SPAN - School Physical Activity and Nutrition

School Physical Activity and Nutrition

span | SPAN   School Physical Activity and Nutrition Background Information

What is SPAN?

SPAN is the School Physical Activity and Nutrition 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.

Who conducted it?

The SPAN Project was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, with funding from the Texas Department of Health (TDH).

What kind of information was collected during SPAN?

SPAN data collection consisted of (1) administration of a questionnaire which assesses food choice behaviors, food selection skills, weight perceptions and practices, nutrition knowledge, attitudes about food and eating, and physical activity behaviors; and (2) height and weight measurements.

SPAN survey protocol (.pdf)

Questionnaires:

SPAN 2009-2010

Updated 2004 Versions

Previous Versions

4th Grade Questionnaire English Spanish English Spanish English Spanish
8th & 11th Grade Questionnaire English Spanish English Spanish English Spanish
Parent Survey English Spanish

The SPAN questionnaires are available for download*.

The authors ask that if you publish any articles using data from these questionnaires, please cite the following reference:

Hoelscher DM, Day RS, Kelder SH, Ward JL. Reproducibility and validity of the secondary level School-Based Nutrition Monitoring student questionnaire. J Am Diet Assoc. 2003;103:186-194.

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SPAN Contact Information:

Deanna M. Hoelscher, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., C.N.S.
Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
Associate Professor
University of Texas School of Public Health
Austin Regional Campus
1616 Guadalupe Street, Suite 6.310
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.391.2510
Fax: 512.482.6185

Deanna.M.Hoelscher@uth.tmc.edu

Last updated on January 14, 2005