At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Contains data on factors that may be related to fruit and vegetable intake, such as self-efficacy, barriers, and social support for eating fruits and vegetables, shopping patterns, taste preferences, views on vegetarianism, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, and environmental influences.
  • Provides data on knowledge of fruit and vegetable recommendations and awareness of the Fruit and Veggies: More Matters campaign.



To collect data about attitudes and behaviors related to fruit and vegetable intake of adults in the United States (U.S.).

Target Population

Civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population, ages 18 years and older.


Conducted in 2007. One-time survey.


National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Special Note(s)

Please send inquiries to:

Linda Nebeling ( or April Oh (
Health Behaviors Research Branch
National Cancer Institute


Sample Design

Panel survey. This panel sample was selected so that households in the panel survey sample reflected the same proportion by geographic region, income, population density, age and household size as the U.S. household population. Learn more about the sampling design.

Sample Size

3,397 individuals in 2007.

Special Note(s)

Includes oversampling of African Americans.

Key Variables


NameMethods of Assessment
Level of educationInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Beliefs regarding fruit and vegetable consumptionInterview/questionnaire
Dietary behaviors (e.g.,) meals eaten outside of the home, meals eaten with family)Interview/questionnaire
Dietary preferencesInterview/questionnaire
Food shopping behaviorsInterview/questionnaire
Fruit and vegetable intakeDietary screener
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for fruit and vegetable consumptionInterview/questionnaire
Knowledge of fruit and vegetable recommendationsInterview/questionnaire
Knowledge of food groupsInterview/questionnaire
Views on vegetarianismInterview/questionnaire

Physical Activity-Related

NameMethods of Assessment
Frequency of leisure-time physical activityInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Sleep duration and quantity: Total sleep time during weekends/holidaysQuestionnaire
Sleep duration and quantity: Total sleep time during workdays/schooldaysQuestionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Height and weightSelf-report
Perceived weight statusInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Census regionN/A


NameMethods of Assessment
Health-related worriesInterview/questionnaire
Number of dependents in householdInterview/questionnaire
Perceived health statusInterview/questionnaire
Hours of Screen time (internet use and television watching)Interview/questionnaire
Hours of SleepInterview/questionnaire
Smoking statusInterview/questionnaire

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability

Data available upon request. Please contact April Oh (




Geocode Variable(s)

Census region

Existing Linkages

None found.

Selected Publications


Blanck HM, Thompson OM, Nebeling L, Yaroch AL. Improving fruit and vegetable consumption: Use of farm-to-consumer venues among U.S. adults. Preventing Chronic Disease 2011;8(2):A49.

Emanuel AS, McCully SN, Gallagher KM, Updegraff JA. Theory of Planned Behavior explains gender difference in fruit and vegetable consumption. Appetite. 2012 Dec;59(3):693-7.

Erinosho TO, Moser RP, Oh AY, Nebeling LC, Yaroch AL.Awareness of the Fruits and Veggies-More Matters campaign, knowledge of the fruit and vegetable recommendation, and fruit and vegetable intake of adults in the 2007 Food Attitudes and Behaviors (FAB) Survey. Appetite. 2012 Aug;59(1):155-60.

Erinosho TO, Oh AY, Moser RP, Davis KL, Nebeling LC, Yaroch AL. Association between the perceived food environment and self-efficacy for fruit and vegetable consumption among U.S. adults, 2007. Preventing Chronic Disease 2012 Jan;9:E10.

Ferrer RA, Bergman HE, Klein WM. Worry as a predictor of nutrition behaviors: results from a nationally representative survey. Health Educ Behav. 2013 Feb;40(1):88-96.

Goodman AB, Blanck HM, Sherry B, Park S, Nebeling L, Yaroch AL. Behaviors and Attitudes Associated With Low Drinking Water Intake Among U.S. Adults, Food Attitudes and Behaviors Survey, 2007. Appetite. 2012 Aug;59(1):155-60.

Shaikh AR, Yaroch AL, Nebeling L, Yeh M-C, Resnicow K. Psychosocial predictors of fruit and vegetable consumption in adults: A review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2008:34(6):535-543.

Thompson FE, Willis G, Thompson OM, Yaroch AL. The meaning of "fruits" and "vegetables". Public Health Nutrition, 2011;Jan 28:1-7.

Yaroch AL, et al. Evaluation of Three Short Dietary Instruments to Assess Fruit and Vegetable Intake: The National Cancer Institute's Food Attitudes and Behaviors Survey. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Oct;112(10):1570-7