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Table 5 Association between physical activity, demographic, socio-economic & lifestyle characteristics (n = 501)

From: Key health promotion factors among male members of staff at a higher educational institution: A cross-sectional postal survey

Factors (b) Physical activity level χ2-test Logistic Regression
  Yes(a) (n = 193) No (n = 308)     
  n % n % Unadjusted p value Adjusted p value OR 95% CI
Age       0.1   
33 and under 42 59 29 41 0.001 - 1.0 Referent
34–42 55 42 76 58   0.2 1.6 0.8–2.9
43–50 36 31 82 69   0.01 2.5 1.2–4.9
51–59 44 34 87 66   0.02 2.3 1.1–4.7
60 and over 16 32 34 68   0.03 2.6 1.1–6.1
Marital status       0.3   
Single 49 52 45 47 0.01 - 1.0 Referent
Married/living with partner 135 35 251 65   0.2 1.5 0.8–2.4
Separated/divorced 9 43 12 57   0.8 0.9 0.3–2.4
Smoking status         
Non smokers&ex smokers 179 39 275 61 0.3 - 1.0 Referent
Current smoker 14 30 33 70   0.02 2.4 1.2–5.1
Alcohol status (drank less than recommended 21 units per week)         
Yes 156 37 267 63 0.1 - 1.0 Referent
No 37 47 41 53   0.2 0.7 0.4–1.2
Job title       0.04   
Professor/reader 22 27 59 73 0.02   1.0 Referent
Lecturer/senior lecturer 40 32 87 68   0.8 0.9 0.5–1.7
Research/Teaching fellow/assistant 41 44 53 56   0.5 0.8 0.4–1.6
Administrative&Secretarial staff& Support technical 41 41 60 59   0.2 0.7 0.4–1.3
Support manual 23 52 21 48   0.01 0.3 0.1–0.7
Other 26 48 28 52   0.1 0.5 0.2–1.1
  1. (a) have met guidelines for physical activity level (30 minutes per day for 5 days a week)
  2. (b) age, marital status, job, alcohol consumption, smoking status as independent variables.