Childhood Obesity – Sofiya Alhassan, PhD – University of Massachusetts


One-third of children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, which is associated with a wide range of health problems.

Dr. Sofiya Alhassan is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Her research interest is in using physical activity in the prevention of pediatric obesity. Dr. Alhassan’s current research focuses on childhood obesity, particularly creating effective interventions to reduce the early onset of obesity in young children in addition to community family-based physical activity interventions. She has received several grants from the NIH, including the Magnet Trial, which examined the feasibility of daughter-mother dance physical activity and its impact on the physical levels of African-American girls. Learn more about Dr. Alhassan here.