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Table 2 Health and Lifestyle Characteristics of employees per business sector

From: Chronic disease risk factors, healthy days and medical claims in South African employees presenting for health risk screening

  Total (n = 1954) Engineering (n = 223) Finance (n = 851) Consulting (n = 133) Transport (n = 138) Logistics (n = 42) ITS (n = 173) Manufacturing (n = 240) Academic (n = 154)
BMI (kg/h 2 ) 25.5 (± 5.3) 26.9 (± 5.3) 25.7 (± 5.5) 24.8 (± 3.9) 24.7 (± 4.6) 28.8 (± 5.1) 24.9 (± 4.5) 26.4 (± 10.6) 25.9 (± 4.8)
Cholesterol (mmol/l) 4.5 (± 1.1) 4.5 (± 1.3) 4.6 (± 1.0) 4.3 (± 1.0) 4.36 (± 1.3) 4.7 (± 1.0) 4.4 (± 0.9) 4.6 (± 5.1) 4.3 (± 1.1)
Systolic BP (mm Hg) 121.9 (± 16.8) 129.4 (± 18.1) 125.1 (± 18.5) 121.0 (± 13.9) 122.3 (± 15.4) 120.4 (± 12.8) 127.4 (± 17.3) 137.6 (± 18.1) 122.2 (± 14.5)
Diastolic BP (mm Hg) 78.4 (± 11.2) 81.4 (± 10.4) 81.9 (± 13.5) 75.3 (± 12.0) 80.0 (± 10.2) 79.2 (± 13.3) 82.0 (± 10.1) 85.6 (± 12.1) 77.5 (± 9.6)
Fruit and Vege (servings/day) 2.7 (± 1.7) 2.7 (± 1.5) 2.56 (± 1.7) 2.9 (± 1.7) 3.1 (± 1.8) 2.5 (± 1.2) 2.7 (± 1.7) 2.4 (± 1.6) 2.7 (± 1.6)
Average PA (min/wk) 115.73 (± 131.0) 106.28 (± 129.14) 121.15 (± 136.36) 127.56 (± 142.35) 109.24 (± 128.4) 156.61 (± 184.43) 121.04 (± 119.64) 106.56 (± 121.51) 92.29 (± 105.67)
  1. BMI: Body Mass Index; BP: blood pressure; vege: vegetables; Min PA: average minutes physical activity per week (self reported);
  2. Results are reported as mean (± SD).