Table 1

Vitalum sample description (N = 1,629)

%/Mean, SD (range)


Gender

% male

55

Age

57.1, 7.1 (44.9–70.9)

Native country

% the Netherlands

95

Education level*

% low

54

% intermediate

23

% high

23

Hypertension

% Hypertensive

52

Body Mass Index

27.4, 4.6 (15.2–46.7)

% < 18.5

1

% 18.5–25

31

% 25–30

45

% >= 30

22

Smoking behavior

% nonsmokers

78

Alcohol consumption**

Glasses/day

1.1, 1.4 (0–9)

% meeting guideline

86

Saturated fat intake

Fat score

17.8, 5.9 (2–37)

% meeting guideline

30

PA

Hours/week moderately physically active

4.7, 3.8 (0–20.2)

% >= 2.5 hours/week moderately physically active

61

Days/week moderately physically active

2.2, 1.6 (0–7)

% >= 5 days/week moderately physically active

6

% meeting guideline combined

0

Fruit consumption

Pieces of fruit/day

2.1, 1.6 (0–8.9)

% >= 2 pieces/day

41

Days/week at least 2 pieces/day

3, 2.5 (0–7)

% >= 7 days/week at least 2 pieces/day

13

% meeting guideline combined

11

Vegetable consumption

Grams of vegetables/day

165.2, 82.4 (0–494.7)

% >= 200 grams/day

31

Days/week at least 200 grams/day

4.1, 2.0 (0–7)

% >= 7 days/week at least 200 grams/day

11

% meeting guideline combined

7


* Education level was classified as: low in participants with no education, primary, lower secondary vocational, preparatory vocational or junior general secondary education; intermediate in participants with senior secondary vocational, technical secondary, upper vocational secondary, senior general secondary or university preparatory education; and high in participants with higher professional or university education [125-127].

** Participants were classified as meeting the alcohol consumption guideline if they consumed fewer than 3 glasses a day (men) or fewer than 2 glasses a day (women) [10].

van Keulen et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:216   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-216

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