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JANUARY - NATIONAL SUNDAY SUPPER MONTH

submitted by Lisa Secrist

National Sunday Supper Month is an annual designation observed in January. The Sunday supper was once an opportunity after a hectic week for families to gather around the supper table to spend time together and share stories about their week. These days families are busy with after school activities, jobs and homework. Sunday supper has been a disappearing tradition around the country and the Sunday Supper Movement aims to bring families back together in the kitchen and around the dinner table one Sunday at a time. If you are finding it difficult to get together with your family at the dinner table, here is a little inspiration:

OBSERVE
Gather with family or friends & prepare a meal together
Savor each other’s company around the supper table
TURN PHONES OFF! And the TV, too! NO electronic devices allowed at the table!

MAKE IT FUN
Theme nights – try a theme night – try a taco bar, pasta night, or make your own pizzas – the possibilities are endless. It is also a great time to try out that new recipe.
Invite friends or family – reconnect with friends and family by sharing a meal with them. Make it a potluck and play some games.
Make it a moveable feast. Do a tailgate. Go on a picnic or eat in the backyard. Move the meal to Grandma’s house every now and then. What’s important is that your family is together.
Use conversation starters – talk about the best part of your day, where you would like to go on a vacation, or your most embarrassing moment. The most important thing is to interact with those sitting with you.

BENEFITS
Promotes healthier eating
Cheaper than eating out – save money by cooking your own meals
You control your portions – the average restaurant meal has as much as 60% more calories than a homemade meal.
Allows a family to focus on each other and to enjoy face to face interaction

Empower your family by nurturing them around the family table. Making a vow to eat together on Sunday evenings. Who knows? That may soon grow into more family meals shared with the ones you love.


www.sundaysuppermovement.com

www.health.com/health

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