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Centre for Behavioural
Research in Cancer

National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity (NaSSDA) survey

NaSSDA is the first comparable state and national secondary student web-administered survey of diet and activity, with the two initial surveys also including measured height, weight and abdominal circumference. Surveys include information on students’ frequency of consumption of particular foods and sugary drinks, food attitudes and preferences, exposure to food and sugary drink marketing, awareness of obesity-related diseases, students’ attitudes to, and frequency and duration of physical activity, screen time, and sleep duration. Output is generally in the form of reports for Cancer Council Australia, with findings of particular note submitted for peer-reviewed journal publication.

CBRC staff

Dr Belinda Morley, Maree Scully, Philippa Niven, Prof Melanie Wakefield


Dr Caroline Miller (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), Prof Louise Baur (The University of Sydney), Prof David Crawford and Prof Jo Salmon (Deakin University), Prof Tony Okely (University of Wollongong), Steve Pratt (Cancer Council Western Australia), Prof Vicki Flood (The University of Sydney)


Cancer Council Australia, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (early survey rounds were also part-funded by National Heart Foundation, state government health departments)


2009 - present