Did You Know Shared Meals Can Improve Your Family’s Health?

Learn more about the benefits of eating together plus how to sign up for this year’s Hands-on Cook-off Contest.

Taking time to share and enjoy the company of our friends and family during mealtime has never been more in vogue.  As President’s Choice’s #EatTogether campaign moves into its 2nd year, the importance of sharing a meal with others has broadened to the time spent eating in the workplace.  With the campaign’s continued success, the importance of family and friendship around the table, both in and out of the home, has clearly caught the nation’s attention. 

So what can you do in BC to make mealtimes more meaningful for your family?  Participate in the 2018 Hands-on Cook-off Contest!    

“Research shows that there are many benefits of eating together, including better nutrition, better school performance, and better social adjustment for everyone involved”

This year marks the 9th year for the Hands-on Cook-off Contest from Better Together, a community-centered initiative developed in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health.  This year’s contest will take place from April 16th to May 16th, and invites everyone in BC to grab a friend or relative and create a home cooking video in celebration of making and eating meals together. 

Research shows that there are many benefits of eating together, including better nutrition, better school performance, and better social adjustment for everyone involved: kids, youth and adults.

How to Participate?

Hands-on cook-off contest

The rules are simple!  Contest submissions can be made by BC residents anytime from April 16th to May 16th, 2018. Videos must include two generations cooking together and be no longer than three minutes.  Tips on making the video can be found here

There are no technical skills required—videos can be made using phone video cameras.  Full contest details, including where to upload videos, can be found on the contest site:  www.bettertogetherbc.ca/contest

If you are looking for a perfect spring activity for BC families, this is it!  

Still Looking for More?

If eating together is new to your family or if you’ve have tried it with young kids with little success, read “Thank you, Sam-I-Am!” for Helping with Picky Eating for helpful tips on creating a pleasant mealtime.

Other articles of interest: 

Watch Out—Grocery Cart and Toddler Coming Through! Two ways to get young kids shopping & cooking

Dietitians of Canada member blog 2018

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