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Let’s Eat

Family eating habits have changed due to lifestyle changes in our society and the ever increasing growth and influence  of technology. This change in the way families fuel themselves affects many things, not just our physical health and nutrition but mood, energy, behaviour and growth.  Even our ability to concentrate is affected and these  areas are negatively impacted by increased intake of junk food and the additives that make convenience meals so quick to get them from the freezer to the stomach. 

How we eat as a family is equally as important too. The amount of face-to-face time young people have with the rest of the family group has a huge impact on their mental health. This is because meal times eaten together on a daily basis become a key place for children to connect together with parents and each other. It’s a place where they learn to listen to each other and also voice what’s going on with them.

The Let’s Eat Programme is a series of free courses to teach life skills such as:

  • Budgeting and buying ingredients for family meals
  • Preparing a range of easy and fun homemade meals
  • Getting the kids on board with practical stuff like cooking and laying a table
  • Using daily meal time as a key place to connect with the family
  • Learning how to negotiate food refuses, picky eaters and kids that would rather be doing something else
  • Making simple changes to the way families talk to improve kids’ mental health

All of our courses are run by experienced health care professionals who also happen to be fully qualified mum and dads in their own right and know first-hand that meal times aren’t always easy. Courses are designed and implemented by a trained Health Psychologist (BPS registered).