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Volume 8: No. 6, November 2011

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Survey Language Preference as a Predictor of Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Objectives Among Hispanic Adults in the United States, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009

Ethnicity/Survey Language Preference Median Interquartile Range
Non-Hispanic white
Fruit ≥ 2 1.14 0.58 1.99
Veg ≥ 3 2.16 1.45 3.14
Hispanic
Fruit ≥ 2 1.28 0.71 2.28
Veg ≥ 3 1.57 0.89 2.56
English survey language preference
Fruit ≥ 2 1.14 0.6 2.1
Veg ≥ 3 1.72 1 2.72
Spanish survey language preference
Fruit ≥ 2 1.42 0.78 2.29
Veg ≥ 3 1.43 0.85 2.29

Figure 1. Median daily frequency (times per day) of fruit and vegetable consumption among participants who completed the fruit and vegetable screener of the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (bars denote interquartile ranges).

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Ethnicity/Survey Language Preference Median Interquartile Range
Non-Hispanic white
Fruit Juice 0.28 0.06 0.98
Fruit 0.71 0.28 0.99
Green Salad 0.42 0.16 0.71
Potatoes 0.14 0.06 0.29
Carrots 0.14 0.09 0.32
Other 0.99 0.71 1.96
Hispanic
Fruit Juice 0.41 0.13 0.96
Fruit 0.7 0.28 1
Green Salad 0.29 0.13 0.7
Potatoes 0.14 0.03 0.4
Carrots 0.14 0.07 0.28
Other 0.56 0.28 0.99
English survey language preference
Fruit Juice 0.41 0.13 0.96
Fruit 0.56 0.28 0.99
Green Salad 0.4 0.14 0.7
Potatoes 0.13 0.03 0.29
Carrots 0.14 0.06 0.28
Other 0.94 0.29 1.71
Spanish survey language preference
Fruit Juice 0.42 0.14 0.94
Fruit 0.9 0.29 0.99
Green Salad 0.29 0.13 0.55
Potatoes 0.14 0.05 0.41
Carrots 0.14 0.06 0.29
Other 0.42 0.14 0.93

Figure 2. Median daily frequency (times per day) of consumption of specific fruit and vegetable items among participants who completed the fruit and vegetable screener of the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (bars denote interquartile ranges).

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