Eating together is more important than you can imagine. Research over the past decade has suggested eating together results in less substance abuse and lower teen pregnancy rates. Elderly people who eat together tend to eat more and have a better nutritional status. In addition to learning table manners, young children also learn how to communicate during meal times. Surveys have suggested that as Canadians we spend 45 minutes less each day with our families than we did 25 years ago. We can do better than that! Respect meal times as a time to reflect, enjoy, and nourish ourselves.
– Nina Hirvi, RD