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CEHD News Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory

Barr-Anderson presents at Minne-College in Arizona

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL) in the School of Kinesiology, presented at Minne-College in Arizona held in Scottsdale, AZ, on February 10. The title of her presentation was “Move More to Weigh Less: The Importance of Physical Activity to Address Childhood Obesity.” Also attending were CEHD Dean Jean Quam, Serena Wright, CEHD Sr. Alumni Director, and a number of U of M alumni. Minne-College in Arizona is sponsored by the U of M Alumni Association.

Doctoral student Eydie Kramer presents at The Obesity Society meeting

Eydie Kramer, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology and advised by Dr. Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., is presenting at The Obesiety Society annual meeting on October 31, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Kramer will present a study on yoga intervention for African-American women that was conducted in the Behavioral Physical Activity Lab (BPAL) in 2016. Her poster titled “I Heart Yoga! A Pilot, Culturally-Tailored Yoga Intervention for African-American Women With Obesity” was selected as a top 10 abstract.


Barr-Anderson participates in Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness event

Daheia J Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, will participate in the event “Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness for Empowering Girls and Women from Indigenous Communities and Communities of Color” Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. to noon at the Walker Community United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. Barr-Anderson will serve as moderator for the panel discussion on strategies to empower these female communities. She will also lead movement activities.

The event is free and open to the public. Complete details are available here.

Barr-Anderson is lead author on article in Journal of Adolescent Health

Dahiea Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory, is lead Daheia J Barr-Andersonauthor on an article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “The Modifying Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status on the Change in Physical Activity From Elementary to Middle School” examines whether the association between the change in individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors and the change in physical activity is modified by race/ethnicity or SES.



Barr-Anderson quoted in Highlights Magazine online

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Lab, was quoted in two online magazine articles for Highlights Magazine online. Barr-Anderson’s research interests focus on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adolescents, and she used her expertise to answer questions and advise parents on how to aid their children in living an active lifestyle and combat the couch-potato culture.

Barr-Anderson is cited in two articles, titled “Struggle-Free Tips to Get Your Couch-Potato Kid Moving,” and “Why’s My Kid a Couch Potato: Is he Lazy…or Something Else?“. These pieces are part of the journal’s series “Smart Answers to Parents’ Toughest Questions”, which offers insight on what keeps children from being active, and tips on how to be active together.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of going outside together to throw around a ball or start a garden,” says Barr-Anderson. “You get movement and activity, and time spent together.”


Barr-Anderson appears on “Public Health Minute with Dr. William Latimer”

Daheia J Barr-AndersonDahiea Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, appeared on the Public Health Minute with Dr. William Latimer, presented by the School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing at Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY, on a segment titled “Physical Activity and Healthy Eating“.

The Public Health Minute is a one-minute audio segment in which the creator and host, Dr. William Latimer, interviews researchers and medical professionals about a wide variety of public health topics and is designed to get practical health advice informed by cutting- edge research to the public.

Barr-Anderson, students present at ACSM

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., and students traveled to the American College of Sport Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Denver, CO held May 30-June 3 to give several presentations. Barr-Anderson is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology in behavioral aspects of physical activity.

Tutorial: Hot Fitness Trends to Promote Health and Physical Activity in Minority Communities – Yoga. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Oral Presentation: Exploring the link between exercise identity and intervention dosage: I-FIT (Initiating Feelings of Individual Transformation). Eydie Kramer, Kinesiology doctoral student; Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentation: Vertical jump test as a health-promotion screening tool for predicting bone strength in young adults. Maggie King, Kinesiology doctoral student; Steven Levy, Lucas Carr, and Kathleen Janz, Iowa State University

Kramer is recipient of inaugural Drinkwalter Fellowship for Nutrition Research

images of Eydie KramerThe inaugural fellowship for the Roger W. and Ann T. Drinkwalter Fellowship for Nutrition Research has been awarded to Eydie Kramer, a School of Kinesiology doctoral student in Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity under the guidance of Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor. The Drinkwalter Fellowship was established in 2016 through a generous endowment from Mrs. Ann T. Drinkwalter as a continuing legacy to her husband Roger’s and her mutual, lifelong interest and professional dedication to food- and nutrition-related fields. The fellowship supports graduate students in CEHD’s School of Kinesiology who are pursuing research in nutrition as an important context for critical factors related to health and well-being.

Dahia Barr-Anderson and Sanaz Khosravani receive 2017 Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle awards

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Ms. Khosravani

A faculty member and doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology have been selected to receive awards from the College of Education and Human Development’s Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC).

Dahia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School, has received the Rising Star Faculty Award of $1,500 to use for professional development.  She joins an elite group of CEHD female faculty members in the college who have received this prestigious award.

Sanaz Khosravani, a Kinesiology doctoral student in the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, will receive a $1,400 Graduate Student Ph.D. award based on the review committee’s assessment of her “academic achievements, community involvement, leadership, and passion for her academic and professional career.”

The awards will be conferred at the WPLC’s annual celebration on Tuesday, June 13, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.

Barr-Anderson will present at Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, will presenting at the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017 this Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm in 100 Murphy Hall. The Symposium, hosted by The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, invites presenters who are past Multicultural Research Award Recipients.

Barr-Anderson will be speaking at 2:20 p.m. on her research, “A Mixed Methods Assessment of Family Influence on Weight-Related Behaviors Among African-Americans.”

CEHD Vision 2020 blog features Barr-Anderson’s yoga study

Daheia J Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, has a featured post in the CEHD Vision 2020 blog. Barr-Anderson’s post, “Unlocking the Health Benefits of Yoga for African American Women,” explains her engagement  in yoga-based wellness interventions and her passion for removing participation barriers, especially for African American women facing obesity.

Barr-Anderson, Biltz present at NASPEM conference

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented a poster entitled “Teachers’ influence on weight-related behaviors of African American preschoolers” at the 2016 North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) in Knoxville, TN, on August 11. George Biltz, M.D., lecturer in the School, also presented a poster, “Initial Submaximal RER and Tidal Volume Variability Appear Inversely Related to Direction of Response to Marathon Training.” The conference was held from August 10-13.

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Dr. Biltz

Formed in 1985, NASPEM’s membership is comprised of medical doctors, researchers, educators, and students interested in pediatric exercise. Their mission is to promote exercise science, physical activity and fitness in the health and medical care of children and adolescents.

Barr-Anderson quoted in Physician’s Briefing

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D. was quoted in the website, Physician’s Briefingas part of an article highlighting presentations given at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Held from May 31 to June 4, this meeting draws more than 6000 professionals from around the world who are interested in sports medicine and exercise science. At the symposium, Dr. Barr-Anderson discussed how yoga is an effective physical activity to address chronic stress in a variety of populations.

Read the full article here.


Barr-Anderson to present at ACSM Annual Meeting

Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., will participate in a symposium session at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Barr-Anderson will present with other experts in a session titled, “Stressed Out? . . . Get Moving.” She will discuss addressing chronic stress through physical activity interventions and their implementation.

Kinesiology participates at 2016 Athletic & Educational Equity conference

image of logos from 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE)Several School of Kinesiology faculty—Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., and Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D.—and a doctoral student—Andrew White, sport psychology—will be presenting at the 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE) on Thursday, April 21 at the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center. The conference is sponsored by the Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access.

The conference agenda and brochure are available: agenda | brochure

Dr. Beth Lewis publishes psychology & health research

Beth LewisDr. Beth Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published research on self-efficacy versus perceived enjoyment as predictors of physical activity behavior.  One of the co-authors is Beth Lewis’s former doctoral student Amanda Frayeh, assistant professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Sport Studies Department.

The full citation and abstract: Lewis, B.A., Williams, D. M., Frayeh, A., & Marcus, B.H. (2015). Self-efficacy versus perceived enjoyment as predictors of physical activity behavior. Psychology & Health, 1-14. doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1111372.

Students, faculty, & alumni represent at ACSM conference

10336684_10153332867891264_5805345408675514168_nSchool of Kinesiology students and faculty have a prominent presence at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in San Diego, California. School alumni are also co-presenters in several of the poster presentations.


  • Mitochondrial Remodeling Resulting from Muscle Contraction and Disuse: Role of PGC-1 and Sirt3 – Dr. Li Li Ji

Thematic Poster Presentations

  • Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreation RunnersDr. Stacy Ingraham, Dr. Christopher Lundstrom & graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • Preschool Pilot (PSP) Study: Targeting Teachers and Engaging Parents to Improve Weight-Related Outcomes for African-American Preschoolers Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentations

  • The Mitochondrial E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase 1 (Mul1) is Down-Regulated by PGC-1a Over-Expression in Disuse Induced Atrophied Muscle – Dr. Li Li Ji, Post-doctoral associate Chounghun Kang and graduate students Dongwook Yeo and Tiano Zhang
  • The Short-term Effect of Sit-Stand Workstations on Blood Glucose in Obese Women with Impaired Fasting Glucose Dr. Beth Lewis
  • Association Between Urban Children’s Psychosocial Beliefs and their Outside School Physical Activity Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Foam Rolling Decreases Muscle Soreness but has no Effect on Running Performance  – Dr. Eric Snyder, Dr. Erik Van Iterson and graduate assistants Emma Lee and Alexander Kasak
  • Effect of Two Physical Activity Interventions on Preschool Children’s Cognitive Functions and Perceived Competence – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status in Intercollegiate Sports – Dr. Stacy Ingraham and graduate assistants Zachary Rourk and Matthew Carlson
  • Associations Between Children’s Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity in Exergaming – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Comparison of Children’s Recess and After-school Physical Activity: Effects of School Days and Weight Status – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Effects of Plyometric Training on Lower-Body Muscle Function in Novice Marathon Runners – Dr. Chris Lundstrom and graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • The Acute Effect of Exergaming on Elementary School Children’s Mood Changes – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Jung Eun Lee
  • The Effects of Glucose-Fructose Versus Glucose-Only on Stride Characteristics during Prolonged Running – Dr. Stacy Ingraham
  • Alveolar to Arterial Gas Exchange during Constant-Load Exercise in Healthy Active Men and Women – Dr. Eric Snyder
  • Effect of Spark on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, and Motivation in Middle-School Students – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Intervening in Adolescents’ Knowledge and Motivation about Energy Balance – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Plyometrics & Sprint Training Versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners  – Graduate assistant Morgan Betker

Barr-Anderson awarded Grant-in-Aid

Barr-Anderson-2015-2Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., was  awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. She will use the grant to examine the effects of yoga on blood pressure, stress, and physical activity in overweight, African-American women. The project has been funded from July 1, 2015 – Jan 15, 2017.

Barr-Anderson appointed to ACSM Board of Trustees

Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., was recently appointed by Barr-Anderson-2015-2the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Board of Trustees by the organization’s President-elect, Larry Armstrong. Barr-Anderson’s appointment will be for one year and she will work closely with the Vice President of Membership, Communication, and Education, and Policy to oversee ACSM’s 21 committees.