With today's busy lifestyles, eating together can be a challenge.

However, making time for this is worth it.

You don't just eat together because it's fun.

It can also have benefits for your mental and physical health.

"A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition. But it is not only important what you eat, but also how you eat," says Sophie Eggengoor of EkoMenu.

"Enjoying the meal time and taking the time to eat together is also important for body and mind."

Because when it comes to your health, everything counts.

Zilveren Kruis helps you to get started with your health step by step with small changes.

In a nice way.

With the TotaalCheck you gain insight into your health.

And we give you inspiration and small actions to make healthy choices, to try new things that fit your way of life and the things you already do.

That way you can really keep it up.

At the table with the family

Several researchers agree: the more you eat with your children, the more they benefit.

More than two decades of studies show that children who eat together with their family do better in school and have greater vocabulary.

They eat healthier and suffer less from depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Family meals are not only good for children, but also for adults.

For many, eating together is the ideal time to take it easy and go through the day together.

As a result, couples who place more importance on family meals are more satisfied with their relationship.

Reasons to eat together more often

Eating together can have a positive effect on health and happiness.

It's a great way to feel more connected to friends and family, which is important for your mental health.

Research also shows that adults who dine with others eat more fruits and vegetables and less fast food than those who eat alone.

Eating together as a single

Not only family meals do a person good.

Cozy food with friends, roommates, colleagues works just as well.

Also for singles.

So invite people to eat together more often or join a cooking or eating club.

Tip: make enough food to have leftovers for the next day.

This way you can enjoy a healthy(er) meal without any company without extra work.

With the board on your lap

Do you want to make it a habit to eat together more often?

Then do this at the table.

People who crawl in front of the television with their plate have a greater chance of weight gain.

Because those who eat in front of the television often eat more than necessary and appreciate what they eat less.

As a result, the meal is often unhealthy.

"When you eat mindfully - that is, not on autopilot and without too many distractions - you feel better when you have eaten enough and you are less likely to eat more than you need," Eggengoor tips.

"Enjoying a healthy meal together does not have to mean that you spend hours in the kitchen. The benefits of eating together can already be achieved through the atmosphere at the table and by eating with attention. But occasionally diving into the kitchen a little longer with your children, partner or friends often lead to fun discoveries, such as new cooking techniques, surprising flavors or delicious dishes.Of course there is nothing wrong with a takeaway meal every now and then. It's all about balance," says Eggengoor.

Everything to live healthier in one app

Working on a healthier life in a fun way and in small steps? The Actify vitality coach, an initiative of Zilveren Kruis, is happy to help you on your way. For example, with tasty recipes, validated by dieticians, that you can prepare and eat together.