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The Benefits of Eating Together for Children and Families

Eating together can happen at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are some practical tips and strategies for getting started on eating together.

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Little Chefs, Big Benefits: Cooking with young children

Getting children into the kitchen is a great way to have fun and try new recipes. Cooking with children is also a chance to share traditions, learn about different cultures and spend time together. Learn how you can create an inviting space, keep it safe and still allow children to build an appreciation for food and the world around us from this 4-page handout.

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Sharing Food, Sharing Fun

Handout outlining tips and benefits for both children and parents when they share meals.

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Let's Talk...Mealtime Conversation Cards for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Public Health Services, Island Health

Download and print double-sided to assemble your set of conversation starter cards. Choose a card, read it out loud and get talking!

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Making Meals Matter

Learn how you can model healthy eating habits and make meals matter.

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Oregon Shared Meals Initiative

Nutrition Council of Oregon

Educational materials, mealtime fact sheets and recipes to promote shared meals. From the Oregon Shared Meals Initiative, Nutrition Council of Oregon.

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Let's Talk

Set of 30 cards you can print and use to help start conversations at meals. Developed by Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Island Health. Download the black & white, easy-to-print version, or the colourful version, attached.

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Shopping Sense

‚ÄčTake this multimedia shopping experience developed by Healthy Families BC to help you get organized, plan ahead and make a list so you have everything you need on hand to take the chore out of meal preparation before stepping foot in the grocery store. 

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Mealtime Conversation Cards

Make Mealtime Family Time

A free downloadable set of conversation cards.

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The Kids Cook Monday

The Kids Cook Monday provides examples of kid friendly recipes and video demonstrations along with nutrition and safety tips—making it easy for families to cook and eat together every Monday.

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