The Importance of Family Meal Time

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – For the past several months, families have been thrust together due to stay at home orders. What some might begrudgingly view as “forced family fun” is proving beneficial to households across the country, with bonds being made like never before. 

A new survey by The National Pork Board shows that even though people crave a return to “normal,” families report shared mealtime as something they’ll miss and 86% say they’ll continue eating together post-COVID. Surprisingly, the survey found that even 71% of teenagers said they consider catching up and spending time with family members as the best part of family dinners. 

The togetherness often starts before the meal — with more than half of families surveyed cooking more since COVID and one in three trying new recipes. 

During this tour, psychotherapist and New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Gottlieb will discuss the importance of family connections and how they can benefit behavioral and nutritional health at this critical time. She will highlight:  

  • How personal connections can support resilience during challenging times 
  • Why the dinner table is an ideal place to strengthen family ties 
  • The connection between food and wholistic health 
  • What kind of stability a routine activity (like a family meal) can provide during a time of uncertainty 
  • How social connectedness has been linked to both improvements in mental AND physical health 
  • Family-friendly meals and menu ideas available at www.pork.org/realpork 

INTERVIEW WITH: Lori Gottlieb is Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is the co-host of the iHeart Radio podcast, “Dear Therapists,” produced by Katie Couric. Her recent TED Talk is one of the top 10 most watched of the year. A member of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind, she is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  

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