Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Life is busy. But it shouldn’t be to busy to stop and spend time with your family.
The Family Dinner Project has confirmed what parents have known for a long time: sharing a meal together is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members.
In honor of October’s Eat Better, Eat Together Month, U.S. Cellular encourages smartphone owners to take advantage of U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network with national coverage to help manage planning nutritious family meals, but just as important, to “unplug” and enjoy a simple, healthy meal together.
Apps to help plan healthy meals:
These apps allow users to search recipes by keywords, dietary restrictions, cook/prep time and ingredients to include or exclude. They also have options to save and organize favorite recipes, add necessary ingredients to an online grocery list and receive customized recipe recommendations based on food preferences and restrictions.
There are also apps that make family mealtimes less stressful by ordering meal delivery through GrubHub or the new UberEats application. And making dinner reservations at local restaurants is easy using OpenTable.
Apps and tips to aid in getting everyone to “unplug” during mealtime:
Apps like Offtime and BreakFree track connectivity and limit device usage, reminding smartphone users to unplug at certain times, which helps them digitally detox and enjoy family (or alone) time without distractions.
U.S. Cellular’s Parent-Child Agreement offers an easy way for parents to talk to their kids about appropriate phone usage.
Similarly, ParentKit allows parents to digitally set limits regarding when their children can use their devices as well as which age-appropriate games, sites and apps the kids can access. Limiting smartphone usage at specific times – such as meals – allows families to maintain a healthy digital lifestyle so they can spend time together without interruption.
A great and simple solution to unplugging with the family is simply to power off all devices for a set amount of time. Family members won’t be as tempted to check a text, reply to an e-mail or read social media statuses if they don’t hear the “ping” of incoming messages. While it’s great to stay connected, it can be refreshing to disconnect for a bit as well.