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.
In order to make participation more convenient for your family, M-TEENS will be visiting military installations in Spring 2015. During our visits, your family can come and complete the parent and child survey, as well as the child body composition measurements, and pick up your AAFES gift cards. Please check our website in a few weeks to see when M-TEENS will be near you!