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HHP Faculty Honored for Work on Minority Health Issues.

HHP faculty Dr. Norma Olvera and Dr. Rebecca Lee were named honorees at the National Minority Cancer Awareness Week Eighth Annual Symposium. The luncheon honored community-based organizations and individuals for their positive impact on minority health and health disparities in local minority and underserved communities.

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Dr. Olvera, Chancellor Khator and Dr. Lee

Dr. Olvera is the director of BOUNCE, Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise, a summer camp for minority middle school girls, which focuses on nutrition, exercise, body image and self esteem. The program, which began in 2005, was recognized by the Public Health Association as one of the best and innovative nutrition and physical activity programs in the state. Olvera also has designed, implemented and evaluated many community obesity prevention and treatment programs.

Dr. Lee is director of the UH Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) and the principal investigator of the Health Is Power program, a five-year, National Institutes of Health-funded study to increase physical activity in African-American and Hispanic women in Houston and in Austin.

The BOUNCE Lite program

Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC)