Eat as a Family

Living: Family
5 Reasons to Eat as a Family at Least Once a Week

Primary Media


August 20 2018


Dining as a family can be tricky with busy schedules, but if you can sneak in a few meals together throughout the week, the benefits are priceless. Check out our Family Meals Cooking Guide for easy, quick, one-dish recipes and discover a new family favorite.

Learn more about staying on top of your family's health and wellness in Balance magazine, available by subscription or free in Hy-Vee stores.


  1. Increased Confidence for Kids

    For some families, spending as little as 20 minutes together can build kids’ self-esteem, increase emotional intelligence, and give children a broader life perspective.

  2. Reduced Risk of Teen Troubles

    Regular family meals have been linked to a lower risk of obesity, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, and an increased chance of graduating from high school.

  3. Character Development

    Parents and grandparents have the opportunity to chat about important topics, such as education, hobbies, and interests. This is the time to mold your child’s character by talking about honesty, truthfulness, charity, or other topics you value.

  4. Good Nutrition Habits

    Studies show that when children have family meals growing up, they are more likely to eat regular—and more nutritious—meals as adults. For tips on how to eat well as a family, contact your local Hy-Vee dietitian to set up a store tour.

  5. Better Table Manners

    Eating as a family gives you a chance to practice table manners with youngsters. Children can also learn mealtime etiquette by helping in the kitchen, setting the table, filling water glasses, clearing dishes, and offering seconds.

    Discover more fun ways cook as a family. Check out our Cooking with Kids section.