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Health, Fitness and Physical Activity

The objective of the research laboratory is to advance the knowledge and practice of exercise prescription and physical fitness to health and performance through quality research, so as to enhance the quality of life of human beings. Research focus lies in physical fitness (both health-related and performance-related) and physical activity investigations. Recent projects include Exercise-is-Medicine: promoting health of diabetes and hypertension patients through community exercise programme; Tai-chi and walking for mental health via EEG analysis; Taichi and walking for cardiovascular health and metabolic rate; Virtual Trainer: improving health through wearable technology, IT, and mobile technology; Asia-fit Study: comparison of fitness, obesity, and physical activity between 8 metropolitan cities in Asia; Yijinbang (易筋棒) exercise for improving shoulder pain; Evaluation of physical fitness and physical activity patterns of school students (primary & secondary); Development of physical fitness screening tests for pre-employment recruitment for Disciplinary Departments (Customs & Excise; Immigration; Correction Services, & Police); Community Fitness Evaluation and Sports-for-All Study on Sports Participation and Patterns of Hong Kong citizens supported by the Leisure and Cultural Service Department, etc.
Exercise Prescription & Promotion
Exercise Prescription & Promotion
  • Promoting exercise prescription to the special population through medical and fitness professionals
  • Physical and Health Promotion to the public
Health & Fitness Assessments
Health & Fitness Assessments
  • Validity and reliability evaluation of physical fitness testing protocols (e.g. PACER test, walking test, rope skipping test, skinfold measurements …etc) and physical activity measurements
  • Application of technology in fitness assessment and exercise promotion
  • Cross-sectional fitness surveys in schools and the local community
Key Projects
  • Exercise is Medicine: A Pilot Project at General Out-Patient Clinics in New Territories East Cluster and Related Training Programmes
  • Taichi and Walking For Mental Health: Application of EEG Analysis
  • Virtual Trainer for Improving Health and Fitness of Middle-aged Adults
  • Yijing Bang Exercise for Improving Shoulder Pain & Mobility
  • Community Fitness Survey
Key Facilities and Equipment
Metabolic Measuring Systems
  • COSMED K4B2 breath-by-breath portable Metabolic measuring system (Rome, Italy). There are two completed units
  • Treadmill, maximum elevation 25%, capable of handling 500 pounds of weight (SCIFIT, AC7000, Tulsa, USA)
  • 12-leads Electrocardiogram (EKG) (Quinton Q-stress, USA)
  • 32-channels Electroencephalogram (EEG) (EB-Neuro Be-Plus, Italy)
  • Monark Cycle-ergometers
  • Polar electronic heart-rate monitors (basics and advanced models with PC interface)
  • Motion and activity sensors, such as digital pedometers, CalTracks, TriTracks, Actigraph
Body Composition Measuring Systems
  • Hydrostatic Weighing (Underwater weighing) system, integrated with digital measuring scale and PC interface
  • Bod-PoD plethysmography body composition measury system
  • Bio-electrical impedance analysis scales (Tanita, TBF-543, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Anthropometry measuring equipments such as skinfold calipers (Harpenden, Lafayette, and Slimguide), Lafayette large and small anthropometers, stadiometers
Other Fitness Measuring Systems
  • Fit-lights (USA)
  • Electronic Isometric strength dynamometer (Takei Scientific Instruments Co. Ltd., T.K.K. 5102 Back D, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Electronic hand-grip dynamometer, (Takei Scientific Instruments Co. Ltd., T.K.K. 5101 Grip D, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Goniometers for flexibility and range-of-motion assessments (Lafayette Instrument Company, 01130, Layfayette, Indiana)
  • Flexometers for flexibility measurements
  • Sit-and-reach boxes for flexibility measurements
  • Curl-up testing boards
Our Team
PhD Students
Mr James Ho-pong WAN
Ms Carmen Ka-man CHEUNG, Project Coordinator II
+852 2851 8219
Ms Apple Wing-yan FUNG, Project Coordinator II (Fitness Training)
+852 2851 8209
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