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Dr. Jody Clasey presents Zuspan Lecture at University of the Cumberlands


UK associate professor of kinesiology. Dr. Jody Clasey spoke about childhood obesity to students and faculty, staff and community members at University of the Cumberlands.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —The featured speaker at University of the Cumberlands’ annual Zuspan Lecture was Dr. Jody Clasey, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Kentucky. An expert in the field of pediatric obesity, Clasey focused on not only the recent increase in childhood obesity but also on the increase in obesity-related health problems in children, such as Type II Diabetes.

Using a recent study of children in Clay County, conducted by Dr. Jill Day, a Clay County native and recent doctoral graduate of UK, Clasey discussed some of the problems specific to rural areas, which might contribute to childhood obesity. She noted such varied factors as limited access to facilities and limited grocery-shopping options, as well as socioeconomic issues that contribute to possible barriers to healthier lifestyles.

Clasey earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois, followed by a post doctoral fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Virginia. Her areas of research interest include body composition analysis, the relationship among body composition measures, physical activity and hormone function. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in exercise physiology.

The annual Zuspan Lecture is sponsored Perinatal Resources, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio in memory of Dr. Fredrick Zuspan, former president of the company. Each year, the lecture focuses on a health issue of particular interest to the southeastern Kentucky region.