This data explorer provides representative data on the state of Texas from the 2015- 2016 School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Project.

The overall goal of SPAN is to establish a surveillance system to monitor the prevalence of overweight/obesity in school-aged children in Texas. This surveillance system allows researchers to identify and track trends in childhood obesity. In addition, SPAN identifies factors in Texas students that may underlie obesity, including dietary behaviors, nutrition knowledge and attitudes, and physical activity.

The SPAN Project was conducted by researchers at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, with funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Years Administered:

  • 2000-2002
  • 2004-2005
  • 2009-2011
  • 2015-2016

Population of the survey: Texas students and their parents:

  • 2000-2002: 4th, 8th and 11th graders
  • 2004-2005: 4th, 8th and 11th graders
  • 2009-2011: 4th graders and their parents; 8th and 11th graders
  • 2015-2016: 2nd graders and their parents; 4th, 8th and 11th graders

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