Kim, Youngwon

Assistant Professor
Division of Kinesiology
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Dr. Youngwon Kim joined the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Kim received his post-doctoral training in the Physical Activity Epidemiology programme within the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK. He earned his Ph.D in kinesiology and a minor in statistics from Iowa State University, USA: a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, USA, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hanyang University - ERICA, South Korea. Before joining HKU, Dr. Kim worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, USA.

As a physical activity epidemiologist, Dr. Kim has focused his research on understanding the preventive role of physical activity from an epidemiological perspective. Specifically, he has examined the associations of physical activity and fitness with various mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer outcomes using data from the UK Biobank project, an ongoing national cohort study of >500,000 UK adults. His primary research interest also lies in improving methodologies for conducting physical activity epidemiology research. Dr. Kim’s publications in this line of research have focused on evaluating the validity and utility of various physical activity assessment tools (e.g., self-reports, accelerometers) in both children and adults.


Selected Publications  (Pub Med Search)

  1. Kim, Y., Wijndaele, K., Sharp, S.J., Strain, T., Pearce, M., White, T., Wareham, N., & Brage, S (in Press) Specific physical activities, sedentary behaviours and sleep as long-term predictors of accelerometer-measured physical activity in 91,648 adults: A prospective cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  2. Kim, Y., Sharp, S.J., Hwang, S., & Jee, S.H. (in Press) Exercise and incidence of myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and site-specific cancers: A prospective cohort study of 257,854 adults in South Korea. BMJ Open
  3. Kim, Y., White, T., Wijndaele, K., Westgate, K., Sharp, S.J., Helge, J.W., Wareham, N., & Brage, S.(2018) The combination of cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength, and mortality risk. European Journal of Epidemiology 33(10):953-964
  4. Kim, Y., Wijndaele, K., Lee, D.C., Sharp, S.J., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (2017). Independent and joint associations of grip strength and adiposity with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in 403,199 adults: The UK Biobank study. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 106(3):773-782
  5. Kim, Y., White, T., Wijndaele, K., Sharp, S.J., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (2017). Adiposity and grip strength as long-term predictors of objectively measured physical activity in 93,015 adults: the UK Biobank study. International Journal of Obesity. 41(9): 1361-1368
  6. Kim, Y., Hibbing, P., Saint-Maurice, P.F., Ellingson, L.D., Hennessy, E., Wolff-Hughes, D.L., Perna, F.M., & Welk, G.J. (2017) Surveillance of youth physical activity and sedentary behavior with wrist accelerometry. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 52(6): 872-879
  7. Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2017) The accuracy of the 24-h activity recall method for assessing sedentary behaviour: the physical activity measurement survey (PAMS) project. Journal of Sports Sciences. 35(3): 255-261
  8. Kim, Y., Crouter, S.E., Lee, J.M., Dixon, P.M., Gaesser, G.A., & Welk, G.J. (2016) Comparisons of prediction equations for estimating energy expenditure in youth. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 19(1): 35-40
  9. Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2015) Characterizing the context of sedentary lifestyles in a representative sample of adults: the Physical Activity Measurement Survey (PAMS) project. BMC Public Health. 15(1): 1218
  10. Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2015) Criterion validity of competing accelerometry-based activity monitoring devices. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47(11): 2456-63
  11. Calabró, M.A., Kim, Y.*, Franke, W.D., Stewart, J.M., & Welk, G.J. (2015) Objective and subjective measurement of energy expenditure in older adults: A doubly-labeled water study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 69(7): 850-5 (* indicates corresponding author)
  12. Kim, Y., Lee, J.M., Peters, B.P., Gaesser, G.A., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Examination of different accelerometer cut-points for assessing sedentary behaviors in children. PLoS ONE. 9(4): e90630.
  13. Lee, J.M., Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Validity of consumer-based physical activity monitors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.46(9): 1840-8
  14. Kim, Y., Beets, M.W., Pate, R.R., & Blair, S.N. (2013). The effect of reintegrating accelerometer counts in preschool children: comparison using different epoch lengths. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 16(2): 129-34
  15. Kim, Y., Beets, M.W., & Welk, G.J. (2012). Everything you wanted to know about selecting the “right” Actigraph accelerometer cut-points for youth, but: A systematic revview. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15(4): 311-21 Joomla 3.3 Templates