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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of NASA participants (n = 85)

From: Community-based childhood obesity prevention intervention for parents improves health behaviors and food parenting practices among Hispanic, low-income parents

Participant characteristics All parents (n = 85) Study completers (n = 52) Non-completers (n = 33)
n (%) n (%) n (%)
Sex
 Female 81 (95.3) 50 (96.2) 30 (90.9)
Age (mean±SD) 37.6±11.3 39.9±10.9a 34.4±11.1a
Hispanic/Latino
 Yes 78 (91.8) 49 (94.2) 29 (87.9)
Race (check all that apply)
 White 36 (42.4) 23 (44.2) 13 (39.4)
 African-American 10 (11.8) 7 (13.5) 3 (9.1)
 American Indian/Alaskan Native 1 (1.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (3.0)
 More than once race 9 (10.6) 5 (9.6) 4 (12.1)
 Wish not to answer/don’t know 10 (11.8) 4 (7.7) 6 (18.2)
Did not answer/Missing 19 (22.4) 13 (25) 6 (18.2)
Education
 Less than high school 25 (29.4) 13 (24.9) 12 (36.4)
 High school graduate/GED 24 (28.2) 17 (32.7) 7 (21.2)
 Post High School Trade/Technical school 9 (10.6) 7 (13.5) 2 (6.1)
 Some college or higher 27 (31.7) 15 (28.9) 12 (36.4)
Living with Spouse
 No 45 (52.9) 26 (50.0) 19 (57.6)
Marital Status
 Never Married 26 (30.6) 12 (23.5) 14 (42.4)
 Married 32 (37.6) 21 (41.2) 11 (33.3)
 Divorced/Separated or Widowed 26 (30.6) 18 (35.3) 8 (24.3)
Born in the U.S.
 No 67 (78.8) 43 (82.7) 24 (72.7)
Years in the U.S. (mean±SD) 13.0±10.3 12.4±9.7 14.1±11.4
Employment Status
 Employed Full time (> 35 hrs/wk) 24 (28.2) 11 (21.2) 13 (39.4)
 Employed Part time (< 35 hrs/wk)/Seasonally 21 (24.7) 14 (26.9) 7 (21.2)
 Unemployed/Looking for work 25 (29.4) 17 (32.7) 8 (24.2)
 Homemaker 13 (15.3) 10 (19.2) 3 (9.1)
 Student 1 (1.2) 0 (0.0) 1 (3.0)
Health Insurance
 Yes 53 (62.4) 32 (69.6) 21 (63.6)
Annual Household Income
 $15,000 or less 43 (50.6) 29 (55.8) 14 (42.4)
 $15,000 - $30,000 15 (17.6) 9 (17.3) 6 (24)
 $30,000 - $45,000 8 (9.4) 3 (5.8) 5 (15.2)
 More than $45,000 2 (2.4) 2 (3.8) 0 (0.0)
Parent Baseline BMI score (kg/m2)
 Underweight (< 18.5) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
 Normal Weight (18.5 – 24.9) 16 (19.2) 12 (22.8) 4 (12.0)
 Overweight (25.0 – 29.9) 25 (30) 16 (30.4) 9 (27.0)
 Obese (30.0 or higher) 38 (49.4) 23 (43.7) 17 (51.0)
Child Baseline BMI Percentile
 Underweight (<5th) 1(1.2) 1 (2.3) 1 (3.8)
 Normal Weight (5th – <85th) 32 (37.7) 20 (46.5) 12 (46.2)
 Overweight (85th - <95th) 12 (14.1) 9 (20.9) 4 (15.4)
 Obese (≥95th) 40 (47.0) 13 (30.2) 9 (34.6)
Child Age (mean±SD) 5.9±2.8 5.8±2.5 5.9±3.3
Child Gender
 Female 46 (54.1) 28 (53.8) 18 (54.5)
  1. Values above that do not add to 100% reflect missing data
  2. Abbreviations: NASA Ninos Activos y Sanos/Healthy & Active Children (Name of the program), SD Standard deviation, GED General Education Diploma, U.S. United States, Hrs Hours, Wk Week, BMI Body Mass Index
  3. a Differences between variables for completers and non-completers were significant (p < 0.05), p = 0.031