Friday Food News: Healthy Eating and a Recall

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Research has found that when families eat meals together, they raise happier, healthier, more successful children. Children who eat with their families have healthier diets, are less likely to be overweight and do better in school than their peers. With this in mind, the Dairy Council of California has launched the Eat Better, Eat Together Family Meal Pledge on Facebook to encourage more balanced family meals.

This program is designed to help families begin a commitment to family meals or to strengthen their current plans. After taking the pledge, families receive meal suggestions with recipes and tips for putting together fast, flavorful family meals with foods from all five food groups'??milk and milk products; fruits; vegetables; grains, breads and cereals; and meat, beans and nuts. In November, after the completion of the challenge, families receive a post pledge survey, along with a chance to win free groceries.

Along with the pledge, the Dairy Council of California also sponsors the Meals Matter site. Written by moms who are registered dietitians, the free site offers meal planning advice, recipes and nutrition ideas, to encourage healthy family eating. Assorted tools within the site (shopping lists, recipe finders, and more) help to facilitate meal planning.

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Pepperidge Farm has recently announced a voluntary and limited recall of their Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks product as a precaution due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire. Sell-by dates on the product range from 11/20/2011 to 1/1/2012. No other Pepperidge Farm products were affected and more details are available on the Pepperidge Farm website.

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans and the author of "BentoLunch.net '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House," her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

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