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H1 = HINTS 1 (2003)

H2 = HINTS 2 (2005)

H3 = HINTS 3 (2008)

H4Cyc1 = HINTS 4 Cycle 1 (2011)

H4Cyc2 = HINTS 4 Cycle 2 (2012)

H4Cyc3 = HINTS 4 Cycle 3 (2013)

H4Cyc4 = HINTS 4 Cycle 4 (2014)

FDA = HINTS FDA (2015)

FDACyc2 = HINTS FDA Cycle 2 (2017)

H5Cyc1 = HINTS 5 Cycle 1 (2017)

H5Cyc2 = HINTS 5 Cycle 2 (2018)

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Nutrition and Physical Activity
During the past 30 days, how often did you eat potatoes?
In a typical week, how many days do you do any physical activity or exercise of at least moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, bicycling at a regular pace, swimming at a regular pace, and heavy gardening?
On the days that you do any physical activity or exercise of at least moderate intensity, how long are you typically doing these activities?
On those days, how long should the average adult be physically active to stay healthy?
Have you tried to lose any weight in the past 12 months?
Have you tried a low carbohydrate, high protein diet in the past 12 months?
Do you think a low carbohydrate, high protein diet is a healthy way to lose weight?
When you hear or read a new recommendation about nutrition, are you more likely to pay attention to it or to ignore it?
Think about the last time you heard a new recommendation about nutrition. Which of the following things did you do in response to the new recommendation? I changed what I do; I did not change what I do; or I waited to get more information.
Think about the last time you heard a new recommendation about physical activity or exercise. Which of the following things did you do in response to the new recommendation? I changed what I do; I did not change what I do; or I waited to get more information.
People who are overweight can lose a significant amount of weight by doing 30 minutes of moderate activities such as brisk walking on most days of the week. Would you say you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?
Within the past 12 months, have you seen, heard, or read anything about nutrition and cancer?
Within the past 12 months, have you seen, heard, or read anything about exercise or physical activity and cancer?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer on television?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer on television?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer in newspapers?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer in newspapers?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer in magazines?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer in magazines?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer on the Internet?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer on the Internet?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about nutrition and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional?
Within the past 12 months, how much have you heard about physical activity or exercise and cancer from a doctor or other health care professional?
How many servings of fruits do you usually eat or drink each day?
How many servings of vegetables do you usually eat or drink each day?
About how many cups of fruit (including 100% pure fruit juice) do you eat or drink each day?
About how many cups of vegetables (including 100% pure vegetable juice) do you eat or drink each day?
There are so many different messages about whether being overweight is harmful to one's health it is hard to know what weight one should maintain to be healthy.
Right now do you feel you are...overweight, slightly overweight, underweight, slightly underweight, or just about the right weight for you?
Sunlight helps the body produce Vitamin D naturally. Would you say you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?
To what extent do you believe that obesity is inherited. Would you say...
... Looked for information about physical activity or exercise?
... Looked for information about diet or nutrition?
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement?  There are so many different recommendations about nutrition that it's hard to know which ones to follow.
To what extent do you believe that obesity is caused by overeating and not exercising?
How often in the past 12 months would you say you were worried or stressed about having enough money to buy nutritious meals?
How much sugar-sweetened soda or pop do you usually drink each day? Do not include diet sodas or diet pop.
In a typical week, outside of your job or work around the house, how many days do you do leisure-time physical activities specifically designed to strengthen your muscles such as lifting weights or circuit training (do not include cardio exercise such as walking, biking, or swimming)?
Over the past 30 days, in your leisure time, how many hours per day, on average, did you sit and watch TV or movies, surf the web, or play computer games? Do not include “active gaming” such as Wii.
During the past 30 days, how many days per week did you have at least one drink of any alcoholic beverage?
During the past 30 days, on the days when you drank, about how many drinks did you drink on the average?
How much do you think health behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking determine whether or not a person will develop diabetes/high blood sugar?
How much do you think health behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking determine whether or not a person will develop obesity?
How much do you think health behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking determine whether or not a person will develop heart disease?
How much do you think health behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking determine whether or not a person will develop high blood pressure/hypertension?
How much do you think health behaviors like diet, exercise, and smoking determine whether or not a person will develop cancer?
How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: "Body weight is something basic about a person that they can't change very much."
Not counting any diet soda or pop, about how often do you drink regular soda or pop in a typical week?
At any time in the past year, have you intentionally tried to… Vegetables or Vegetable Juice
At any time in the past year, have you intentionally tried to…Exercise.
How much does pressure from others reflect why you would start or continue exercising regularly?
How much does concern over the way you look reflect why you would start or continue exercising regularly?
How much does feeling guilty when you skip exercising reflect why you would start or continue exercising regularly?
How much does getting enjoyment from exercise reflect why you would start or continue exercising regularly?
Over the past 30 days, how many hours per day, on average, did you sit and watch TV or movies, surf the web, or play computer games?
The food label above can be found on the back of a container of a pint of ice cream. We would like to know how easy it is to use this information. Use the food label above to answer questions N1-N4. If you eat the entire container, how many calories will
If you are allowed to eat 60g of carbohydrates as a snack, how much ice cream could you have? Write a number on one line below.
Your doctor advises you to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet. You usually have 42g of saturated fat each day, which includes 1 serving of ice cream. If you stop eating ice cream, how many grams of saturated fat would you be consuming each da
If you usually eat 2,500 calories in a day, what percentage of your daily value of calories will you be eating if you eat one serving?
At any time in the past year, have you intentionally tried to…Weight.
At any time in the past year, have you intentionally tried to…Soda.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? Cancer.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? Heart Disease.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? Diabetes.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? High cholesterol.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? Liver disease.
Which of the following health conditions do you think can result from drinking too much alcohol? Being overweight or obese.
How much do you agree or disagree that alcohol increases your risk of cancer?
How much do you agree or disagree that drinking alcohol in moderation reduces your risk of heart disease?
How much do you think that being overweight or obese can influence whether or not a person will develop cancer?
How much do you think that eating healthy food can influence whether or not a person will develop cancer?
How much do you think that exercising regularly can influence whether or not a person will develop cancer?
Think about the last time you ordered food in a fast food or sit down restaurant, did you notice calorie information listed next to the food on the menu or menu board?
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how easy or difficult to understand was the calorie information?
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered something with fewer calories.
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered something with more calories.
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered fewer items.
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered smaller sizes.
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered more items.
Thinking about the last time you noticed calorie information on the menu or menu board, how did the calorie information change what you were thinking of ordering? I ordered larger sizes.
During the past 7 days, how much time did you spend sitting on a typical day at home or at work? This may include time spent sitting at a desk, visiting friends, reading, driving or riding in a car, or sitting or lying down to watch television.
Weekly Minutes of Moderate Exercise (Composite of TimesModerateExercise and HowLongModerateExerciseMinutes)
Average Number of Alcoholic Drinks Per Week (Composite of DrinkDaysPerWeek and DrinksPerDay)
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