About the Lab

The mission of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is to improve the health of Americans through empirical research, increasing public awareness, and policy advocacy on issues in relation to physical activity intervention, physical activity correlates, physical health, and disease prevention.

The mission will be achieved through:

  • Conducting empirical research on the effects of emerging technology-based physical activity interventions on individuals’ health behaviors

  • Assessing physical activity, physical fitness, movement skills, physical activity correlates, and body composition in the laboratory and field settings

  • Quantifying the impact of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and obesity on individuals’ health

  • Studying correlates of physical activity and sedentary behavior among various populations

  • Examining the dynamic relationships between children’s physical activity, physical activity correlates, health-related physical fitness, and obesity

  • Establishing an innovative physical activity intervention site using emerging technologies such as virtual reality and active video games

  • Investigating the potential of active video games as a solution of promoting individuals’ physical activity participation and physical fitness, enhancing movement skills, fostering cognitive and social development, as well as reducing obesity epidemics

  • Training highly qualified graduate students in the area of physical activity epidemiology to expand the research capacity in this area

The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is equipped with a variety of active video games, activity monitors and equipment including:

  • Active Video Game systems (4 Wii U, 8 Wii, 12 Xbox 360 Kinect, 3 Xbox One Kinect, 3 PS2 and DDR, 32 LeapTV, 1 PS4); 14 smart TVs

  • DDR stations

  • Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometers (n = 105), Actigraph Link accelerometers (n = 80), 10 Heart Rate Monitor

  • NL-1000 pedometer

  • Actical activity monitor

  • 35 Polar M400 Smart watches; Polar E600 Heart Rate Monitor

  • Portable Stadiometer, weight scales, medical scales 

  • 4 Computer workstations and 1 printer/copier/fax

  • Elliptical machine, treadmill, electronic bike, virzoom virtual reality bike

  • Ironman Segmental Body Composition Monitor

  • Automatic Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

  • FITNESSGRAM testing kit, TGMD-2 testing kit

  • Skinfold calipers for body composition assessment

  • DV Camcorders and digital cameras

  • Stopwatch

  • Micro-cassette Transcriber

  • ObserveWare Software

  • Portable LCD Projectors

  • NIH toolbox, iPads

Lab activities include qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, intervention development and design, evaluation of intervention outcomes and processes, and data analysis. A number of software are housed in the laboratory and used for research, teaching and service. They are installed on a network of computers to facilitate data processing and analyses. The computers are installed with SPSS, SAS, HLM, and SEM for statistical analyses, as well as Mendeley software for management of scientific references.





Wrestling World Champion Senlian Yang is playing Kinect Adventure games



Olympic Trampoline Champion Chunlong Lu sets record high



China Champions are taking class in the lab.