Belinda Reininger, DrPH

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Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests community-based participatory research and intervention research; Hispanic health, particular emphasis on obesity, diet, physical activity and chronic disease prevention and management.


2016 - UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award. This award is the University’s premier teaching award honoring outstanding teachers from across the system.

2015 - ASPPH/Pfizer Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Public Health Practice.  This award is for graduate faculty who advance and integrate scholarly public health practices within research, teaching and service.

2012 - University of Texas School of Public Health Excellence in Practice Award.

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Recent Publications

A Comparison of Mean-Based and Quantile Regression Methods for Analyzing Self-Report Dietary Intake Data

(Vidoni, Michelle L., Belinda M. Reininger, and MinJae Lee. Journal of Probability and Statistics 2019 (2019).)

The Longitudinal Relationship Between Social Support and Physical Activity in Hispanics

(Heredia, N.I., Walker, T.J., Lee, M. and Reininger, B.M., 2019. American Journal of Health Promotion, p.0890117119828919.)

The combined effect of physical activity and sedentary behavior on subclinical atherosclerosis: a cross-sectional study among Mexican Americans

(Walker, Timothy J., Natalia I. Heredia, MinJae Lee, Susan T. Laing, Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, Joseph B. McCormick, and Belinda M. Reininger. BMC public health 19, no. 1 (2019): 161.)

Bikeability: Assessing the Objectively Measured Environment in Relation to Recreation and Transportation Bicycling

(Porter AK, Kohl HW III, Pérez A, Reininger B, Gabriel KP, Salvo D. Environ Behav.)

Association between Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions in Mexican Americans

(Wu, S., Fisher-Hoch, S., Reininger, B., McCormick, J.B; Health Psychology; 2018)

Recent News

Healthier Choices: Hundreds register for weight-loss challenge

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Hundreds of people registered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Linear Park in Brownsville to be part of The Challenge RGV, a weight-loss program in which several organizations come together to motivate the community to be healthier and reach their goal weight.

Harlingen vies for All-America City Award

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Five years ago, Harlingen became one of Texas’ few cities to launch a Mayor’s Wellness Council. Soon, Healthy Harlingen was born to combat one of the state’s highest rates of diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Brownsville Regional Dean Interviewed on KURV Radio

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Belinda Reininger, DrPH, was interviewed on KURV Radio in McAllen about her role as regional dean for UTHealth School of Public Health's Brownsville campus.

UCD wants 10% reduction in prevalence of type II diabetes by 2030

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The goal of Unidos Contra la Diabetes is to reduce the number of new cases of type II diabetes in the next five years. The nonprofit group believes this will result in a ten percent reduction in the prevalence of diabetes by 2030.

Life and Limb

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Daniel Zamora still remembers the smell. At first he didn’t realize anything was wrong. A small blister appeared on his left pinky toe where his sneaker rubbed against his skin. He had developed blisters before, but this one wouldn’t go away.