Your comments to KidsCountONE


Dear Friends,

First, I want to say “thank you” for taking time to review KidsCountONE and provide such helpful comments and questions. So far we’ve heard from professionals in the US, UK, Germany, Portugal and Australia! Very exciting. And, some of you are members of teams working on your own assessment tools for children and health or nutritional literacy.

Second, I want to kick off this online discussion group with this brief post.

Our aim with KidsCountONE is to assess foundational concepts and factual knowledge about health and nutrition in children. KidsCountONE – for children ages 5-8; KidsCountTWO ages, 9-11.

Your comments to the KidsCountONE draft fell into three categories:

1) Wording / Visuals: You raised questions and suggested changes for wording & visuals.

Example:  “The donut looks like a bagel.”

2) Expand Questions: You flagged items that you wanted to see be pursued further.

Example:  “Find out more about what kids know about“processed” foods.

3) Behavior Questions, Yes or No: Your questioned whether the survey should keep the “behavior” questions.

Example: Q5. I eat sweet rolls, doughnuts, cookies, brownies, pies, or cake ___________

[ ] Every day

[ ] Sometimes

[ ] Only special times

[ ] I don’t eat them

Some of you commented that this question read like a “food intake survey.”  From this we inferred that you preferred the questions that were trying to assess concepts, and judgments of behavior.

Example: asking if a child knows that if they had a sweet for desert at lunch they shouldn’t have a sweet for desert in the evening.

Kicking off the discussion!

I thought this might be a place to begin our discussion.

Can we identify a list of core concepts about health and nutrition we believe our foundational for young children AND that we think should go into an assessment tool?

For example, two concepts we targeted are:

a.  There is a relationship between what you eat and your health

b.  There are foods that are good for your health and foods that are not very good for your health.

c.  —

d. —

e. —

f.  —


Best wishes,

Christina Zarcadoolas PhD                              Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH

Hunter College Anthropology Dept.                  NYC Food Policy Center


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