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MU Extension encourages healthy eating on Dec. 3

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The University of Missouri Extension is encouraging families to eat healthy on Wednesday, Dec. 3 for Family and Consumer Sciences Day.

Christine Jennings with MU Extension says the day, also known at Dine In Day, is designed to get parents and children eating better but also to spark togetherness.

"Children who eat at home tend to have less problems in school, they tend to have better eating habits than a lot of children who don't eat with their families. We're just looking at one of many ways to reduce obesity," Jennings says.

Experts say the trend is moving towards eating out which sometimes means unhealthier options for families.

"People tend to use more fast food, quick fix types of meals. And sometimes that can be good but not as a steady diet where a lot of people, especially children, five of the seven days will eat fast food. It's much better if we can get them to eat natural foods. Fruits and vegetables especially," according to Jennings.

She says people who eat out take in more calories, increase food costs, choose food with poor nutritional value, lose family traditions and communicate less.

Eating at home also gives parents opportunities to talk about where food comes from, nutrition and portion control, Jennings explains.

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