Validation of 2 Brief Fruit and Vegetable Assessment Instruments Among Third-Grade Students

Sue Sing Lim, Abby Gold, Philippe R. Gaillard, Andrew Wey, Marla Reicks

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Objective: To evaluate the validity of 2 brief instruments to estimate fruit and vegetable (FV) intake among third-grade children. Methods: Children from an elementary school and a community center (n = 107) completed 2 retrospective questions for FV intake (fruit and vegetable questionnaire [FVQ]) and a food record (A Day in the Life Questionnaire [DILQ]) to estimate FV intake. Agreement between intake based on these instruments and 3 24-hour dietary recalls was determined. Results: Disattenuated Pearson correlation coefficients ranged from 0.40 to 0.69 for FV intake; however, the low reliability of multiple 24-hour recalls may have inflated the strength of the correlations. Altman-Bland difference plots suggested that the FVQ overestimated FV intake whereas the DILQ overestimated fruit and underestimated vegetable intake. Limits of agreement were wide for both tools, indicating poor overall agreement. Conclusions and Implications: The FVQ and DILQ were not valid instruments to evaluate FV consumption under current study conditions. Other assessment methods and instruments should be considered for young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-451.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Program provided funding for this study. In addition, the third and fourth authors were supported in part by National Institutes of Health Grants UL1TR000114 (PG and AW), U54MD007584 (AW), G12MD007601 (AW), and P20GM103466 (AW). The authors express sincere gratitude to the data collectors, school personnel, parents, and especially students for cooperation and support with this validation study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.


  • Assessment
  • Children
  • Fruit
  • Validation
  • Vegetable


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