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Table 4 Perceived Work Environment and Attitudes About Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Among 1092 Metropolitan Transit Workers

From: Association between body weight, physical activity and food choices among metropolitan transit workers

   Body Mass Index Category   
  Total <25 >= 25 < 30 >= 30
Survey Data     
N 1092 132 343 617
Perceived access at work (hard to get at work; agree; %)     
Fruit/vegetables 51.9 48.9 52.9 51.9
Physical activity 61.7 52.7 56.7 66.3A**
Perceived information at work (lots of information at work: agree; %)     
Healthy eating 32.6 33.2 34.5 31.4
Physical activity 33.7 35.9 36.3 31.7
Weight Management 26.6 28.9 29.0 24.7
Perceived easy to do at workplace (agree: %)     
Healthy eating 15.8 17.8 18.5 13.8
Physical activity 30.3 33.2AB 36.8B 25.9A**
Weight management 18.5 27.5 24.9 13.0A***
Perceived social support     
(1 = not at all supportive; 5 = very supportive) (m,se)     
Healthy Food Choices     
   Family 3.1(.05) 2.7 (.15)A 3.1 (.09) 3.2 (.07)**
   Friend 2.3 (.05) 2.0 (.15) 2.4 (.09) 2.3 (.07)
   Co-worker 1.6 (.05) 1.5 (.14) 1.6 (.08) 1.6 (.06)
Physical Activity     
   Family 3.0 (.05) 2.8 (.15) 3.0 (.09) 3.0 (.07)
   Friend 2.3 (.05) 2.1 (.15) 2.3 (.09) 2.3 (.07)
   Co-worker 1.5 (.05) 1.3 (.13) 1.6 (.08) 1.6 (.06)
Weight Management     
   Family 2.8 (.05) 2.2 (.16)A 2.6 (.10)B 3.0 (.07)C***
   Friend 2.0 (.05) 1.5 (.15)A 2.0 (.09) 2.1 (.07)**
   Co-worker 1.4 (.04) 1.1 (.13) 1.3 (.08) 1.4 (.06)
Perceived Importance for Health (agree; %)     
Food choices 83.7 88.1 82.9 83.2
Physical activity 90.6 93.0 91.0 89.8
Weight management 80.8 67.7A 80.9 83.5***
Perceived Personal Importance for Health (agree; %)     
Eat fewer calories 44.5 26.6A 40.6B 50.4C***
Be more physically active 67.9 67.8 72.9 65.2
Manage weight 65.5 49.0A 65.6 69.0***
Perceived Weight Concerns (m; se)     
Pounds gain to notice 10.3 (.44) 9.4 (1.3) 10.4 (.79) 10.5 (.60)
Pounds gain to take action 16.4 (.73) 18.7 (2.1) 15.4 (1.3) 16.7 (1.0)
Weight concern (notice – take action) -6.3 (.59) -9.4 (1.7) -4.9 (1.0) -6.5 (.82)
  1. Note. Means adjusted for age, gender, race, income, education and marital status. m = mean. se = standard error. ***p < .001 **p < .01 *p < .05 Different superscripts indicate significantly different means by post hoc comparison p < .05.