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Table 4 Baseline health characteristics of MOBILIZE Boston Study participants

From: The MOBILIZE Boston Study: Design and methods of a prospective cohort study of novel risk factors for falls in an older population

Health characteristics N Percent
Body Mass Index (kg/m2)  
   < 21 42 7.2
   21–24.9 137 23.4
   25–29.9 252 43.0
   ≥ 30 155 26.4
Self-rated health:   
   Good to excellent 510 85.0
   Fair or poor 90 15.0
Walking 2–3 blocks:  
   No difficulty 433 72.7
   Little or some difficulty 82 13.7
   A lot of difficulty 46 7.7
   Unable to do 35 5.9
Minor or major depression:  
   Yes 45 7.5
   No 555 92.5
Cognitive function (MMSE):  
   18–23 72 12.0
   24–28 302 50.3
   29–30 226 37.7
Amount of walking per week:   
   < 1 mile 243 40.5
   1–3.9 miles 153 25.5
   ≥ 4 miles 180 30.0
   missing 24 4.0
Falls in year before baseline:  
   None 364 60.7
   One fall 131 21.8
   ≥ 2 falls 101 16.8
   missing 4 0.7