Help Your Family Stay Healthy, But Not Just with Food

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​​Serving healthy meals at home has many family benefits.  September is Nathional Family Meals Month and UT Extension encourages families to dine together.

September is National Family Meals MonthÔ and National Food Safety Education MonthÔ. Take this month to experience the benefits of preparing healthy and safe meals at home. 

According to UT Extension Nutrition Specialist Janie Burney studies show the more meals families share, the better their nutrition. But the benefits of having family meals together spread far beyond food. Kids and teens who eat meals with their families four times a week earn better test scores and succeed in school. Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, sense of well-being, positive social behaviors and stronger family connections. The more families share meals the less likely their kids are to drink alcohol, smoke or use marijuana. 

To help families prepare healthy and safe meals at home, the Partnership for Food Safety has developed recipes that include helpful food safety information. Celebrate the month with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower and Rosemary Turkey Meatloaf. You can download these recipes from the Partnership for Food Safety Education ( Choose food safety education and from the pull-down menu, select Food Safety Education Month 2017. More recipes include Maple Syrup Pork Chops and Tex-Mex Potato Skins. 

University of Tennessee Extension is your local resource for preparing healthy meals safely. Educational programs are available for both adults and youth. To learn more about programs in your county, contact your local county Extension office. You can also visit the UT Extension Family and Consumer Sciences website:

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Janie Burney, UT Extension, 865-97-7402,