family meals

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Why This Indicator Matters

Family meals provide a valuable opportunity to connect and have known health benefits. Specifically, shared family meals are more likely to be nutritious, kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grants and teens who take part in regular family meals are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use marijuana and other drugs. Studies have shown that children who eat meals with their families are also more likely to have healthier diets as adults.

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Definitions: Meals in which all family members ate together in past week, Delaware

Data Source: National Survey of Children's Health. Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center on Child and Adolescent Health website. Retrieved from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=4779$r=9.