Table 1

Characteristics of the study population at baseline

intervention

control


Number

174

178

Age (years)

59.5 ± 2.5

59.4 ± 2.3

Energy intake (MJ/day)

9.5 ± 2.1

9.8 ± 2.3

Total fat intake (en%)

34.6 ± 5.4

33.6 ± 5.3

Physical activity (PASEa)

116 ± 65

122 ± 68

Compliance (%) with norm for

Physical activity (> 30 min > 5 day/week)

62

60

Fruit and vegetable norm (> 350 g/day)

30

35

Fat intake (< 35 en%)

61

60

Low educational level (%)

25

23

Current smokers (%)

9

12

Living alone (%)

7

2*

Active latest job (%)

35

43

Perceived health (%)

Excellent + very good

32

28

Good

60

67

Bad

8

5

Hypertension drugs (%)

14

18

Cholesterol-reducing drugs (%)

9

14

Diabetes mellitus (%)

4

2


Values are presented as mean ± standard deviation or as percentages. Note that questionnaire derived data may have missing values; a Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (range 0 (non active) - 400 (very active)); * p for association < 0.05 (χ2).

Werkman et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:110   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-110

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