Dr. Olvera, Chancellor Khator
and Dr. Lee
College of Education faculty Dr. Norma Olvera from the Department of Educational Psychology was named as an honoree 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.
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.
In addition, UH colleague, Dr. Rebecca Lee was also honored. Dr. Olvera and Dr. Lee collaborate at the UH Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC), where Dr. Lee is the director.