BOUNCE Receives $80K From Randalls Through the SAFEWAY Foundation

BOUNCE participants, staff and volunteers received check
The BOUNCE team poses with the $79,878 dontation from Randalls through the SAFEWAY Foundation in the College of Education Dean's Suite on September 12, 2012.

September 13, 2012-Houston- Healthy habits are notoriously difficult for anyone to develop. When it comes to battling childhood obesity, underserved minority families face particularly steep challenges. The University of Houston’s BOUNCE program (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) provides mothers and daughters behavioral and educational practices that transform not only the lives of girls but their families and community, as well. To partner in this mission, Randalls through the Safeway Foundation has presented BOUNCE with a check for $79,878.


Connie Yates with Randall's SAFEWAY discusses the BOUNCE Program with Norma Olvera in the Dean's Suite on September 12, 2012.
Randall's SAFEWAY representative, Connie Yates (left) discusses the BOUNCE Program with Norma Olvera in the Dean's Suite on September 12, 2012.

To present the check, Connie Yates, Dawne Proffitt and Ryann Jarrard were in attendance on behalf of Randalls.  Dr. Norma Olvera, professor of Health Education and Director; Dr. Dennis Smith, Health Research Specialist;  Ashley Sanchez and Yirla Montalvo, students; Victoria Montalvo, mother along with her baby Moises and; Mayra Luciano, Ana Alvarez, Arely Cervantes, and Delia Sandoval, staff members were the proud representatives of BOUNCE.

“Thanks to Randalls and the Safeway Foundation, BOUNCE will be able to change the lives of more girls and their families,” said Robert McPherson, dean of the UH College of Education. “By joining in this mission, our partners are not just proving to be good corporate citizens, they inspire others to join make our community a healthier place.”

Dawne Proffitt from Randalls SAFEWAY greets BOUNCE student Yirla Montalvo
Randalls SAFEWAY representative Dawne Proffitt (right) greets BOUNCE student Yirla Montalvo in the Dean's Suite on September 12, 2012.

Since 2005 the BOUNCE program has empowered low-income, Hispanic and African American 9-14 year-old-girls and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The program’s four-week camps include activities to teach healthy food choices, positive body image and fun ways to be active, such as salsa dancing, Zumba, yoga and step aerobic classes. Registered dieticians, fitness experts and child psychologists lead the sessions.

“It is incredibly satisfying to see how much girls and their mothers change their eating habits and become more active while losing weight and inches,” said Olvera. “BOUNCE is about empowering families to develop a healthy way of life that becomes a lifetime lifestyle.”

Through collaborative efforts between academia and community, BOUNCE advocates a healthy lifestyle by incorporating healthy food choices, daily exercise, and positive self-esteem, while helping participants form lasting friendships in a fun and exciting environment.

Randalls and the Safeway Foundation support causes that impact the lives of its customers. It focuses on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities. In total, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation give more than $200 million a year in grants and product donations to charitable organizations.

About BOUNCE: http://bounce.uh.edu/default.cfm

Marisa Ramirez
mrcannon@uh.edu
713-743-8152