Fit-ing in? Most Canadians say they have a healthy lifestyle - RBC poll finds

    Yet, one-third regularly eats unhealthy fast foods or snacks

    TORONTO, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Most (85 per cent) adult Canadians believe they
have a healthy lifestyle, but 30 per cent regularly eat unhealthy food such as
fast foods or snack foods and one-third (34 per cent) want to go on a diet,
according to an RBC Insurance/Ipsos Reid survey.
    "There's a difference between what we say and what we do," said Dr.
Robert Snihura, chief medical director, RBC Life Insurance Company. "Failure
to break unhealthy habits will only increase the obesity epidemic that's
affecting our society and, increasingly, our children."
    The RBC Insurance poll found that six-in-ten (61 per cent) Canadians want
to exercise more regularly and over half (53 per cent) would like to eat more
nutritiously. One-in-five Canadians surveyed admit to smoking on a regular
basis and, of these, 72 per cent would like to stop or reduce their smoking
    The survey also found that Canadian women exhibit healthier habits than
men. Forty per cent of men say they drink alcohol regularly compared to just
25 per cent of women, while 34 per cent of men said they regularly eat
unhealthy foods with 27 per cent of women doing the same.
    Women are also more likely to want to diet, with 38 per cent saying that
they intend to go on a diet, compared to 30 per cent of men. "Healthier habits
can lead to increased energy, greater self-esteem, a longer lifespan and
reduced out-of-pocket health expenses," Snihura added.
    "One of the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle may include lower
life and health insurance premiums in addition to reduced health care costs,"
said John Young, president and CEO, RBC Life Insurance Company.

    Do you think you have a healthy lifestyle? Regional breakdown

    BC                                   85%
    Alberta                              87%
    Sask/Man                             83%
    Ontario                              84%
    Quebec                               90%
    Atlantic Canada                      77%

    Which changes are you actively planning to make in the next few months?

    By region

    Region              Exercise more        Healthier Eating   Go on a diet
                          regularly                             /lose weight
    BC                       60%                   50%               33%
    Alberta                  55%                   50%               31%
    Sask/Man                 64%                   59%               40%
    Ontario                  63%                   54%               35%
    Quebec                   61%                   54%               32%
    Atlantic Canada          62%                   55%               41%

    For information about life, critical illness, and long-term care
insurance, visit, or a local RBC Insurance
branch, or call 1-800-991-0707.

    About RBC Insurance

    RBC Insurance, through its operating entities, including RBC Life
Insurance Company, provides a wide range of life, health, travel, home, auto
and reinsurance products as well as creditor and business insurance services
to more than five million North American clients. As a leading provider of
individual living benefits and life insurance products in Canada, RBC
Insurance offers a comprehensive portfolio of individual and group life and
health insurance solutions, including term and universal life insurance, group
benefits, disability critical illness, and long term care insurance as well as
segregated funds. These products are distributed through more than 17,000
independent brokers affiliated with producer groups, financial planning firms
and stock brokerage firms, as well as through direct sales and a network of
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    About this survey

    These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of RBC
Insurance from March 27 to April 10, 2008. For this survey, a representative
randomly selected sample of 2,251 Canadian adults was interviewed by
telephone. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to
within +/-2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have
been had the entire adult population of Canada been polled. The margin of
error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey
population. These data were weighted to ensure that the sample's regional and
age/sex composition reflects that of the actual Canadian population according
to Census data.

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For further information: Kerry Gaetano, (905) 816-5583,; Matt Gierasimczuk, (905) 816-5650,

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