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Mealtime Blessings Project

A campaign focused on families gathering and sharing a mealtime together

The Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, the Chickasaw Nation WIC Program and other Chickasaw Nation family programs researched, developed and implemented a family mealtime campaign promoting the physical, mental, and social benefits of the family mealtime ritual and strategies to help families overcome today’s busy schedules and other barriers to reinvent mealtimes together. This mealtime campaign focused on the action of families gathering and sharing a mealtime together.

From their research, they found that evidence suggests children who take part in family meals are:

  • less likely to be overweight
  • more likely to eat more healthy foods
  • have less delinquency
  • experience greater academic achievement
  • have improved psychological well-being
  • experience positive family interactions

In addition to a social media presence that includes a Mealtime Blessings Facebook page and Twitter account: @mealtimebless, various resources were developed to encourage and engage families in meaningful mealtime, including:

  • table tents
  • posters
  • videos
  • recipe cards
  • conversation starters
  • family mealtime journals
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