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Zenong Yin
Title Professor
Faculty Rank
Degree Ph.D.
Institution University of Texas at San Antonio
Department Kinesiology
Clusters Other
1 UTSA Cir
City San Antonio
State TX
Postal Code 78249
Telephone (210) 458-5650
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  Dr. Zenong Yin is the Loretta J. Lowak Clarke Distinguished Professor in Health and Kinesiology in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Dr. Yin was a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics-Georgia Prevention Institute, the Medical College of Georgia from 2001 to 2005. He received his BEd-Physical Education in Beijing Sports University, Beijing, China and received his MA in Physical Education with a specialization in the Administration of Physical Education and Sports and PhD in Physical Education with a specialization in Sport Psychology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA. He has published over 70 peer reviewed article and given over 200 professional research presentations in public health, education, and sport and exercise psychology since 1991. Currently, Dr. Yin teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in Health and Kinesiology, and conducts research on school- and community-based physical activity and nutrition interventions for the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes in low-income and minority children and adults.

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2017Obesity Prevention in Head Start: The Miranos! Program5R01DK109323-02
2016Obesity Prevention in Head Start: The Miranos! Program1R01DK109323-01A1
2011Mujeres Interesadas en Cambios por la Salud (MI CASA)5R34DK084203-02
2010Mujeres Interesadas en Cambios por la Salud (MI CASA)1R34DK084203-01A1

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1. Yin Z, Perry J, Duan X, He M, Johnson R, Feng Y, Strand M. Cultural adaptation of an evidence-based lifestyle intervention for diabetes prevention in Chinese women at risk for diabetes: results of a randomized trial. Int Health. 2018 Feb 13.
2. Zhou Z, Xi Y, Zhang F, Lu Q, Zhang F, Huang D, Ren H, Wang K, Yin Z. Sedentary Behavior Predicts Changes in Cardiometabolic Risk in Professional Workers: A One-Year Prospective Study. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Apr; 58(4):e117-23.
3. Sosa ET, Parra-Medina D, He M, Trummer V, Yin Z. ¡Miranos! (Look at Us! We Are Healthy!): Home-Based and Parent Peer-Led Childhood Obesity Prevention. Health Promot Pract. 2016 09; 17(5):675-81.
4. Dolash K, He M, Yin Z, Sosa ET. Factors That Influence Park Use and Physical Activity in Predominantly Hispanic and Low-Income Neighborhoods. J Phys Act Health. 2015 Apr; 12(4):462-9.
5. He M, Wilmoth S, Bustos D, Jones T, Leeds J, Yin Z. Latino church leaders' perspectives on childhood obesity prevention. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Mar; 44(3 Suppl 3):S232-9.
6. Yin Z, Parra-Medina D, Cordova A, He M, Trummer V, Sosa E, Gallion KJ, Sintes-Yallen A, Huang Y, Wu X, Acosta D, Kibbe D, Ramirez A. Míranos! Look at us, we are healthy! An environmental approach to early childhood obesity prevention. Child Obes. 2012 Oct; 8(5):429-39.
7. Yin Z, Moore JB, Johnson MH, Vernon MM, Grimstvedt M, Gutin B. Micro- and macro-level correlates of adiposity in children. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012 Sep-Oct; 18(5):445-52.
8. Yin Z, Moore JB, Johnson MH, Vernon MM, Gutin B. The impact of a 3-year after-school obesity prevention program in elementary school children. Child Obes. 2012 Feb; 8(1):60-70.
9. Jago R, Drews KL, McMurray RG, Thompson D, Volpe SL, Moe EL, Jakicic JM, Pham TH, Bruecker S, Blackshear TB, Yin Z. Fatness, fitness, and cardiometabolic risk factors among sixth-grade youth. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Aug; 42(8):1502-10.
10. Marcus MD, Baranowski T, DeBar LL, Edelstein S, Kaufman FR, Schneider M, Siega-Riz AM, Staten MA, Virus A, Yin Z. Severe obesity and selected risk factors in a sixth grade multiracial cohort: the HEALTHY study. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Dec; 47(6):604-7.
11. Garcia-Dominic O, Wray LA, Ledikwe JH, Mitchell DC, Ventura AK, Hernandez AE, Yin Z, Trevino RP, Ulbrecht JS. Accuracy of self-reported energy intakes in low-income urban 4th grade minority children. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Nov; 18(11):2220-6.
12. Grimstvedt ME, Kerr J, Oswalt SB, Fogt DL, Vargas-Tonsing TM, Yin Z. Using signage to promote stair use on a university campus in hidden and visible stairwells. J Phys Act Health. 2010 Mar; 7(2):232-8.
13. Shores KA, Moore JB, Yin Z. An examination of triple jeopardy in rural youth physical activity participation. J Rural Health. 2010; 26(4):352-60.
14. HEALTHY study rationale, design and methods: moderating risk of type 2 diabetes in multi-ethnic middle school students. Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Aug; 33 Suppl 4:S4-20.
15. Venditti EM, Elliot DL, Faith MS, Firrell LS, Giles CM, Goldberg L, Marcus MD, Schneider M, Solomon S, Thompson D, Yin Z. Rationale, design and methods of the HEALTHY study behavior intervention component. Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Aug; 33 Suppl 4:S44-51.
16. Dennison DA, Yin Z, Kibbe D, Burns S, Trowbridge F. Training health care professionals to manage overweight adolescents: experience in rural Georgia communities. J Rural Health. 2008; 24(1):55-9.
17. Gutin B, Yin Z, Johnson M, Barbeau P. Preliminary findings of the effect of a 3-year after-school physical activity intervention on fitness and body fat: the Medical College of Georgia Fitkid Project. Int J Pediatr Obes. 2008; 3 Suppl 1:3-9.
18. Moore JB, Davis CL, Baxter SD, Lewis RD, Yin Z. Physical activity, metabolic syndrome, and overweight in rural youth. J Rural Health. 2008; 24(2):136-42.
19. Moore JB, Hanes JC, Barbeau P, Gutin B, Treviño RP, Yin Z. Validation of the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children in children of different races. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2007 Feb; 19(1):6-19.
20. Love AS, Yin Z, Codina E, Zapata JT. Ethnic identity and risky health behaviors in school-age Mexican-American children. Psychol Rep. 2006 Jun; 98(3):735-44.
21. Nichols-English GJ, Lemmon CR, Litaker MS, Cartee SG, Yin Z, Gutin B, Barbeau P. Relations of black mothers' and daughters' body fatness, physical activity beliefs and behavior. Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(1):172-9.
22. Yin Z, Gutin B, Johnson MH, Hanes J, Moore JB, Cavnar M, Thornburg J, Moore D, Barbeau P. An environmental approach to obesity prevention in children: Medical College of Georgia FitKid Project year 1 results. Obes Res. 2005 Dec; 13(12):2153-61.
23. Yin Z, Moore JB, Johnson MH, Barbeau P, Cavnar M, Thornburg J, Gutin B. The Medical College of Georgia Fitkid project: the relations between program attendance and changes in outcomes in year 1. Int J Obes (Lond). 2005 Sep; 29 Suppl 2:S40-5.
24. Davis CL, Flickinger B, Moore D, Bassali R, Domel Baxter S, Yin Z. Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in schoolchildren in a rural Georgia community. Am J Med Sci. 2005 Aug; 330(2):53-9.
25. Gutin B, Yin Z, Humphries MC, Bassali R, Le NA, Daniels S, Barbeau P. Relations of body fatness and cardiovascular fitness to lipid profile in black and white adolescents. Pediatr Res. 2005 Jul; 58(1):78-82.
26. Yin Z, Hanes J, Moore JB, Humbles P, Barbeau P, Gutin B. An after-school physical activity program for obesity prevention in children: the Medical College of Georgia FitKid Project. Eval Health Prof. 2005 Mar; 28(1):67-89.
27. Yin Z, Davis CL, Moore JB, Treiber FA. Physical activity buffers the effects of chronic stress on adiposity in youth. Ann Behav Med. 2005 Feb; 29(1):29-36.
28. Gutin B, Yin Z, Humphries MC, Hoffman WH, Gower B, Barbeau P. Relations of fatness and fitness to fasting insulin in black and white adolescents. J Pediatr. 2004 Dec; 145(6):737-43.
29. Treviño RP, Yin Z, Hernandez A, Hale DE, Garcia OA, Mobley C. Impact of the Bienestar school-based diabetes mellitus prevention program on fasting capillary glucose levels: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004 Sep; 158(9):911-7.
30. Yin Z, Moore JB. Re-examining the role of interscholastic sport participation in education. Psychol Rep. 2004 Jun; 94(3 Pt 2):1447-54.
31. Baxter SD, Thompson WO, Smith AF, Litaker MS, Yin Z, Frye FH, Guinn CH, Baglio ML, Shaffer NM. Reverse versus forward order reporting and the accuracy of fourth-graders' recalls of school breakfast and school lunch. Prev Med. 2003 May; 36(5):601-14.
32. Yin Z. Setting for exercise and concerns about body appearance of women who exercise. Percept Mot Skills. 2001 Dec; 93(3):851-5.
33. Yin Z, Boyd MP. Behavioral and cognitive correlates of exercise self-schemata. J Psychol. 2000 May; 134(3):269-82.
34. Newton M, Duda JL, Yin Z. Examination of the psychometric properties of the perceived motivational climate in sport questionnaire-2 in a sample of female athletes. J Sports Sci. 2000 Apr; 18(4):275-90.
35. Ryska TA, Yin Z. Dispositional and situational goal orientations as discriminators among recreational and competitive league athletes. J Soc Psychol. 1999 Jun; 139(3):335-42.
36. Yin Z, Ryska TA. Perceived competence, social anxiety about physique, and enjoyment in testing situations among groups of mixed sex and girls only. Psychol Rep. 1999 Apr; 84(2):381-5.
37. Valdez A, Cepeda A, Kaplan CD, Yin Z. The legal importation of prescription drugs into the United States from Mexico: a study of Customs declaration forms. Subst Use Misuse. 1998 Oct; 33(12):2485-97.
38. Zapata JT, Katims DS, Yin Z. A two-year study of patterns and predictors of substance use among Mexican American youth. Adolescence. 1998; 33(130):391-403.
39. Valdez A, Yin Z, Kaplan CD. A comparison of alcohol, drugs, and aggressive crime among Mexican-American, black, and white male arrestees in Texas. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 1997 May; 23(2):249-65.
40. Katims DS, Zapata JT, Yin Z. Risk factors for substance use by Mexican American youth with and without learning disabilities. J Learn Disabil. 1996 Mar; 29(2):213-9.
41. Boyd MP, Yin Z. Cognitive-affective sources of sport enjoyment in adolescent sport participants. Adolescence. 1996; 31(122):383-95.
42. Valdez A, Kaplan CD, Curtis RL, Yin Z. Illegal drug use, alcohol and aggressive crime among Mexican-American and white male arrestees in San Antonio. J Psychoactive Drugs. 1995 Apr-Jun; 27(2):135-43.

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