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Table 1 Descriptive statistics for elementary and secondary school students

From: Mode shifting in school travel mode: examining the prevalence and correlates of active school transport in Ontario, Canada

  Elementary
n (%)
Secondary
n (%)
p-value
Socio-demographic    
Grade    
   Grade 7 506 (48.2)   -
   Grade 8 583 (51.8)   
   Grade 9   590 (21.6)  
   Grade 10   654 (23.4)  
   Grade 11   597 (24.3)  
   Grade 12   638 (30.8)  
Sex (female) 604 (48.2) 1272 (47.9) 0.91
Weight status (overweight/obese) 241 (26.7) 620 (24.8) 0.42
Years of highest parent education (yrs) (mean(SD)) 14.6 (1.6) 14.5 (1.7) 0.17
Parent born abroad (yes) 229 (32.2) 719 (33.0) 0.83
Having sibling (yes) 1011 (92.8) 2328 (93.9) 0.44
Having car at home (yes) 1053 (95.6) 2424 (97.0) 0.13
Having driver license (yes) - 1046 (42.2) -
Behavioural    
MVPA (≥5 days/wk) 568 (53.9) 1105 (42.6) < 0.001
Screen time (> 2 hours/day) 539 (49.6) 1518 (61.2) < 0.001
Smoking in the past 12 months (occasional/regular smokers) 49 (5.3) 572 (22.4) < 0.001
Drinking in the past 12 months (occasional/regular drinkers) 567 (52.1) 1962 (78.8) < 0.001
Part-time job    
   Did not work outside home - 1302 (53.5) -
   1-5 hours/wk - 301 (11.2)  
   ≥6 hours/wk - 876 (35.3)  
Extracurricular participation (yes) 838 (77.6) 1755 (70.8) 0.06
Psychological    
Perceived physical health (excellent/good) 74 (7.6) 400 (17.7) < 0.001
Perceived weight status    
   About right 779 (73.9) 1699 (65.9) < 0.001
   Too thin 84 (6.3) 218 (10.2)  
   Too fat 216 (19.8) 555 (23.9)  
Decision-making on mode choice (often/always) 340 (3.1.5) 956 (40.4) 0.001
Parents don't know where their children are in free time away from home (sometimes/seldom/never) 74 (7.9) 348 (15.9) < 0.001
Environmental    
Travelled to school    
   0-15 minutes 708 (68.3) 1570 (63.5) 0.13
   16-30 minutes 210 (18.7) 552 (23.9)  
   ≥31 minutes 168 (13.0) 357 (12.6)  
Travelled from school    
   0-15 minutes 646 (61.4) 1202 (48.4) < 0.001
   16-30 minutes 253 (22.7) 738 (30.6)  
   ≥31 minutes 184 (16.0) 533 (20.9)  
Living in urban area (urban) 857 (84.7.0) 2075 (83.7) 0.86
Regions    
   Toronto 112 (21.6) 256 (16.6) 0.07
   North 57 (5.7) 199 (6.6)  
   West 304 (43.9) 857 (43.6)  
   East 613 (28.9) 1167 (33.2)  
Catholic school (yes) 376 (38.9) 935 (36.4) 0.80
Changing school in the last five years (yes) 419 (43.5) 752 (30.2) < 0.001
Moving home in the last five years (yes) 513 (48.5) 1031 (44.5) 0.24