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Table 1 Characteristics of grade five students participating in the study

From: The importance of parental beliefs and support for pedometer-measured physical activity on school days and weekend days among Canadian children

  Mean ± SD/Prevalence
  Girls (n = 717) Boys (n = 638)
Age 10.9 ± 0.4 10.9 ± 0.4
BMI of child* 19.1 ± 3.5 19.7 ± 4.4
Overweight (%)* 29.2 34.6
Obese (%)* 7.5 10.8
Physical activity1   
  School day* 12,000 ± 3,366 13,844 ± 4,424
  Non-school day* 10,914 ± 5,645 12,716 ± 7,488
Parent cares about staying fit and exercising   
  A little bit 21.7 19.1
  Quite a lot 43.4 45.9
  Very much 34.9 35.0
Parent encourages their child to be physical activity   
  A little bit 13.6 11.3
  Quite a lot 44.1 38.9
  Very much 42.4 49.8
Parent engages in physical activity with their child*   
  <1 time/week 40.3 38.8
  1–3 times/week 49.0 50.5
  ≥4 times/week 10.7 10.7
Parental education attainment   
  Secondary or less 26.7 22.4
  College 42.0 40.5
  University and graduate 31.3 37.1
Household income ($)   
  <50,000 21.5 19.2
  50,001–75,000 15.9 14.3
  75,001–100,000 17.4 17.3
  >100,001 45.3 49.3
  1. 1– pedometer-measured steps adjusted for non-ambulatory activities, non-wear time activities, and missing data.
  2. *– considered statistically significant at P < 0.05.