Make the Most of Mealtimes

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Studies show that when kids eat dinner with their families, they're more likely to have nutritious diets, healthier weights and do better in school. And moms know that sharing a meal together is an important part of building strong families.

In fact, according to an online survey of 1000 moms by the National Milk Mustache "got milk?(r)" campaign, the majority of moms
* recognize that dinner is an important time to connect as a family (88 percent).
* value it as an opportunity to teach kids about good nutrition (77 percent).

But there's something missing. While 69 percent of moms say they get their whole family together around the table five or more times a week, not all of them are making the most of this nutritional opportunity - less than 36 percent of them are serving milk with dinner. In recent years, soft drinks and sugary fruit drinks have been edging out milk at mealtime.

That's why celebrity chef and father of three Tyler Florence is teaming up with the national Milk Mustache "got milk?" campaign to help families make the most of the time they do spend together at dinner. "Families are getting back together for dinner, but we must make the dinners we have together meaningful - both emotionally and nutritionally," said Florence.