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Author and Mumpreneur Jo Turner Featured on the TODAY Show Talks about the Role of Eating Together as a Family in Growing Healthy Children


NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia December, 2012 – One of Australia’s longest running morning television news programs, the TODAY show, highlighted an Aussie mumpreneur and author’s plight to get families back at the dinner table together. Jo Turner is passionate about the importance of family mealtimes, and has even written a guidebook for parents with practical and useful tips on everything from how to feed fussy eaters to nutritious and easy-to-prepare recipes.

The news segment follows Jamie Oliver’s comment, “When you get everyone together for dinner, it’s worth it.  I think never to have family meals is unforgivable.  It’s where kids learn table manners. It keeps you together.”

According to Jo, not spending quality time eating together as a family can have a detrimental impact on a child’s emotional, social and communication development.

In today’s society, where often both parents are working, it requires a lot of effort and planning to establish healthy mealtime routines. In Jo’s book ‘Mealtimes without Mayhem’ parents are provided with an easy-to-follow how-to guidebook on child friendly eating, written based on Jo’s interviews with a variety of psychology, nutrition and parenting experts. Experts who contributed to the book include Dr. Jo McMillan (Nutritionist), Katie Di Prima (Dietician for fussy eaters), Clare Mann (Communications Specialist), Anna Musson (Good Manners expert) and Michael Grose (Parenting Guru).

The book includes practical tips such as:

  • Set a definite meal time
  • Give kids a snack after school
  • Involve children in setting the table
  • Set a fixed time duration for dinner.

With statistical evidence to show that not having regular family meals could lead children to a higher risk of alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and even depression, family mealtimes are important to build family traditions, facilitate open communication with each member, and develop healthy eating habits of children.

The relationship between eating habits and obesity was also discussed during on the TODAY show. A study led by Dr. Louise Hardy from the Sydney University School of Public Health found that a child eating alone in front of the television is more likely to develop obesity when compared to those who ate together with their parents.

Available at Dymocks and online at ‘Mealtimes Without Mayhem’ is a practical tool to establishing healthy family mealtime routines.


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