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What do families know about healthy eating and physical activity? A lesson from Wallace and Gromit
  1. Vanessa Marshall1,
  2. Ally Jaffee2,
  3. Sam D Leary3,
  4. Andy Ness1,
  5. Nicola Masters4,
  6. Laura Birch1,
  7. Clare England1,
  8. Fiona E Lithander1,
  9. Charlottte Atkinson5,
  10. Julian PH Shield1
  1. 1 NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition Theme), University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  3. 3 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristols, UK
  4. 4 Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal, Bristol, Avon, UK
  5. 5 University of Bristol, NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition Theme), Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vanessa Marshall, NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition Theme), Bristol BS2 8AE, UK; vanessa.marshall{at}

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In 2018, The Grand Appeal organised a fundraising event for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children entitled ‘Gromit Unleashed 2’. In partnership with Aardman Animations, this sculpture trail featured 67 giant sculptures of the characters Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw, located in high footfall and iconic locations around Bristol and surrounding areas. The trail featured a ‘healthy eating hero’ sculpture named Banana-arm-a that linked to a short digital quiz. In collaboration with the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre, Nutrition theme, a 10-question ‘Healthy Living Quiz’ was developed to test Bristol general public’s knowledge on healthy living for children in a fun-based survey (table 1). Questions were short, child focused and based on practical food knowledge and key health recommendations. A three-option multiple-choice question format was adopted …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the writing of the letter. VM, JHS and NM conceived the idea. LB, CE, CA designed the survey. SL undertook the statistical analysis. AJ drafted the first version of the letter.

  • Funding This study was supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol.

  • Disclaimer The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.