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SHEU food data: fruit, vegetables, 5-a-day and young people, children, school surveys

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data for schools and colleges

Young people, fruit, vegetables and 5-a-day

The Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU) has been talking to young people, about their health and wellbeing, since 1977. The results, from the Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ), are used by health and education authorities to inform their planning. Over one million young people have responded to the HRBQ. Among the food topics that are explored in the surveys are the regularity of eating and the portion size of fruit and vegetables. Questions about eating fruit and vegetables have been asked in schools from the early 1980s.

As the HRBQ has evolved, there have been changes to the number of options included in the ‘food’ list in the questionnaire. The various options have appeared and disappeared over the years as determined by changing behaviour patterns of young people, user responses and survey feedback. Before 1990 there were 40 options which included ‘oranges and apples’. After 1990 the options were reduced to 38 items and ‘oranges and apples’ became ‘fresh fruit’. In 2001 there were 15 options. In recent years the number of food options included in the questionnaire has varied. Chart 1 shows results, 1999-2011, from 10-15 year olds who reported eating fresh fruit on ‘most days’.

Chart 1. Ate fresh fruit on most days 1999-2011

In each of the three age groups, females report eating more fresh fruit than the males. As they get older, pupils report less often eating fresh fruit on most days. Since 1999, the youngest female and the oldest male have consistently remained at the top and bottom of the chart. Around 55% of 10-11 year old females and around 32% of the 14-15 year old males report eating fresh fruit on most days.

The above is an extract - to read the complete report click here (fruit veg 5aday pdf)




Comments about SHEU

"We would like to take part in the next ECM survey. We have found the data produced invaluable for supporting evidence in our SEF etc."

School Vice Principal

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"As a result of the survey we reviewed and amended PSHE schemes of work, we are currently working on a "Green Travel Plan", a morning breakfast club was established and we further developed 6th Form mentoring."

Health Education Coordinator

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

"The data from the 2018/19 survey is still in heavy use here, the physical activity related findings were pivotal in changing the relevant strategy recently to target less active groups like girls towards the end of secondary school, and I’ve three fairly hefty jobs on the to-do list that will use the data with other sources to identify target schools for mental health and physical activity projects, and another looking at community safety. I call it the gift that keeps giving and that certainly seems to be the case!"

Senior Public Health Specialist (Intelligence)

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding.
Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students.
As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes."

Deputy Head Secondary School

"I would like to say how much we appreciated the work you and your team have put in to this project, a big thank you for the excellent reports that you have completed on our behalf." Assistant Director of Public Health

Assistant Director of Public Health

"Over the last twenty years you have achieved much. The surveys and subsequent reports have painted the clearest picture we have of what young people are doing and what they think." OFSTED 1998


Any comments on specific survey questions that may have caused difficulty?
Pupils at our primary school found the questionnaire very easy to understand and most of them completed the questions in less than 45min.