Did you know...?  Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.' Additionally, regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits, and less risky behavior. However, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. Why is this? Yes, juggling jobs, kids, and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home.  With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, we are proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month™ in September! During September, we encourage families to share one more healthy meal together per week. We will highlight simple meal solutions all September-long to help make that happen. So, as the new school year starts, we challenge you to renew your commitment to creating and serving meals at home that nourish your kids and help them flourish for life. Pledge to Raise Your Mitt to Commit™ to sharing one more family meal at home per week. Need some inspiration? We're here to help! Join us for our FREE class: Healthy Family Meals Under $20. Register to secure your spot by clicking the class links below: Find family-friendly tips and recipes on our blog. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, or subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for family meals focused content, including shopping tips and recipes. And be sure to share your own family meal experiences, misadventures, and solutions within your own social channels using the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth to be part of the conversation. And be sure to tag us -- we'd love to see your stories!     Source Note: Cornell University College of Human Ecology Department of Policy Analysis and Management: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference?, Eliza Cook, Rachel Dunifon. 2012; Accessed [date], http://www.human.cornell.edu/pam/outreach/upload/Family-Mealtimes-2.pdf