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Elizabeth Ayoko at the UH Spring Academic Showcase at Rockwell Pavilion in April 2013.
Elizabeth Ayoko describes her Research at the UH Spring Academic Showcase at Rockwell Pavilion in April 2013.

Elizabeth Ayoko (B.S. in Health Promotion) has been selected to present research to President Khator and the UH Board of Regents on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.  Ayoko conducted this research under the mentorship of Dr. Norma Olvera professor of Health Education, and presented her findings at the UH Spring Academic Showcase at Rockwell Pavilion in April 2013.

Ayoko's research is entitled The Use of Social Media to Achieve Weight Loss Goals. "This research project aims to combat the obesity epidemic by promoting the use of social media health-related websites such as Myfitnesspal.com", said Ayoko. "Hispanic mothers between the ages of 42-45 who all had a BMI that classified them as being overweight or obese participated in this study . . . a trend was found that showed that the more food logs that each person completed per week the more weight was lost." 

Participants for the study were recruited from BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) an award winning healthy lifestyle program that takes standard nutrition and physical activity intervention to the next level by fostering the mother-child partnership and heeding the cultural beliefs that shape perceptions about food, exercise, and body image; The principal investigator of this program is Dr. Norma Olvera who has assembled a  team of dietitians, fitness experts and counselors along with interns and volunteers to lead the BOUNCE program.

"We are so excited about this opportunity," said Olvera.  "Elizabeth did a terrific job in developing a research project that integrates technology in helping minority women to monitor their nutrition and exercise practices with the ultimate goal to lose weight. This is an example of how BOUNCE and the College of Education are committed to support undergraduate students in conducting research projects."

See Ayoko's poster presentation from the UH Spring Academic Showcase.

Ayoko will be accompanied by 12 other students representing each of the other colleges at UH. The format will be just like the UH Spring Academic Showcase; presenters will stand next to their posters and talk about their work.