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BOUNCE 5K Fun Run/Walk a Great Success!

BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) in partnership with the Hispanic Health Coalition and the UH Health Student Association held the second annual BOUNCE 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday April 27, 2013 on the UH Campus.  Hundreds of Hispanic families, UH students, faculty, and staff participated in this event. Zumba, Karate, and Mexican Folk dancing (Ballet Folklorico) demonstrations were performed to entertain the 5K participants.  Everyone enjoyed great music and the Cougar dolls cheerleaders made a special appearance.

The event was organized by Norma Olvera, professor of Health Education.  Proceeds from the event benefited Healthy Lifestyle Programs designed to promote healthy eating, exercise, and positive body image in Hispanic and African American youth. "Thanks to everyone for their support.  We were lucky the weather was beautiful," said Olvera.  "The most special moments were seeing a legally blind young girl guided by her mom participating in this event, a four-year old girl walking with her mom, and many families running/walking together."  Olvera also said the participants thought having the Cougar dolls cheerleaders at the event was simply awesome. 

Dr. Norma Olvera
Dr. Norma Olvera


BOUNCE is an award winning health and nutritional program that takes standard nutrition and physical activity intervention to the next level by fostering the mother-child partnership; heeding the cultural and gender specific behaviors that shape perceptions about food, exercise, and body image; and promoting the healthy lifestyle as fun.  Olvera explains, “The idea behind the program is to teach young girls about positive body image and healthy food and exercise choices.”

Contact information

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About Norma Olvera

Olvera is an Associate Professor of Health Education in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences. Her research interests include:

  • Childhood obesity determinants
  • Parental, acculturation, psychological and environmental factors associated with eating practices and physical activity levels in minority and immigrant children and families.
  • Community and Family-Based Interventions
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of school and community healthy lifestyle interventions designed for minority and immigrant populations 

Cheerleaders, Dancers and Karate Demo at the BOUNCE 5K Fun Run/Walk