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Editor's e-Note
Chowin’ Down With Family

My mom always says, “There’s nothing like family!” She has shown me this time and again whenever she made a delicious family meal to enjoy with friends and relatives—which was quite often. But family meals have taken on an even more important meaning as we hunkered down and practiced social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) pays homage to National Family Meals Month by highlighting study results from the FMI Foundation that detail how the pandemic has positively impacted family meals and what may be in store for the future.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the August/September issue, which includes articles on antioxidant beverages, the COVID-19 vaccine and diabetes, mindfulness interventions and heart health, atypical anorexia nervosa, and the ongoing conversation about the need for greater diversity in dietetics.

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— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
COVID-19 Has Fundamentally Changed Family Meals

September is National Family Meals Month, established by the FMI Foundation in 2015 to encourage families to eat more meals at home together and bring awareness to the potential benefits of doing so. This is valuable, as frequently sharing meals as a family is correlated with better family functioning and greater intake of fruits and vegetables among children and teens.

This Family Meals Month, it’s worth reflecting on how the global pandemic fundamentally has changed many aspects of our lives—from work, to school, to shopping—and now even the way we eat, particularly family meals. The FMI Foundation has documented this shift with the “Staying Strong With Family Meals” Barometer, a research tracking tool.

This barometer is a recurring quantitative study with a nationally representative sample of consumers. The effort began in August 2020 and is being updated frequently with tracking data.

The barometer shows us how the global pandemic transformed the family meals landscape; in fact, some of the changes have been for the better.

For example, the latest data, including the following, reveal that Americans are cooking more with their families and having more family meals:
  • 87% say they’re cooking with their families the same amount or more than before the pandemic.
  • 86% report they’re having the same amount or more in-person family meals.
  • 75% say they’re having the same amount or more virtual family meals.
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Learn the risks and realities about arsenic in food in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CEUs!

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Beyond The Plate: A Global Perspective on Milk
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Personalized Nutrition: Where Emerging Science Meets Consumers' Health Needs
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How to Implement Plant-Based Diabetes Programs in Your Practice: Strategies for Success
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Where Does Nutrition Fit in the Sustainability Equation?
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Field Notes
Dietary Strategies May Promote Mental Health in Young Adults

Healthful dietary patterns are associated with higher frequency of exercise and mental well-being in young adults, according to new research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

“Young adults are known to be at a higher risk of mental distress,” says Lina Begdache, PhD, RDN, CDN, CNS-S, FAND, an assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University. “The impact of diet on mood has been highlighted in previous studies. However, most studies depicting the role of nutrients on mood were performed on a wide range of ages and generalized the results to both sexes.”

The researchers invited adults aged 18 to 29 to complete a food-mood questionnaire. The anonymous questionnaire was distributed to several institutional listservs and via several social media platforms targeting young adults. A multilevel analysis, including machine learning techniques, was used to assess these relationships. The results suggest that, for young men and women, healthful dietary patterns are associated with higher frequency of exercise and mental well-being, and vice versa. However, this study also investigated the impact of food groups and exercise within a dietary pattern on mental well-being.

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Other News
Nutrition in the ED?
In Emergency Medicine News, an emergency and lifestyle medicine physician advocates for nutrition prescriptions in the emergency department.

Lawsuits Abound Over ‘Misleading’ Food Packaging Claims
The New York Times dives into the flurry of class action lawsuits against various food companies over “clean eating” and sustainability- and animal welfare–related labels.
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