Four-in-ten spending an hour or less a week getting physically fit
TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - As Canadian parents settle into another
busy school season, getting physically fit will likely be a low
priority, according to a recent RBC Insurance survey conducted by Ipsos
Reid. Forty-one per cent of Canadians with children say that they only
spend an hour or less a week getting physically fit, compared to 46 per
cent who say they spend more time (2 to15 hours) driving their kids to
extra-curricular activities and 49 per cent who spend 2 to15 hours
doing homework projects with their children.
"It's easy to see how parents can lose themselves in their children's
activities, especially at this time of year," said Cathy Preston,
vice-president, Life and Health, RBC Insurance. "However, moms and dads
also need to invest time in their own physical health to ensure that
they live a longer, healthy life with their families. Participating in
physical activities with their children is a great option."
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that adults (18 to 64
years old) get at least 2.5 hours a week of exercise to achieve health
benefits. Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of over
25 chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, breast cancer and
Type 2 diabetes.
Putting off physical fitness is not the only thing parents are deferring
- some aren't making their financial health a priority either.
Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians with families don't have life
insurance and 22 per cent say one of the major reasons is that they
just haven't gotten around to buying it.
"Canadians who don't take care of their health when they're younger are
also at a greater risk of increased health issues as they age, which
can make it even more expensive or difficult to apply for life
insurance," adds Preston. "Parents who take care of their physical health and start planning for
their family's future early, in many cases, can save significantly on
For example, waiting until after the age of 40 can increase premiums by
$139/yr. (Based on a 30 year old male, non-smoker with a Term 20,
$250,000 policy.) For women, the premiums would increase by $89/yr.
RBC Insurance offers a wide range of life insurance products. For more
information, go online to www.rbcinsurance.com, call 1-800-565-3129 or visit a local RBC Insurance retail branch.
These are the findings of an RBC Insurance/Ipsos Reid survey conducted
between May 13-24, 2011. The online survey of 3,931 adult Canadians was
conducted via the Ipsos I-Say Online Panel. The results are based on a
sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance
demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the actual Canadian population according to Census data. Quota samples
with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that are
intended to approximate a probability sample. An unweighted probability
sample of this size, with 100 per cent response rate, would have an
estimated margin of error of ±2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Margins of error for subgroups will be higher.
For further information:
Margie McNeil, Senior Manager, Communications, RBC Insurance 905 606-1425
Angela Gordon, Advisor, Communications, RBC Insurance 905 816-5650