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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Fruit & Vegetable Intake Screeners from the Eating at America's Table Study: By Meal Screener

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Developer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute.
Year
1998

This assessment tool was designed to measure intake of fruits and vegetables and has been used widely to track changes in fruit and vegetable intake in specific population groups. There are two versions of this screener. This version, termed the By Meal version, asks about usual intakes of fruits and other vegetables by time of day. The other version, termed the All-Day version, asks about usual intakes of all items. Both are machine scanable.

Listed in the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Interpretive Guide.

Used to measure Indicator R2: Fruits and Vegetables

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Cancer Institute.
Free Material
Yes
Evidence
  • Evaluated
  • Validated
Evaluation Framework Indicators
SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

More detailed and somewhat more accurate than the All Day Screener as evaluated by 24-hour recall. Same question format as above for juice, salad, French fries, white potatoes, and beans. Then, for each meal, the respondent is asked to “divide your waking hours into three time periods: MORNING, LUNCHTIME AND AFTERNOON, and SUPPERTIME AND EVENING” and “Please think about the foods you ate during each of those time periods over the last month.” For each time period, four questions are asked. Responses are the same for vegetables and fruit: • Think about all the foods you ate at your [TIME OF DAY] meal and snacks over the last month. On how many days did you eat fruit for your [TIME OF DAY] meal or [TIME OF DAY] snacks? Count any kind of fruit—fresh, canned, and frozen. Do not count juices Responses: Never, 1-3 days last month, 1-2 days per week, 3-4 days per week, 5-6 days per week, every day • When you ate fruit in the [TIME OF DAY], what is the total amount of fruit that you usually ate in a [TIME OF DAY]? Responses: Less than ½ cup, ½ to 1cup, 1 to 2 cups, more than 2 cups • Think about all the foods you ate at your [TIME OF DAY] meal and snacks over the last month. On how many days did you eat vegetables for your [TIME OF DAY] meal or [TIME OF DAY] snacks? Do not count lettuce salads, white potatoes, cooked dried beans, vegetables in mixtures, such as in sandwiches, omelets, casseroles, and rice. Count all other vegetable • When you ate vegetables in the [TIME OF DAY], what is the total amount of vegetables that you usually ate in a [TIME OF DAY]? Responses: Yes, I ate vegetables 1 time yesterday; Yes, I ate vegetables 2 times yesterday; Yes, I ate vegetables 3 times yesterday; Yes, I ate vegetables 4 times yesterday; Yes, I ate vegetables 5 or more times yesterday.