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.

We will be sending out online surveys starting in November. Once your family completes the online surveys, we will be setting up appointments for self-body composition measurements through videoconference using Skype. Payments will be made in the form of e-gift cards for the surveys and body composition measurements and will be sent to your email.