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Table 3 Weight and health characteristics of walkers participating in each Heart Foundation Walking surveya

From: How to get a nation walking: reach, retention, participant characteristics and program implications of Heart Foundation Walking, a nationwide Australian community-based walking program

  2010 (n = 1984) 2011 (n = 2796) 2012 (n = 3585) 2015 (n = 1601)
All All Female Male All Female Male All Female Male
BMI (mean, SD) 27.0 (5.7) 27.1 (5.5) 26.9 (5.5) 28.1 (5.4) 27.0 (5.5) 26.8 (5.6) 27.8 (5.2) 26.9 (5.1) 26.6 (5.0) 27.7 (5.0)
BMI category (%)b
 Not overweight 41.1 39.8 42.9 27.9 39.6 42.6 29.2 40.5 43.0 31.7
 Overweight 35.5 36.2 34.2 43.5 38.3 36.5 44.8 36.2 34.4 42.3
 Obese 23.5 24.1 22.9 28.6 22.0 20.9 26.0 23.4 22.6 26.0
Chronic disease (%)
 Arthritis 36.2 43.2 45.2 35.2 43.1 45.2 35.4 37.5 38.9 32.3
 Asthma 12.3 12.5 12.8 10.8 11.9 12.1 11.4 11.1 11.6 9.0
 Back pain 14.6 18.8 18.6 19.4 17.8 17.9 17.5 15.0 15.0 14.9
 Respiratory disease 3.6 4.2 3.7 5.9 3.9 3.6 4.8 3.8 4.0 3.1
 High blood pressure 31.3 35.3 33.9 40.3 36.0 35.1 39.6 28.1 26.6 33.9
 High cholesterol 27.4 27.7 27.6 27.9 26.3 26.6 25.1 20.0 20.0 20.2
 Heart disease 8.8 11.1 8.0 22.6 10.7 8.0 21.1 8.9 6.6 18.0
 Diabetes 10.0 10.5 8.8 16.5 10.8 8.6 18.6 8.7 6.9 15.5
Any one (or more) of the above conditions/risk factors (%)c 73.5 79.5 78.4 83.1 80.9 80.2 83.5 69.3 67.8 74.8
 2 or more conditions/risk factors 41.6 46.9 45.7 50.8 45.9 44.9 49.9 38.1 37.9 39.1
 3 or more conditions/risk factors 18.4 23.0 21.9 26.8 21.8 21.2 24.2 17.3 16.4 20.5
Physical activity min/week (mean, SD) Not in survey 537.6 (556.3) 521.0 (536.8) 597.4 (618.7) 541.6 (532.6) 532.6 (533.1) 569.1 (532.2) 541.7 (573.1) 528.5 (556.0) 592.2 (632.8)
Walking min/week (mean, SD) Not in survey 241.8 (257.5) 241.3 (261.5) 246.3 (244.5) 229.7 (226.4) 229.7 (232.3) 229.4 (205.1) 258.1 (262.4) 254.9 (261.0) 270.7 (267.8)
Meeting physical activity guidelinesd (%) Not in survey 70.2 69.7 72.3 70.9 70.1 73.0 71.3 70.8 73.2
  1. aTable indicates the numbers included in each set of analyses
  2. bBased on WHO cutpoints [31]
  3. cCategories 1 or more, 2 or more and 3 or more not mutually exclusive and hence may sum to >100%
  4. dDefined as the accumulation of at least 150 min of activity and at least 5 sessions of activity over 1 week