Eating together as a family ismore important today than in the past because there aremore competing distractions, more choices of activities outside the home, and a constant bombardment of information from modern technology. http://www.familydinnervideo.com
“Family dinners improve physical and mental health” According to a study published recently in Pediatrics, sitting down to a family dinner together three or more times per week resulted in kids being 12 percent less likely to be overweight; there was also a 20 percent reduced chance of their developing eating disorders. More benefits? A 20 percent reduction in the odds of a child’s consuming junk food and a 24 percent increased chance family members will eat healthy food. http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/6-ways-to-get-dinner-on-the-table- faster
In an article from families.com by Teresa McEntire,“Why Families Should Eat Together,she writes :eat together benefit in a variety of ways:Eating together helps families achieve bettercommunication and build stronger relationships,children do better in school and are better adjusted asteens and adults,and the entire family enjoys better nutrition. Eatingtogether provides opportunities for communication.”
Sitting down to regular meals reduces the chance of teenage drug use in girls Teenage girls whose families eat meals together regularly have a 50 percent lower chance of using alcohol, tobacco or marijuana than girlsfrom families who did not regularly spend such time together, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024990.html#ixzz2C7oDtNhb
Four simple steps Make it a top priority to eat together. Keep the conversation at the table positive. Turn off the TV. Make the meals special by cooking each one’s favorite food from time to time.
Ideomatic Expressions• In english, there are many ideomatic expressions, or figures of speech, related to food. The expressions feature words related to food or eating, but are commonly used in other contexts.
Examples It puts bread on her table (= It helps her make a living.) It´s a bit hard for people to swallow. (= People could not believe it.)
Phrasal verbsWhat is a phrasal verb?A phrasal verb is a verb combined with a preposition. The preposition can add•extra meaning to the verb or give it more emphasis.• Could you switch off the light, please?I had an ice-cream to cool down.Some, prepositions change the meaning of different verbs in a similar way. Thepreposition away, for example, can mean away from here, or it can meanintensively. This means that it can be combined with any verb of activity.I didnt hear the telephone because I was working away.Ive been typing away all•morning.Phrasal verbs are a really important part of the English language, especially forspoken English.•