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Table 1 Characteristics of the study population at baseline

From: Effect of an individually tailored one-year energy balance programme on body weight, body composition and lifestyle in recent retirees: a cluster randomised controlled trial

  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
  1. 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).