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Family Dinner: What's Your Number?

Don’t know if you caught this over the weekend, but Michelle Obama had a live chat with AOL’s Kitchen Daily in order to promote her Let’s Move initiative to fight childhood obesity. One of the things she suggests to parents trying to take control their children’s diets is to cook dinner for the family more often starting out with the very modest, very doable goal of once a week if they have to. I love this message. I’ve talked to a lot of people who are paralyzed by the idea of family dinner a lot of parents who don’t know how to cook so instead of trying, they just shut down. I like Obama’s philosophy: it’s a lot easier to convince parents who don’t cook to start small, then let it build to twice a week, then three times a week then more as they get addicted to the high they get from feeding their kids good, healthy meals. I’m curious to know, though, how many times a week do you sit down to dinner for your family? I’d just like to know the sit-down number even if what you’re eating is not necessarily homemade and from scratch. I’ll start by sharing my number: Five.

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