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Families who eat dinner together more often say they make healthier food choices, survey says

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Families who eat dinner together more often say they make healthier food choices, survey says05:59 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013Quebec families are most likely to eat dinner together, while Atlantic Canadian families are least likelyBRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - TSX:L: Eight-in-ten (82%) Canadian families are sitting down at least four times a week for family dinners. Two-thirds (66%) of these families are also making healthier eating choices reveals a survey* conducted for Loblaw Companies Limited just as the grocer launches its Bring Healthier Home™ campaign on February 22. The survey looks at how often families eat together, when parents teach their children about food and some of the choices Canadians make to eat healthier."Getting together for family meals is a habit that we should always encourage," says Alexis Williams, registered dietitian and director, health and wellness at Loblaw Companies Limited. "Mealtime is a great opportunity to familiarize children with cooking and have fun while instilling good eating habits. Encouraging such habits can have a significant impact on our health, which is why it is essential to integrate sensible food choices and nutritional solutions into your lifestyle."National HighlightsThe biggest obstacle in getting to the dinner table together is work schedules (68%) followed by demands from children's after school activities (34%).Overall, Canadian familiesreport to be focused on the following areas in an effort to be healthier: eating more fresh foods (40%), reducing sugar intake (31%), reducing fat intake (28%) and reducing sodium intake (23%).Canadian families estimate that about two-thirds (69%) of their total grocery purchases are made up of what they would consider to be healthier eating options.Six-in-ten parents teach kids about nutritious choices while grocery shopping and sixty-three per cent of parents do so while prepping meals.Survey Results by ProvinceBritishColumbia Alberta Saskatchewan& Manitoba  Ontario Quebec AtlanticCanada National              What per cent of families eat breakfast together at least four times a week?26% 26% 24% 27% 39% 27% 29%              What per cent of families eat lunch together at least four times a week?11% 18% 12% 11% 16% 16% 13%              What per cent of families eat dinner together at least four times a week?79% 83% 78% 80% 90% 77% 82%              What per cent of people teach their children about healthier eating?96% 97% 96% 98% 96% 98% 97%              What per cent of people teach their children about healthier eating while grocery shopping?60% 67% 55% 68% 47% 64% 61%              What per cent of people teach their children about healthier eating while cooking?64% 69% 58% 62% 64% 65% 63%              What per cent of people teach their children about healthier eating while eating?84% 90% 90% 85% 82% 81% 85%              Percentage of grocery purchases that are made up of what Canadians consider healthy food options62% 66% 58% 66% 62% 58% 63% To help families develop and maintain good habits when preparing meals Loblaw banner stores offer several activities, resources and sensible nutritional solutions in stores and online at pc.ca.PC® Blue Menu®productsIf you want to fill your grocery cart with healthier products without having to compromise on taste, let PC® Blue Menu® products inspire you—they'll help you eat less fat or sodium in favour of fibre, omega-3 fatty acids or other nutrients.PharmaciesDo you need tips and advice to improve your health? Simply contact one of our pharmacists to receive information on the in-store dietitian program, for a consultation on blood pressure or to take a screening test for diabetes. Customers can also obtain information on the recommended daily sodium intake and tools to better understand how sodium can affect blood pressure and heart health. In addition to informing patients about personal health care and over-the-counter products, pharmacists can provide a range of services that contribute to their customers' overall well-being.President's Choice® Children's CharityThe President's Choice® Children's Charity, with the help of customers and colleagues from Loblaw banner stores, is committed to helping kids by providing support to children with special needs and ensuring hungry tummies are filled with nutritious food. The Charity's goal is to make sure kids have every opportunity to live to their full potential. From February 22 to March 7, grocery shoppers are invited to make a $2 donation at the cash register or online at pc.ca/charity. The Charity guarantees that 100% of every dollar donated goes to helping kids.For product ideas, recipes or tips to improve your diet visit pc.ca or visit your local Loblaw banner store: Atlantic Superstore®, Dominion® (in Newfoundland and Labrador), SaveEasy® and nofrills®.Survey Method*Vision Critical conducted an online survey on January 10, 2013 among 1,014 randomly selected Canadians aged 18+ across all provinces who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.Vision Critical conducted an online survey from February 11 to February 13, 2013 among 1,500 randomly selected Canadians adults with children under 18 years old in the household and who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current age, gender and region Census data to ensure a representative sample. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.About Loblaw Companies Limited TSX:LLoblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than 135,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private) label program, including the unique President's Choice®, no name® and Joe Fresh® brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC® points loyalty program.   SOURCE: Loblaw Companies LimitedFor further information: For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: Loblaw Companies Limited 905-459-2500/pr@loblaw.ca  Margaret Poole, Poole Communications 902-443-1410 / poolecom@ns.sympatico.ca