Youngwon Kim portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Health-Kinesiology-Recreation
  • Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Research Summary

The overarching goal of my research is to contribute to making people live healthier through physical activity promotion. To achieve this, I have focused my research on three areas. 1) Health Benefits of Physical Activity - Examining the impacts of physical activity on adverse health outcomes, 2) Physical Activity Measurement - Testing the accuracy/utility of self-reports and accelerometers, and 3) Physical Activity Surveillance - Quantifying the distributions and patterns of physical activity


  • Post-doc, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK
  • Ph.D, Kinesiology (major) and Statistics (minor), Iowa State University, USA
  • MS, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, USA
  • BS, Business Administration, Hanyang University - ERICA, South Korea

Selected publications

  1. Kim, Y., White, T., Wijndaele, K., Westgate, K., Sharp, S.J., Helge, J.W., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (in Press) The combination of cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength, and mortality risk. European Journal of Epidemiology 
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15(4): 311-21