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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of participants (n = 252)

From: Understanding children’s preference for park features that encourage physical activity: an adaptive choice based conjoint analysis

Age, mean years [SD] 10.2 [1.4]
Sex, Male, n(%) 105 (41.7)
Dog owner, n(%) 85 (33.7)
School year level n(%)
 Year 3 85 (34.1)
 Year 4 38 (15.3)
 Year 5 28 (11.2)
 Year 6 98 (39.4)
Usual frequency of park visit, n(%)
 ≥ once per week 139 (55.4)
 2 -3 times per month 53 (21.1)
 ≤ once per month 41 (16.3)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.2)
Usual duration of park visit, n(%)
 < 30 mins 19 (7.6)
 30 min to 1 h 96 (38.4)
 > 1 to < 2 h 62 (24.8)
 2 or more hours 55 (22.0)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.2)
Usual activity levels during park visit, n(%)
 Mostly sitting 8 (3.2)
 Mostly light activities 22 (8.9)
 Mostly moderate activities 127 (51.2)
 Mostly vigorous activities 73 (29.4)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.3)
Usual accompaniment to the park, n(%)a
 No one (without dog) 45 (17.9)
 Parent 166 (65.9)
 Other adult 64 (25.4)
 Sibling(s) 146 (57.9)
 Friend(s) 146 (57.9)
 Organised Group 47 (18.7)
 Dog(s) 58 (23.0)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.1)
Usual activities performed, n(%)a
 Walk 80 (31.7)
 Walk the dog 63 (25.0)
 Jog 83 (32.9)
 Ride bike/scooter/skateboard 129 (51.2)
 Ball games 123 (48.8)
 Play on playground 161 (63.9)
 Picnic/BBQ 76 (30.2)
 Watch sport 35 (13.9)
 Major event 52 (20.6)
 Hung out with family 127 (50.4)
 Hung out with friends 154 (61.1)
 Relaxed 95 (37.7)
 Café 37 (14.7)
 Geocaching/outdoor treasure hunt 12 (4.8)
 Virtual reality games 17 (6.7)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.1)
Usual mode of transport to park visited most often, n(%)a
 Walk 181 (71.8)
 Jog 62 (24.6)
 Cycle 105 (41.7)
 Public Transport 8 (3.2)
 Car 127 (50.4)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.1)
Frequency of talking to people in park never met previously, n(%)
 Never/rarely 137 (54.4)
 Sometimes 59 (23.4)
 Most of the time/always 38 (15.1)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.1)
Frequency of talking to people in park that they already knew, n(%)
 Never/rarely 120 (47.6)
 Sometimes 77 (30.6)
 Most of the time/always 37 (14.7)
 Haven’t visited a park in the past 3 months 18 (7.1)
Number of days of ≥60 mins physical activity per day in usual week, n(%)
 < 7 days/week 186 (74.7)
 7 days/week 63 (25.3)
  1. aMultiple responses allowed