Carolyn Smith

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Program Manager - Research

Carolyn is the project director for two state-wide projects, SPAN and TGEG. SPAN is the state-wide obesity surveillance and this is the 4th time it is being conducted. As project director for TGEG, Carolyn helps work to evaluate a three pronged intervention in elementary schools where CATCH, Walk Across Texas, and the Junior Master Gardener Curriculum are being implemented.

Carolyn is a proud 7th generation Texan and received her BS in Nutrition at UT Austin. She loves talking to people, spending time with her family and tooling away in her vegetable garden.

Current Projects

Texas School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (TX SPAN)

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The Texas SPAN survey was established to track the prevalence of overweight and obese school-aged children in Texas.

Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation

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Texas SNAP-Ed Evaluation, is a two-year project to evaluate, on a statewide basis, the effectiveness of SNAP-Ed nutrition education and obesity prevention programming activities delivered by Implementing Agencies throughout the state of Texas.

Texas GROW! EAT! GO!

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This project will test the impact of several different programs on behaviors related to childhood obesity including, a hands-on family-focused gardening program and a fun school-based walking program for kids.

Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE)

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This project is a collaborative effort that will study the impact of two recent policies: the Safe Routes to School program and an important rule revision to the federal food allocation package administered by the Texas Women, Infants and Children program.