Dietitian Tina Stewart available to comment on omnibus results and tips
on eating healthier
BRAMPTON, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - According to an Angus Reid Public Opinion
online poll commissioned by Loblaw Companies Limited conducted of more
than 1,000 Canadians on February 9, 2011, 76 per cent of Canadians are
making healthier eating choices now versus three years ago.
Canadians 55+ are leading the way with 80 per cent of them making
healthier eating choices, followed by Canadians ages 35 to 54 (76 per
cent) and Canadians ages 18 to 34 (73 per cent).
Regionally, residents of British Columbia and Alberta are leading the
pack in healthier eating with 82 per cent of respondents claiming they
are eating healthier now than three years ago. Ontarians followed
closely with 77 per cent eating healthier.
The findings revealed that the biggest barrier to eating healthier is
perceived cost, followed by concerns around taste. "Eating healthier
doesn't have to be expensive or lack flavour," says Tina Stewart,
dietitian for Loblaw Companies Limited. "If you know how to shop wisely
and learn how to replace some recipe ingredients with easy, flavourful
alternatives, you can be on your way to leading a healthier lifestyle."
Healthy Bites from Across the Nation
The biggest change Canadians have made to their diet year over year was
eating more fresh foods (42 per cent), followed by reducing sodium
intake (38 per cent) and reducing fat intake (36 per cent)
Almost 7 out of 10 Canadians (67 per cent) are influenced by nutritional
information on packages when making a purchase
Compared to last year, the biggest change in Canadian men's habits has
been reducing sodium intake (44 per cent), while almost half of
Canadian women have begun eating more fresh foods (44 per cent)
Regarding sodium intake, residents of the Atlantic provinces are most
concerned, with 45 per cent of them reducing their sodium intake
compared to last year
Four of ten (39 per cent) residents from both British Columbia and
Manitoba/Saskatchewan have reduced their sugar consumption
At 40 per cent, Quebecers report reducing their fat consumption more
than residents of other provinces year over year
Want to know more?
Tina Stewart knows first-hand about the obstacles to eating healthy. As
a working mom (of two sons) Tina, a dietitian, understands the demands
of having a family, but also knows the importance of a balanced
lifestyle and making healthier food choices.
Tina is available to speak with the media and can address:
Overall survey results that illustrate that Canadians are making
healthier choices to their diets How to break out of a food rut and
smartly stock a pantry and fridge - to prepare tasty healthier meals
and snacks quickly and affordably
How to be a smart snacker
Tips for packing a healthier lunch that children will actually eat
Time saving tips for healthier and easy food prep and cooking at home
Ingredient substitutions to turn old recipes into healthier, new recipes
As part of the Helping You Live Life Well event, the President's Choice® Insider's Report® is now available nationally in Loblaw banner stores.
About the Survey
From February 9 to February 10, 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion
conducted an online survey among 1,021 randomly selected Canadian
adults 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.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor 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 136,000 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 Style® brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers President's Choice Financial® services and offers the PC® points loyalty program.
Product samples and high-resolution images are available upon request.