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Table 4 Resources used for the physical activity intervention and associated costs over two years

From: Cost-effectiveness of physical activity intervention in children – results based on the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) study

  Resources used Unit cost Cost per exercise club Cost per child
Family-based physical activity counselling (6 visits)
  Personnel costs of family-based counselling a 3.67 h €29.56   €108.50
  Printing costs of fact sheets given for the families 20 pcs €0.08   €1.52
Minor gifts for the families     €20.60
  Healthy snacks served to the children     €2.70
  Parents’ time use costs b 8.67 h €27.78   €240.88
After-school exercise clubs
  Personnel costs of after-school exercise clubs c 76.00 h d €58.49 €4445.50 e €348.67 f
  Costs of sports halls 76.00 h d €23.05 €1751.80 g €137.40 h
  All costs per child without parents’ time use     €619.00
  All costs per child with parents’ time use     €860.27
  1. a) Personnel costs: exercise medicine specialist with average hourly wage 21.12€ + 40% overhead= €29.56/h
  2. b) Parents’ time use costs. Average hourly wage in year 2014 = €19.84 + 40% overhead = €27.78/h
  3. c) 2 exercise instructors * 1.5 hours* (€13.93 + 40% overhead) = 2 * 1.5 hours * €19.50 = €58.49 per exercise club session
  4. d) There were 38 exercise clubs per year and thus 76 exercise clubs during the 2-year intervention.
  5. e) Personnel costs for after-school exercise clubs (€58.49 * 76 times) = €4445.50 per group
  6. f) (24 groups * €4445,50)/306 children= €106 692/ 306 children = €348.67 per child
  7. g) Costs of sports hall (€23.05 * 76 times) = €1751.80 per group
  8. h) (24 groups * €1751.80)/306 children = €42043.20/ 306 children= €137.40 per child