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Dr Wendy Huang

Assistant Professor
Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health
Faculty of Social Sciences

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Dr Wendy Huang’s research areas are physical activity and sedentary behaviours for children, with a focus on understanding the correlates of these behaviours and how behavioural patterns affect health outcomes. During the last few years, she has expanded her research in preschool-aged children and investigation of movement behaviours in a 24-hour period. Seven external competitive grants have been successfully obtained, with three as Principal Investigator (PI) including one General Research Fund (GRF) and one Early Career Scheme (ECS). Her research applies a mixed approach (quantitative and qualitative) to examine behavioural patterns (for example, active travel or weekday-weekend variations), compliance with movement behaviour guidelines, and the perceptions of the guidelines among relevant stakeholders such as parents and teachers. 

 

Knowledge transfer is another integral part of her research programme. She has been instrumental in the development of Hong Kong’s Active Healthy Kids Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (http://activehealthykidshongkong.com.hk/). Hong Kong Report Card is a member of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (https://www.activehealthykids.org/), a not-for-profit organisation consisting of approximately 50 countries and regions. The Report Card aims to translate research knowledge to drive social action for policy change relating to physical activity among children and youth. The first two Hong Kong Report Cards (2016 and 2018) have been widely disseminated in local communities, including the government, NGOs, health authorities, and primary and secondary schools. The findings have been frequently cited in local health authorities’ publications dedicated to promoting public awareness of health information. 

 

Dr Huang is also an Associate Editor of International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, one of the leading journals in the field.

 

Research Outputs

  • Shi, Y., W. Y. Huang, C. H. Sit & S. H. Wong. “Compliance with 24-hour movement guidelines in Hong Kong adolescents: associations with weight status.” Journal of Physical Activity & Health 17.3 (2020): 287-292. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2019-0230.
  • Huang, W. Y. & E. Y. Lee. “Comparability of activPAL-based estimates of meeting physical activity guidelines for preschool children.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (2019): 5146. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16245146.
  • Zheng, C., W. Y. Huang & S. H. Wong. “Associations of weather conditions with adolescents’ daily physical activity, sedentary time, and sleep duration.” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 44.2 (2019): 1339-1344.
  • Sit, C. H. P., W. Y. Huang, J. Yu, T. L. McKenzie. “Accelerometer-assessed physical activity and sedentary time of children with disabilities: seasonal variation.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (2019): 3163. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16173163.
  • Huang, W. Y. & S. H. S. Wong. “Prospective associations between weekend catch-up sleep, physical activity, and childhood obesity.” Childhood Obesity 15.1 (2019): 40-47.
  • Huang, W. Y., S. H. S. Wong, C. H. P. Sit, M. C. S. Wong, R. K. W. Sum, S. W. S. Wong & J. J. Yu. “Results of the Hong Kong’s 2018 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth.” Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness 17.1 (2019): 14-19.
  • Suen, Y. N., E. Cerin, A. Barnett, W. Y. Huang & R. R. Mellecker. “Associations of socio-demographic, family, and neighborhood factors with physical activity-related parenting practices among Hong Kong preschoolers’ parents.” Maternal and Child Health Journal 23.5 (2019):678-691.
  • Shi, Y., W. Y. Huang, J. J. Yu, S. Sheridan, C. H. P. Sit & S. H. Wong. “Compliance and practical utility of continuous wearing of activPALTM in adolescents.” Pediatric Exercise Science 31.3 (2019): 363-369.
  • Aubert, S., J. D. Barnes, C. Abdeta, P. A. Nader, A. F. Adeniyi, N. Aguilar-Farias, D. S. A. Tenesaca, J. Bhawra, J. Brazo-Sayavera, G. Cardon, C. K. Chang, C. D. Nyström, Y. Demetriou, C. E. Draper, L. Edwards, A. Emeljanovas, A. Gába, K. I. Galaviz, S. A. González, M. Herrera-Cuenca & W. Y. Huang. “Global Matrix 3.0 Physical Activity Report Card grades for children and youth: results and analysis from 49 countries.” Journal of Physical Activity & Health 15.S2 (2018): S251-S273.
  • Aubert, S., J. D. Barnes, N. Aguilar-Farias, G. Cardon, C. K. Chang, C. Delisle Nyström, Y. Demetriou, L. Edwards, A. Emeljanovas, A. Gába & W. Y. Huang. “Report Card Grades on the Physical Activity of children and youth comparing 30 very high human development index countries.” Journal of Physical Activity & Health 15.S2 (2018): S298-S314.
  • Huang, W. Y., S. H. Wong & G. He. “Is a change to active travel to school an important source of physical activity for Chinese children?” Pediatric Exercise Science 29 (2017): 161-168.
  • Suen, Y., E. Cerin, A. Barnett, W. Y. Huang & R. R. Mellecker. “Development of physical activity-related parenting practices scales for urban Chinese parents of pre-schoolers: confirmatory factor analysis and reliability.” Journal of Physical Activity & Health 14.9 (2017): 692-700.
  • Sit, C. H. P., T. L. McKenzie, E. Cerin, B. Chow, W. Y. Huang & J. Yu. “Physical activity and sedentary time among children with different disabilities at school.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49.2 (2017): 292-297.
  • Huang, W. Y., S. H. Wong, M. C. S. Wong, C. H. P. Sit, R. K. W. Sum & G. He. “Results from the Hong Kong 2016 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth.” Journal of Physical Activity & Health 13.Suppl 2 (2016): S169-S175.
  • Huang, W. Y., S. H. Wong, G. He & J. Salmon. “Isotemporal substitution analysis for sedentary behavior and body mass index.” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 48.11 (2016): 2135-2141.
  • Huang, W. Y. & S. H. Wong. “Time use clusters in children and their associations with sociodemographic factors.” Journal of Public Health 38.2 (2016): e106-e113.
  • Wong, S. H., W. Y. Huang, W. Y. (Corresponding Author) & G. He. “Longitudinal changes in objectively measured physical activity differ for weekdays and weekends among Chinese children in Hong Kong.” BMC Public Health 15.1 (2015): 1310.