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Table 3 Changes in physical health among unemployed persons who participated in a health promotion programme

From: Changes in physical health among participants in a multidisciplinary health programme for long-term unemployed persons

Outcome measure Pre-test
Mean (SD)
Post-test
Mean (SD)
Change
(95% CI)
Effect size (Cohen's d) Change (%)
BMI (n = 216) 27.93 (5.76) 27.86 (5.70) -0.03 (-0.12–0.06) 0.01 -0.1%
VO2max (n = 97) 24.27 (7.77) 25.60 (8.08) 1.64** (0.53–2.76) 0.21 6.8%
Abdominal muscle strength (n = 196) 21.56 (13.97) 31.24 (17.94) 10.99** (9.02–12.96) 0.68 51.0%
Flexibility (n = 191) 23.83 (11.00) 25.10 (10.68) 1.99** (1.17–2.81) 0.18 8.4%
Systolic blood pressure (n = 216) 130.63 (17.57) 127.23 (16.20) -3.28** (-5.48 – 1.08) 0.19 -2.5%
Diastolic blood pressure (n = 216) 83.39 (10.98) 81.57 (10.79) -1.83** (-3.40 – 0.26) 0.17 -2.2%
  1. * 0.05 <= p <= 0.10, **p < 0.05, paired t-test