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Table 1 Characteristics of child care providers in Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Head Start centers (n = 307)

From: Nutritional health attitudes and behaviors and their associations with the risk of overweight/obesity among child care providers in Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Head Start centers

Characteristics % or Mean(SD)
Gender
 Male 7.8
 Female 92.2
Age
 <30y 34.5
 30–49y 43.0
 ≥50y 22.5
Race/Ethnicity
 White/Caucasian 44.3
 Black/African American 1.6
 Hispanic/Latino 52.5
 Other 1.6
Marital status
 Single 30.9
 Married 51.1
 Cohabitating 6.8
 Separated/Divorced/Widowed 11.1
Education level
 ≤ High school 54.4
 ≥ Associate’s degree/certificate or college 45.6
Weight status
 Normal weight 26.4
 Overweight 24.1
 Obese 49.5
Perception of weight
 Underweight 0.7
 Normal weight 30.9
 Overweight 58.6
 Obese 9.8
Accordance between weight status and perception of weight
 Accordance 45.3
 Discordance 54.7
Nutrition knowledge level (% of child care providers who answered correctly)
 Do drinks, like Fruitopia or Sunny Delight, count as a fruit serving? 86.1
 Do only fresh fruits and vegetables count towards the recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables? 36.3
 Is it okay for children to eat without worrying about fat because they need lots of extra calories to grow? 83.2
 Are soft drinks low in fat? 13.6
 Are dairy products a good source of calcium? 96.4
 Should vitamin and mineral supplements be taken in addition to a healthy diet? 17.2
 How many servings of fruits and vegetables should you eat per day? 29.5
 What percent of your daily calories should come from fat? 8.4
 What has the most calories? 38.5
 Mean(SD) number of corrected answers 4.1 (1.4)
Food availability
 I do not buy many fruits and vegetables because they cost too much.  
  Agree 24.4
  Neutral 16.3
  Disagree 59.3
 I do not buy many fruits and vegetables because my family does not like them.
  Agree 3.3
  Neutral 6.5
  Disagree 90.2
 The fresh produce in my area is usually high quality.
  Agree 64.2
  Neutral 27.7
  Disagree 8.1
 It is easy to buy food in my area.
  Agree 78.2
  Neutral 14.7
  Disagree 7.2
 In minutes, how long does it take you to get to the grocery store?
  10 or less 48.5
  20 24.4
  30 16.3
  45 or more 10.8
 How many times do you visit the grocery store in a month?
  0–1 3.3
  2–4 49.8
  5 or more 46.9
 Food security status
  High 52.4
  Marginal 19.9
  Low 16.0
  Very low 11.7