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Better Together BC

Date: September 28, 2018

At the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board, we strive to support a healthy, growing chicken industry, as well as the overall health and welfare of consumers. We fully support Better Together BC and the information and recipes it provides to consumers.

What is Better Together BC?

Better Together BC is an online resource and network for people looking to share their stories and tips about eating together. Designed to help families and other groups of people experience the joys of cooking and eating together, Better Together BC offers a selection of healthy recipes and learning opportunities. Better Together BC was created in partnership between the British Columbia Dairy Association (BCDA) and the BC Ministry of Health and is maintained by the BCDA to help families cook and eat together more often.  

The Benefits of Eating Together

Eating together offers a wide range of benefits for kids, teens, adults, and seniors including better nutrition, school performance, and social adjustment. Even though researchers are not entirely sure why eating together has a positive effect on our physical and mental health, social dining can help people feel more connected, taking the focus off of eating and placing it more on conversation, community, and enjoyment. Positive communication, particularly narrative conversations or storytelling, modelled at the dinner table can have a particularly strong impact on kids, as it teaches them how to properly behave around others and how to better express their thoughts and feelings.

The Benefits of Cooking Together

Since basic cooking, baking, and food preparation are necessities for being self-sufficient, involving kids in the process of menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation can help them better understand the importance of a well-balanced meal. Meals that are prepared and eaten at home also tend to be more nutritious and healthier, as they are not usually fried or highly salted. Compared to eating out, home-cooked meals also contain more fruits, vegetables, and dairy products along with additional nutrients, such as fibre, calcium, vitamins A and C, and folate.

If you would like to learn more about Better Together BC follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram. Or if you have any questions about chicken production in BC, please contact the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board at 604-859-2868 or complete a contact form on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.