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Pledge to Prepare Safe and Healthy Family Meals

Pledge to Prepare Safe and Healthy Family Meals, Nebraska Extension Acreage Insights September 2017.

Multiple studies show that home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Preparing healthy and safe meals at home is made easy with new resources from Partnership for Food Safety Education and the Food Marketing Institute Foundation.

An infographic showing the importance of family meals. Five or more family meals per week lead to 20% 'A' grades; 2 family meals per week lead to 12% 'A' grades among students.

According to the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, there are many benefits to families making and sharing meals at home:

  • The more meals families share, the better their nutrition.
  • Kids and teens who eat meals with their families 4+ times per week earn better test scores and succeed in school.
  • Frequent family meals increase self-esteem, sense of wellbeing, positive social behavior and stronger family connections.
  • The more families share meals the less likely their kids are to drink, smoke or use marijuana.

September marks National Family Meals™ and Food Safety Education Month. Partnership for Food Safety Education has released four easy recipes that include food safety instructions and will support families in preparing family meals at home.

Each recipe includes food safety built right in. Other resources at can get you started with family meal planning and with modeling for all family members important safe food handling and preparation behaviors.

Raise your mitt and commit to prepare one additional family meal per week. More information is available at National Family Meals Month™ and research on the benefits of family meals. 

Nancy Urbanec
Nancy Urbanec
Nebraska Extension Associate - Food, Nutrition & Health

Nancy's work as an Extension Associate is in nutrition and health, with a specialization in food safety.

Contact Nancy at:
Douglas/Sarpy County Extension
8014 West Center Road
Omaha, NE 68124