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Title:Eat Better, Eat Together Toolkit
Alt. Title:Ideas for Promoting Positive Family Meals
Pub. date: 1999, updated 2001, 2003, 2007
Includes: Reproducible brochures (free), and accompanying promotional materials (available for purchase on the web site)
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Description:This set of reproducible brochures promotes eating together as a family to encourage healthful eating and positive social interaction among family members and to promote good tasting, healthful meals on a limited budget.
Funding Source: USDA Food Stamp Program, Washington State University
Length: 24 pages
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Topics included in the brochure are:
  • 10 Tips for Quality Family Meals
  • Cooking with Young Children
  • Family Breakfast; Family Meals with Growing Children
  • Get in Touch with Family Meals
  • Getting Started; Healthful Meals
  • Make Family Time Active Time
  • Make It at Home: Save Money and Eat Better
  • Make your Family Meal a Special Event
  • Setting the Table
  • Who Has Time for Family Meals? You Do!
  • Family Mealtime - Deciding Who Does What?

While family meals are the main focus, the brochures address topics such as physical activity for the whole family and shopping tips to save money. The "Make It at Home: Save Money and Eat Better" brochure promotes family meals and food shopping on a budget, pointing out the economic benefits of family meals. Also, many of the brochures contain recipes.

The Web site contains some additional materials that were not extensively reviewed by the SNAP-Ed Connection, such as the "Links to Family Meal Information," "Working with the Media," "Family, Food and Fun Night", "Who Has Time for Family Meals", and "Involving the Family in Meal Time Preparation." Some of the costs associated with the "Family, Food and Fun Night" activities, such as the meals provided, are not reimbursable SNAP expenses.

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Eat Better, Eat Together Tool Kit: Ideas for Promoting Positive Family Meals:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Washington State University
    Contact: Sue Butkus
    Mail: 7612 Pioneer Way E.
Puyallup, WA 98371-4998
    Phone: (253) 445-4553
    Ordering: Available online only
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Cost varies depending on item ordered.

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