Results from a mini healthy living quiz, devised by researchers and completed by more than 5,000 people during The Grand Appeal‘s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail, have now been published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

What do families know about healthy eating and physical activity?  A lesson from Wallace and Gromit.

The trail, which raised £2 million for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital in 2018, featured 67 giant sculptures across the city of Wallace, Gromit and their arch-enemy Feathers McGraw.

‘Banana-arm-a’, a fruity take on the iconic Aardman villain, linked to a two-minute digital quiz which could also be accessed from the trail’s Detect-O-Gromit app.

The multiple-choice questions, developed by researchers from the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre’s Nutrition theme, tested the public’s knowledge on healthy living. Questions* included:

“What helps keep your bones strong?”

“How many cubes of sugar are in a standard can of cola?”


“Which food group do baked beans belong to?”

Once completed, the quiz provided the correct answers to improve people’s knowledge. You can find the answers below.

The quiz results showed that some messages on food choices for health are well known, for example, that calcium is needed for healthy bones.

However, less than three per cent of people who completed the quiz correctly answered all 10 questions. The results showed there were significant knowledge gaps on key issues such as the salt requirements for children, what fish can be defined as oily and how many minutes of physical activity per day children need to stay healthy.


Q: What helps keep your bones strong?
A: Calcium
99.1% answered this correctly

How many cubes of sugar are in a standard can of cola?
A: Nine cubes
65.3% answered this correctly

Which food group do baked beans belong to?
A: Both fruit/veg and protein
53.2% answered this correctly