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Table 3 Baseline characteristics of the participants in the pedometer (STEP) and comparison group (COMP)

From: Promoting walking among office employees ― evaluation of a randomized controlled intervention with pedometers and e-mail messages

  Participants
  STEP (N = 123) COMP (N = 118)
Age (years), mean (SD) 44.1 (9.4) 45.3 (9.1)
Women, N (%) 87 (71) 78 (66)
Married, N (%) 99 (81) 96 (81)
Taking care of children under 18 years of age, N (%) 61 (50) 69 (59)
Education, N (%)   
Basic 7 (6) 11 (9)
Polytechnic or vocational school 79 (64) 75 (64)
University degree 37 (30) 32 (27)
Working hours per week, mean (SD) 37.4 (6.1) 37.1 (6.8)
Perceived physical loading at work, N (%)   
Sedentary 113 (93) 110 (93)
Mainly standing or light mobility 8 (6) 8 (7)
Heavy 1 (1) 0 (0)
Subjective work ability (scale 0–10), mean (SD) 8.0 (1.3) 8.0 (1.4)
Perceived health, N (%)   
Good or fairly good 82 (67) 76 (64)
Average 35 (29) 34 (29)
Fairly poor or poor 5 (4) 8 (7)
Body mass index > 25 kg/m2, N (%) 63 (51) 76 (64)
  1. Means or proportions. N = number of participants.