BOUNCE Change Run Raises Funds and Heartbeats

Dr. Norma Olvera
Dr. Norma Olvera

In collaboration with UH Recreation and Wellness Center, BOUNCE had its third BOUNCE 5K Fun Run/Walk and Change Run.  The UH community and general public participated in this event to promote physical activity.   "Before the run, participants stretched and danced Zumba to warm up," said Event Organizer and COE Associate Professor, Norma Olvera. "The Harris Health System also provided cholesterol screening." 

Olvera noted that the preliminary numbers indicate there were between 330-350 participants (not counting babies) plus volunteers and staff who attended the event.  "It was a wonderful event with beautiful weather," said one College of Education Staff Member.  "I even met a personal goal, thank you."

The Health Student Organization, the Hispanic Health Coalition and the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center also helped with the event.  Proceeds from the event benefit Healthy Lifestyle Programs designed to promote healthy eating, exercise, and positive body image in Hispanic and African American youth.

Please enjoy a slide show of photos taken during the event:

BOUNCE would like to send out a special thanks to all the Change Run Sponsors:

Community Health Choice  Community Health Choice
Recreational and Wellness Center  UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
Telemundo Houston
DJ Renatto mTo  DJ Renatto mTo
Carniceria y Taqueria Aguascalientes  Carniceria y Taqueria Aguascalientes
Hispanic Health Coalition  Hispanic Health Coalition


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 population