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Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition, Coaching & Exercise

BOUNCE is a community outreach and research initiative at the UH College of Education dedicated to reducing obesity-related diseases among underserved communities in Houston.


PATH Internship

The PATH (Providing Advanced Training in Health) internship is for UH, UHD, and HCC students. It seeks to develop the next generation of community nutrition and health programming professionals. The PATH internship will teach entry-level skills to develop, deliver and evaluate a healthy lifestyle program and provide professional development training for careers in community nutrition and health professions.

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Established in 2005, BOUNCE Summer Wellness is an award-winning healthy lifestyle summer program designed to promote healthy eating, regular physical activity and body positivity among low-income Hispanic and African American children.

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BOUNCE has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels for its work. Some highlights:

  • In summer 2017, Norma Olvera, the founder and executive director of BOUNCE, was selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on her work in the health field.
  • In 2010, BOUNCE won an honorable mention award for cardiovascular health promotion by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • In 2006, BOUNCE was acknowledged as “One of the Best Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices” by the Texas Public Health Association.