HHP Faculty Dr. Lee to Work in Mexico as Fulbright Scholar
HHP Faculty Dr. Rebecca Lee has been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to work at the Instituto de Ciencias Aplicada a la Actividad Fisica y al Deporte in Guadalajara, Mexico to develop education and training protocols for health care practitioners and researchers so they can better document and define obesity, as well as the environmental factors that contribute to the epidemic.
Dr. Rebecca Lee
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American faculty members, scholars and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year. The program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential-with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Dr. Lee's award was featured by UH news in an article documenting her research, below is an excerpt from the article:
Lee, who is director of the UH Texas Obesity Research Center, has done extensive studies on the many factors that lead to obesity and its related illnesses, including cultural, sociological and neighborhood determinants. She is hopeful her research and research methods can be used to develop strategies to prevent and reverse the emerging obesity epidemic in Jalisco.
"My work in Texas has examined physical activity, dietary habits and body composition in women of color and how to encourage healthier habits," she said. "I'll work with colleagues in Guadalajara on similar studies with parents and children in urban and rural areas."