Podcast Episode 047: Family Meals Month – Susan Borra

Sep 6, 2016

Susan Borra

Making family meals happen is easier than you think! Supermarkets offer shopper solutions to combat barriers that challenge the goal of having one more family meal per week. Discover how one small change per week can improve your family’s health and happiness.



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Susan Borra

Susan Borra, RD
Chief Health and Wellness Officer,
Food Marketing Institute


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Susan Borra is a registered dietitian and a nationally recognized expert in nutrition, food, and health. Susan has built her career working with national and international organizations representing the food retailing and food processing industries.

As the Chief Health and Wellness Officer at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Susan leads the health and wellness initiatives recognizing the unique assets of a grocery store (food, nutrition experts and pharmacy) and food retail’s important role in helping customers lead healthy lives. Susan is also executive director of the FMI Foundation which supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health.

During September, National Family Meals Month™, food retailers and food suppliers can provide solutions to make family meals at home easier. Clearly,  shoppers want to make family meals a priority and are looking for their supermarket to be a strong partner in this effort. Join the movement to help families share one more meal together each week!

The National Family Meals Month™ campaign encourages consumers to enjoy one more family meal each week at home using items from the grocery store. In 2015, nearly 100 food retailers and food companies joined and participated in the campaign via social media, recipe development and in-store activities for their customers. Data from Nielsen-Perishables Group suggested that 12%  of consumers saw the campaign and that 74% of them took action. Families of all sizes reported how sitting down together for a meal at home allows them to reconnect, eat healthier, and save money.

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Sue Borra with family

Sue with extended relatives about to enjoy (more) sardines in Sicily


Melissa Joy Dobbins

Melissa enjoying Maryland Blue Crabs for the first time last spring (thank you, Lise Sanchez, for a fun experience!)

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Music by Dave Birk

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