Linsey Foods

Linsey Foods

May 01, 2007 13:00 ET

Frequent Family Meals Provide a Host of Benefits

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 01, 2007) - As the school year winds down, freeing kids to an unstructured summer of activities, and with recent research showing that Canadian adults spend more time than ever at work, it's easy to give up on the idea of scheduling regular meals as a family.

That would be a mistake.

The simple act of having dinner together has a proven benefit for kids, especially as they become teens. In fact, your mealtime commitment might be one of the most important activities you do as a family. Experts at Columbia University report that the more children eat dinner with their family, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

The founders of Ontario-based Linsey Foods, makers of ET TU Salad Kits, are passing this message on to Canadian parents and children, by promoting a renewed commitment toward frequent family meals.

"As busy parents of an active teen and pre-teen ourselves, we realize it's a constant challenge to maintain family mealtime as a priority," says Doug Woolsey, who co-founded Linsey Foods with his wife, Linda, in 1988. "The dinner table is where the family convenes to share and connect at the end of the day, and we feel it's vital to remind families to avoid concessions to this time."

So, how do you make sure everyone comes to the table?

-- Start the custom of regular family dinnertime with your children when
they are young, so it will be the norm when they are teens.

-- Make dinner time special by turning off distractions such as the TV,
and avoid answering the phone.

-- Eat in the kitchen or dining room. Have every member of the family
help in the setup and clearing, creating more opportunity for interaction.

-- Share regularly in the preparation of meals. Kids and their parents
can take turns planning and cooking a favorite dish, or all work together
to create family potlucks.

-- Make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the conversation.
Talking about extracurricular activities and current events can make for
great dinner discussion.

"Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to connect and build parent-child relationships," states Doug Woolsey. "We urge parents and children to make time for regular family meals and their preparation. The conversations and interactions that go with this time shared can have benefits for a lifetime."

ET TU offers more suggestions on making "Family Mealtime" a regular celebration, as well as easy recipes for even the youngest family members to help create. Visit for information, recipes and ongoing Family Mealtime campaign details.

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