(Pixabay)

Eat Together battles loneliness of those who meals alone every day

Real Canadian Superstore in Langford hosts a free barbecue June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rick Stiebel

News Staff

Here’s food for thought, especially if you’re reading this at a table for one.

Although 92 per cent of Canadians wants to spend more time eating meals with friends and family, a survey conducted by President’s Choice revealed that more than half of Canadians eat two meals alone every day. While the recent release of Canada’s Food Guide noted that eating together is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, the President’s Choice survey found that 43 per cent of Canadians spends less than one hour a day enjoying a meal with family and friends.

“Eating alone has proven to be a key contributor to unhappiness and loneliness,” Uwe Stuckmann, senior vice-president, marketing for Loblaw Companies said in a media release. “We know that we’re better when we eat together. There are so many physical and mental benefits associated with the simple act of sharing a meal. So let’s spend more time with the people we love, at the table.”

READ ALSO: Greater Victoria firefighters donate $25,000 to pediatric unit at VGH

The PC Eat Together movement, which kicked off earlier this year, has inspired hundreds of thousands of Canadians to pledge to share mealtimes in an interactive way not just on Eat Together Day, but throughout the year. As part of the initiative, Loblaw Companies donated $1 for the first 250,000 pledges to PC Children’s Charity to go toward school nutrition grants across the country in support of developing healthy eating habits in children.

In an effort to help people to connect with each other, PC is hosting the third annual Eat Together Day Friday, June 14 at various Real Canadian Superstore, Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and Zehrs Customers locations across the country.

The Real Canadian Superstore at 835 Langford Pkwy. will host a barbecue with free hamburgers, hot dogs, cold beverages and a popcorn machine or the kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Victoria teen killed by falling tree, remembered as hero

Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling towards him and his friends

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

Tiny Yorkshire terrier Poppie survives days on remote island

ROAM rescue crews, family searched for dog, missing in Saanich for days

Researchers say ‘text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millenials’ skulls

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

VIDEO: Performers awe crowds at 2019 Indigenous Cultural Festival

Dancers and singers from First Nations across B.C. gather in Victoria

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

Canadian communities responding to climate change

New research highlights state of local adaptation planning in Canada

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Crews fight wildfire along Sea-to-Sky Highway

A cause has not been determined, although a downed power line is suspected

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Most Read