Project ScOPE

Project ScOPE (School Obesity-related Policy Evaluation)

project scopePrincipal Investigator

Marilyn "Susie" Nanney, PhD, MPH, RD 

Co-Principal Investigators

Toben F. Nelson, ScD, MSMartha Y. Kubik, PhD, MSN, RNCRichard MacLehose, PhD  

Project Coordinator

Katherine Grannon, MPH, RD

project scope teamScOPE Team

Biostatistics and Data Management Support

Cynthia DaveyBrandon CoombesMichael O’Connell; Susan Lowry  


Peter Rode of the Minnesota Department of Health  


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  


The goals of this school focused obesity prevention policy evaluation study are to 1) evaluate the associations between school-level food and physical activity policy, practice environments, student diet, activity behaviors, and weight status and 2) determine the extent that the policy and practice environments of districts and schools align with states. A serial cross sectional study design combining existing databases will be used to accomplish these goals; Minnesota Student Survey (1998-2013), Minnesota School Health Profiles (2002-2012) and School Health Policies and Programs Study (2000-2012).  

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Research Instruments and Supporting Documents 



  • Larson N, Davey CS, Caspi CE, Kubik MY, Nanney MS. School- Based Obesity-Prevention Policies and Practices and Weight-Control Behaviors among Adolescents. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Feb;117(2):204-213. Read the absract. 
  • Larson N, O'Connell M, Davey CS, Caspi C, Kubik MY, Nanney MN. Disparities in Supports for Student Wellness Promtion Efforts Among Secondary Schools in Minnesota. J Sch Health. 2017 Feb;87(2):90-97. Read the abstract. 
  • Hearst MO, Wang Q, Grannon KY, Davey CS, Nanney MS. It Takes a Village: Promoting Parent and Family Education on Healthy Lifestyles for Minnesota Secondary Students. J Sch Health. 2016 Dec; 87(1): 55-61. Read the abstract.   
  • Pelletier JE, Laska MN, MacLehose R, Nelson TF, Nanney MS. State-level trends and correlates for cross-Sector collaboration on school nutrition and physical education activities, 2000–2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 Jul 21;13:E94. Read the abstract. 
  • Larson N, Davey C, Hoffman P, Kubik M, Nanney MS. District wellness policies and school-level practices in Minnesota, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(1):26-35. Read the abstract. 
  • Kehm R, Davey CS, Kubik MY, Nanney MS. A comparison of the vending environment among three rural subtypes of secondary schools. J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2016; 1–12. Read the abstract. 
  • Nanney MS, MacLehose R, Kubik MY, Davey CS, O'Connel MJ, Grannon KY, Nelson TF. School Obesity Prevention Policies and Practices in Minnesota and Student Outcomes: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Am J Prev Med. June 2016. Read the abstract. 
  • Hoffman PK; Davey CS; Larson N; Grannon KY; Hanson C; Nanney MS. School district wellness policy quality and weight-related outcomes among high school students in Minnesota, Health Educ Res. 2016 Apr;31(2):234-46. Read the abstract. 
  • Caspi, C; Davey, C; Larson, N; Kubik, MY; Nelson, T; Coombes, B; Nanney, MS. Disparities Persist in Nutrition Policies and Practices in Minnesota Secondary Schools. J Acad of Nutr Diet. 2015 Mar;115(3):419-425. Read the abstract.
  • Kehm, B; Davey, C; Kubik, MY; Nanney, MS. The role of family and community involvement in the development and implementation of school nutrition and physical activity policy. J Sch Health, February 2015, 85(2):90-9. Read the abstract.
  • Kubik MY; Davey, C; Nanney, MS. Association Between Student Body Mass Index and Access to Sports in Minnesota Secondary Schools, 2012 to 2013. Previous Chronicle Distribution, November 2015; 12:150273. Read the abstract.
  • Larson, N; Davey, CS; Coombes, B; Caspi, C; Kubik, MY and Nanney, MS. Food and beverage promotions in Minnesota secondary schools: secular changes, correlates, and associations with students’ dietary behaviors. J Sch Health Volume 84, Issue 12, pages 777–785, December 2014. Read the abstract.
  • Kubik, MY; Davey, C; Nanney, MS; MacLehose, R; Coombes, B. Snacks, Beverages, Vending Machines, and School Stores: A Comparison of Alternative and Regular Schools in Minnesota, 2002 to 2008. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jan;115(1):101-105. Read the abstract.
  • Larson, N; Davey, C; Hoffman, P; Kubik, MY; Nanney, MS. District Wellness Policies and School-Level Practices in Minnesota, USA. Public Health Nutrition, 2015, May, 10, 1-10. Read the abstract.
  • Kubik MY; Davey C; Nanney MS; MacLehose RF; Nelson TF; Coombes B. Vending and school store snack and beverage trends. Minnesota secondary schools, 2002 to 2010. Am J Prev Med. 2013, 44(6):583-588. Read the abstract.
  • Kubik, MY; Wall, M; Shen, L; Nanney, MS; Nelson, TF; Laska, MN; Story, M. (2010). State but not district nutrition policies are associated with less junk food in vending machines and school stores in US public schools. Journal of American Dietetic Association, 110, 1043 - 1048. Read the abstract.
  • Nanney, MS; MacLehose, R; Kubik, MY; Davey, C; Coombes, B; Nelson, T. Recommended school policies are associated with student sugary drink and fruit and vegetable intake. Preventive Medicine, Volume 62, May 2014, 179–181. Read the abstract.
  • Nanney, MS; Nelson, T; Kubik, MY; Coulter, S; Davey, C; MacLehose, R; Rode, P. Evaluating School Obesity-related Policies Using State Surveillance Tools: Lessons from the ScOPE Study. Health Promotion Practice, September 2014, Vol. 15, No (5) 622-628. Read the abstract.
  • Nanney, MS; Nelson, Toben; Wall, Melanie; Haddad, Tarek; Kubik, Martha; Nelson Laska, Melissa; Story, Mary. State School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy Environments and Youth Obesity. Am J Prev Med, 2010, vol. 38, issue 1, pages 9-16. Read the abstract.


  • Larson N. School-based Obesity Prevention Policies and Practices and Unhealthy Weight-control Behaviors among Adolescent Boys and Girls. Presentaion at Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior August 2016, San Diego, CA.Larson N. Disparities in supports for student wellness promotion efforts among secondary schools in Minnesota. Poster presentaion at Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. March 2016, Washington D.C.
  • Nanney MS. School Obesity-Prevention Policy Efforts in Minnesota and Student Outcomes: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Oral presentation at ISBNPA, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Nelson T. Increasing inequality in physical activity among Minnesota secondary schools, 2001-2010 Oral presentation at American Public Health Association conference, 2014 in Boston, MA.
  • Caspi C. Rural schools in Minnesota have fewer policies and practices promoting nutrition. ISBNPA, 2013 in Ghent, Belgium.
  • Hanson C. Above average school wellness policy scores not related to district demographic characteristics in Minnesota. APHA, 2013 in Boston, MA.
  • Larson N. Promotions for healthy and unhealthy foods in Minnesota schools. FNCE, 2013 in Houston Texas.
  • Nanney MS. Evidence that key school policies are associated with student behaviors. ISBNPA, 2013 in Ghent, Belgium.

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