The Checkup: Healthy Families Eat Together, Study Says
• Today’s shocking statistic comes from a research team at Rutgers University, which found that American families spend 40 percent of their budgets on eating out, typically not together. It’s an alarming trend when you consider the host of evidence that links dining out regularly with obesity and nutrition deficiencies. Earlier this week, TIME reported on the study, which culled data from 68 other studies on the issue. Researchers found that eating family meals at home correlates to better physical and mental health, particularly for kids: They get more fruits, veggies, fiber, calcium, and vitamins in their diets; eat less junk food; have lower BMIs; show fewer signs of depression; and feel more connected to and supported by their families. TIME has more, including how TV-watching as a family doesn’t count as quality time and eating fast food—even if consumed at home—won’t help improve a family’s dietary bottom line.
• The illusive ‘G-spot’! Someone confirmed that it actually exists! (Or, well, maybe not.)
• Hey Broad Streeters, when you pick up your race packets at the expo on May 4th and 5th, you can enroll in a cancer study, too. The Philadelphia Business Journal has details.