Table 1

Baseline characteristics of intervention participants and controls
Variable Intervention group (n = 176) Control group (n = 199) p value 1
Age: mean (SD) years 65.80 (2.95) 65.75 (3.19) 0.884
Gender: male 93 (52.8%) 101 (50.8%) 0.686
Relationship status: with partner 128 (72.7%) 159 (79.9%) 0.102
Work status: working 77 (43.8%) 80 (40.2%) 0.487
Co-morbidity 2: yes 129 (73.3%) 139 (69.8%) 0.461
Education level: primary school 8 (4.5%) 16 (8.0%) 0.483
secondary school 83 (47.2%) 91 (45.7%)
trade certificate/diploma 48 (27.3%) 57 (28.6%)
university 37 (21.0%) 35 (17.6%)
Financial struggle: never 24 (13.6%) 25 (12.6%) 0.951
sometimes 115 (65.3%) 131 (65.8%)
always 37 (21.0%) 43 (21.6%)
Alcohol drinking: yes 116 (65.9%) 137 (68.8%) 0.545
Smoking status: never 97 (55.1%) 94 (47.2%) 0.283
former 69 (39.2%) 94 (47.2%)
current 10 (5.7%) 11 (5.5%)

1 chi-square or t test between intervention and control groups.

2 presence of at least one of nine common health conditions.

Burke et al.

Burke et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2013 10:14   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-10-14

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