Grad student secures poster presentation

May 18, 2011

Megan Morales

Megan Morales, a master of science candidate in environmental and occupational health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, was selected as one of 18 people nationwide for the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health portion of the research poster presentations at the American Public Health Association annual meeting Oct. 31 in Washington, DC.

“I am very happy to represent the School of Rural Public Health at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting,” Morales said. “I am very thankful for the school’s nomination and for the excellent educational foundation they have provided me.”

Morales presented her poster titled “Dynamic Classroom Environment: Reducing Childhood Obesity” during the school’s National Public Health Week activities April 4-9.  Her research poster addressed the use of standing-height desks in classrooms. Findings indicated not only higher levels of calorie expenditure in students with the stand-biased desks, but also showed increased attentiveness.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell