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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00 am | Updated: 5:33 pm, Fri Feb 21, 2014.

Cooking with the family is a fun activity — and serious business. If it’s shaped into a positive routine where the entire family can join in the process, chances are good that it will inform a lifetime of healthy eating habits. While advanced menu planning and pre-emptive pantry stocking may not always be the center of activity inside the average home, preparing and eating a meal together as a family is worth the effort. For most of us, nutritional habits begin at our parents’ dinner table and are either reinforced or reinvented as we age. With a little conscious attention and planning, enjoying a meal cooked with the family can easily become a regular practice.

“Food preferences are determined at early ages,” said Lynn Walters, founder and executive director of Cooking with Kids, a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe that fills a much-needed component in nutritional education, one that engages children and families to cook together — with the belief that cooking can be fun and have lifelong benefits.

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