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ISRN Obesity
Volume 2012, Article ID 734682, 7 pages
Research Article

Healthy Eating Vital Sign: A New Assessment Tool for Eating Behaviors

1Division of Public Health, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, 375 Chipeta Way, Ste A, SLC, UT 84108, USA
2Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center, University of Utah, 421 Wakara Way, Suite 208, SLC, UT 84112, USA
3Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah, SLC, UT 84112, USA

Received 9 April 2012; Accepted 15 May 2012

Academic Editors: E. K. Naderali, C. Schmidt, and D. Tekin

Copyright © 2012 Jessica L. J. Greenwood et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Most dietary questionnaires are not created for use in a clinical setting for an adult health exam. We created the Healthy Eating Vital Sign (HEVS) to assess eating behaviors associated with excess weight. This study investigated the validity and reliability of the HEVS. Methods. Using a cross-sectional study design, participants responded to the HEVS and the Block Food Frequency Questionnaire (BFFQ). We analyzed the data descriptively, and, with Pearson’s correlation and Cronbach coefficient alpha. Results. We found moderate correlation ( r h o > 0 . 3 ) between multiple items of the HEVS and BFFQ. The Cronbach's alpha was 0.49. Conclusion. Our results support the criterion validity and internal reliability of the HEVS as compared to the BFFQ. The HEVS can help launch a dialogue between patients and providers to monitor and potentially manage dietary behaviors associated with many chronic health conditions, including obesity.