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In support of family dinners…latest research from UF! | MILESTONES IN THE MAKING

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In support of family dinners…latest research from UF!

Families who eat together at meals at least three times a week tend to have healthier kids and stronger family ties, and a new study at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions is investigating why.

Dr. David Janicke, an associate professor in the department of clinical and health psychology, is leading the Family Mealtime Project, which will look at meal habits of 30 Gainesville area families.

“Family mealtime is very important,” Janicke said. “The interactions are a microcosm of the family environment in general.”

The mealtime might be the only time the family spends together, Janicke added, so it allows parents not only to introduce foods to their kids, teach them manners and model healthy eating habits, but solve problems and show a general interest in their children.

To read more:  http://www.ocala.com/article/20121028/articles/121029709