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Lori Spruance

Assistant Professor
Public Health

2149 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Dr. Lori Andersen Spruance's primary research interest is childhood obesity prevention. She focuses on evaluating programs aimed at improving physical activity and nutrition in children and adolescents, with a particular interest in the School Breakfast Program. She has worked on several federally funded grants examining the effectiveness of school-based salad bar programs, and has published in the area of active transportation to schools, physical activity among low-income African American adults, and stair usage. Her current projects examine parent perceptions of school breakfast in the state of Utah and binge TV watching in university students. In her spare time, Dr. Spruance likes to run, ski, and go on hikes with her dog and husband, Clint. Dr. Spruance graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Utah State University in School Health and Physical Education, a Master's of Education in Health Promotion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received her PhD from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Teaching Interests
Program planning and evaluation, policy affecting obesity

Research Interests
Childhood obesity prevention, public health nutrition, physical activity, school-based research, evaluation

Courses Taught
Winter 2019

  • HLTH 312: Intro to Plan, Interv, Eval Section 002
  • HLTH 439: Adv Program Planning Section 001

Fall 2018

  • HLTH 312: Intro to Plan, Interv, Eval Section 002
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 018
  • HLTH 630: Small-Group Interventions Section 001

Spring 2018

  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 018

Winter 2018

  • HLTH 439: Program Planning Section 001, 003
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research Section 017
  • HLTH 691R: Mentored Research Section 006



Bingham A, Cox A, Stokes NM, Spruance LA. School nutrition staff’s perceptions of ability and knowledge to process and promote local produce. Foodservice Systems Management Education Council Conference. Las Vegas Nevada. 2017.

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