SET the Table for Success!
December 2021
Sit Together, Eat Together, Talk Together!
Support positive mealtimes for children.

Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. Making meal times relaxed and pleasant is worth the commitment! Pleasant meal and snack time create a positive eating environment. Caregivers can sit and eat together with the children, role model healthy eating behaviours, and talk pleasantly with the children. The early years are important for healthy growth and development, and learning healthy habits that can continue into their adult years. Follow the child’s lead and respond to what they are talking about.

Sit Together!

People of all ages eat better when they share a meal with others. They tend to eat more fruits and vegetables and other nutrient-rich foods. Sitting together also provides a sense of security for children, and lets them know that they are valued and important.

Eat Together!

Meal and snack times are a great time to connect with children and build relationships. Eating together provides a chance for adults to role model eating healthy foods. The benefits of eating together are greatest if you don’t eat in front of the TV and other screens like tablets or phones.

Talk Together!

Children are learning at mealtimes – about language and social skills, food and eating skills. Eating together gives young children the chance to learn more words and how to communicate better. Focus on each other. Talk about their day, what they love and enjoy; talk about fun and happy things.

Learn more about Supporting Positive Mealtimes here.

To learn more, join AHS Dietitians on Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 from 2 - 3 PM. Click here to register for FREE!
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