Survey Finds Parents Make Family Meals a Priority

SuperTarget survey finds that majority of parents find the time to eat

dinner at home as a family and grocery shop together at least once a week

Jul 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Target

    MINNEAPOLIS, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A recent survey
 commissioned by SuperTarget and conducted by Harris Interactive(R) revealed
 that Americans consider family meals a top priority, despite today's busy
     The survey results suggest that food plays an integral part in the
 lives of American families. Parents of children under 18 typically report
 eating dinner at home as a family about six times per week, and cooking
 dinner about five times per week. More than four in five parents (84
 percent) go grocery shopping with the family at least once a week, and just
 over three in four parents (77 percent) cook dinner with their children
 equally as often.
     "Families are busier than ever, and this research supports that eating
 dinner as a family is still a valued American tradition," said Dr. Susan
 Mitchell, registered dietitian and SuperTarget health and nutrition expert.
 "Involving children in meal preparation and grocery shopping early in life
 will help establish healthy eating patterns and help kids make better food
 choices throughout life."
     In addition to eating as a family, food preparation and even grocery
 shopping are activities that families do together with regularity.
 Eighty-four percent of parents grocery shop with the family at least once a
 week, and the vast majority of parents (93 percent) typically prepare a
 home-cooked meal when eating dinner at home with their family.
     Dr. Mitchell suggests involving children in mealtime preparation to
 help reinforce good eating habits. Kids can have a hand in putting dinner
 on the table by matching tasks to the ability and age of the child and a
 little supervision. For example, younger children can help with washing
 fruits and vegetables, mixing and decorating cookies. Children of all ages
 can participate in weekly meal planning by providing recipe lists for
 outings to the grocery store, which gives parents an opportunity to further
 educate children on general health and nutrition.
     Streamlining grocery shopping and meal planning makes it even easier
 for families to eat healthy, delicious meals. SuperTarget offers guests
 everything they need for a delicious meal at their fingertips, from fresh
 ingredients to educational signs that guide guests through food preparation
 in an organized, thoughtful manner. Simple Solutions(TM) recipe cards,
 located next to produce, make it easy for guests to find a dish they like,
 shop for the ingredients and prepare the recipe at home -- spending less
 than 30 minutes from door to dinner table.
     Recipes and other information to make mealtime quick and nutritious are
 available on The Web site contains timesaving and
 essential information, including Simple Solutions(TM) recipes adding
 variety to dinnertime meals; coupons offering great savings on pantry
 staples and even fresh fruit; and a list of weekly specials giving guests
 the opportunity to try new foods at a great price. Additionally,
 has all the tools and brands to make your time in the kitchen efficient and
 productive, from slow cookers to chef's knives and quality brands like
 Kitchen Aid, Calphalon and Cuisinart.
     This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of
 Target among 3,152 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older, of whom, 547 are
 the parent or guardian of a child under 18 living in their household
 between March 23 and 27, 2006. Figures for region, age within gender,
 education, household income and race/ethnicity were weighted where
 necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the
 population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
 respondents' propensity to be online.
     With a pure probability sample of 3,152 adults, one could say with a
 ninety-five percent probability that the overall results have a sampling
 error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. The sampling error for
 parents/guardians of a child under 18 living in the household is plus or
 minus 6.5 percentage points. However that does not take other sources of
 error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample
 and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
     Survey results and an executive summary of the results are available
 upon request.
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     About Harris Interactive
     Harris Interactive is the 13th largest and fastest-growing market
 research firm in the world. The company provides research-driven insights
 and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions
 which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris
 Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest
 running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market
 research methods. The company has built what could conceivably be the
 world's largest panel of survey respondents: The Harris Poll Online. Harris
 Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe and
 Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in France and through a
 global network of independent market research firms. The service bureau,
 HISB, provides its market research industry clients with mixed-mode data
 collection, panel development services as well as syndicated and tracking
 research consultation. More information about Harris Interactive may be
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