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Lara Latimer Declared Doctoral Candidate

Published Sept. 18, 2011 @ 9:15 p.m.

Lara Latimer, daughter of Rosa Latimer and Dr. James Bell of Post, received notice from the University of Texas at Austin in August, 2011 that she is a Candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education degree with a concentration in Health Promotion.  Her dissertation title is: Food promotion in the middle school environment: observations and associations with student food choices and weight-related outcomes.  She will complete the degree in December, 2012.

Lara, who lives in Austin, is also currently completing prerequisites to apply to UT Nutritional Sciences Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  She received her Masters of Arts in Health Education from UT in December, 2009 and her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas Tech University in August, 2003.

Lara received the Ed Annual Endowed Presidential Fellowship for 2011/2012 and the Cooke Scholarship 2010/2011

While at the University of Texas, Lara has published articles in the Journal of Community Health Nursing; Public Health Nursing; Health Care for Women International; Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; and the Western Journal of Nursing Research.  She has also presented information at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the annual meeting of the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations.  Lara has also been invited to be a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Latimer is a Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Texas and is a volunteer with the Capital Area Food Bank and the Sustainable Food Center in Austin. 

Upon completion of her Doctoral Degree, Lara plans to continue research in obesity treatment and prevention in children and adolescents, nutrition-related behavior in children and adolescents and risk behavior in adolescents and college students.   

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