Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE)

Project Overview

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.

Project update: With new funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we will be surveying and interviewing state legislators during the 83rd Texas Legislative session to assess their public health knowledge, attitudes, and health beliefs.  Information gathered from the survey and interviews will be used to assist our policy-focused partners in developing effective communications and strategic dissemination approaches aimed at encouraging and sustaining childhood obesity as one of the State’s major preventable public health issues requiring legislative action.

Key Publications

2013 Texas Health Perception Survey:
Eighty-three Texas legislators were surveyed to identify knowledge and perceptions about obesity prevention and control measures.  Legislators from both political parties and legislative chambers responded to the survey.  The 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey was conducted as a collaborative effort between the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health.

Click here to download the report

Click here to download the one-page report brief

Latest News / Social

WEBINAR: 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey results



UTHealth Newsroom | Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T COPPE)New survey assesses Texas legislators’ views on obesity prevention

via UTHealth Newsroom


AUSTIN – (March 6, 2014) – Results from a new survey show agreement among Texas lawmakers when it comes to their perceptions of prevention and control measures to address childhood obesity. The 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey was conducted as a collaborative effort between the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health…. Read the full article.

Project Details

The Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) project will evaluate the implementation and impact of two policies in Texas: (1) the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program administered through the Texas Department of Transportation; and (2) the program rule revising the federal food allocation package administered through Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, Texas Department of State Health Services. The project builds upon substantial ongoing statewide attention to childhood obesity prevention at the state level by coordinating its activities with the Live Smart Texas (LST) Steering Committee and by utilizing the Texas Obesity Policy Research Advisory Council (TOPRAC) as an internal statewide sounding board for issues surrounding policy research, implementation, dissemination, and action. Co-Led by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus (Co-PI: Deanna Hoelscher) and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health (Co-PI: Marcia Ory) this project draws in expertise from multiple academic centers, state agencies, policy institutes, and community organizations throughout the State of Texas.

This project is a collaborative effort with Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, Texas Health Institute, Partnership for a Healthy Texas, and Live Smart Texas.

News/Social

TexFlix: Introducing the T-COPPE Project



UTHealth Newsroom | Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T COPPE)New survey assesses Texas legislators’ views on obesity prevention

via UTHealth Newsroom


AUSTIN – (March 6, 2014) – Results from a new survey show agreement among Texas lawmakers when it comes to their perceptions of prevention and control measures to address childhood obesity. The 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey was conducted as a collaborative effort between the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health…. Read the full article.


Complete Streets article | Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T COPPE)Lawmakers File “Complete Streets” Bill

via Texas Tribune, February 3, 2011


Lawmakers today filed a bill they hope will help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safely share the roads. State Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, filed so-called “Complete Streets” legislation, which would require the Texas Department of Transportation to “recognize that bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes are integral elements of the transportation system,” and develop safer streets for people to walk, bike or drive… Full article at the Texas Tribune.