About The Quiz

The Healthy Eating Quiz is a general guide, designed to help you rate how healthy your eating habits are. It will help to identify areas in which you are already eating a wide variety of foods and areas where you may be able to improve. At the end of the quiz, you will receive a score with general feedback on your current eating patterns. It will also give you suggestions for ways to increase the variety of foods in your diet.

You can do the quiz more than once. Come back and visit the quiz in a few weeks after you have tried the tips and see if your numbers improve.

Welcome to the Healthy Eating Quiz!

The importance of variety in healthy eating

No single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

The Quiz has been developed for the general population and is not suitable for those with specific medical or nutritional needs (eg. Coeliac disease, food allergies). If you have specific dietary requirements it is recommended you seek the advice of an Accredited Practising dietitian. http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/find-an-apd/

Who developed the Healthy Eating Quiz?

The Healthy Eating Quiz was developed by the nutrition research team at the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle. The team members are:

  • Professor Clare Collins
    Professor Collins is a professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle. She is a co-director of the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, and she is also a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
  • Dr Jane Watson
    Dr Watson is a research dietitian at the University of Newcastle. She is also an Accredited Practising Dietitian.
  • Dr Maya Guest
    Dr Guest is the Program Convener for the Bachelor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Newcastle.

How will the results be used?

At the University of Newcastle, our nutrition research team will use the results to find the healthiest eaters in Australia. Will it be the women, the men, children or adolescents? Come back later this year to find out the results.

The revised Australian Dietary Guidelines were released in February 2013 to reflect the latest scientific evidence on nutrition, diet and health. The new guidelines confirm that a higher diet quality, as indicated by a higher score on the healthy eating Quiz, is associated with better health and well-being. Previous users of the Healthy Eating Quiz may notice some minor changes to the scoring system, which has been updated based on the new Dietary Guidelines and your feedback.