M-TEENS: The Military Teenagers' Environments, Exercise, and Nutrition Study

The Military Teenagers' Environments, Exercise, and Nutrition Study (M-TEENS) is a joint initiative between the University of Southern California (USC) and RAND Corporation. The project examines how the food and physical activity environments in military children's schools and neighborhoods influence their diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and body weight. This study will help us learn more about what factors influence the health and well-being of military children.

M-TEENS is unique because it follows military children and their families over multiple years as they transition across installations. By collecting data over time and geographic locations, we can learn more about the changing environments faced by military children and their families and how those environments affect children's health behaviors and outcomes. This is a critical first step in developing policies and programs designed to help military families stay healthy.

Take the M-TEENS survey

If you received a PIN from M-TEENS, please click the link to the left. You may be asked to complete a brief eligibility screener before beginning the survey. If you leave before completing the survey, your progress will be saved. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-836-4779.


April 23, 2014 M-TEENS will begin follow-up data collection on May 1, 2014. During this time, we will be contacting original families who participated in Spring 2013, as well as recruiting a new cohort of families.
December 2013 M-TEENS has closed baseline data collection. Thank you to all the families that participated this year! We will be contacting you in Spring 2014 for follow-up surveys.