department of kinesiology

25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881


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Furong Xu

Furong Xu
  • Associate Professor
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Phone: 401.874.2412
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  • Mailing Address: Independence Square, RM 215


Dr. Furong Xu’s research focuses on ways and strategies lead to an increased physical activity participation in different age groups and beneficial effects of physical exercise.  Dr. Xu also studies the factors associated with physical activity opportunities and behavioral choices of physical activity.  Her research encompasses the fields of physical activity assessment and lifetime physical activity.


Lifetime Physical Activity; Physical Activity Assessment; Curriculum and Instruction; Physical Education Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology (Physical Education and Sport Studies), University of Georgia
  • B.S., Physical Education, East China Normal University



MacNab, L., Francis, S.L., Lofgren, I.E., Violette, C., Shelley, M.C., Delmonico, M.J., & Xu, F. (in press). Factors influencing dietary intake frequencies and nutritional risk among community-residing older adults. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Renna, E.N., Slezak, S.G., Mahoney, K.B., Lofgren, I.E., Hatfield, D., Delmonico, M.J. & Xu, F. (in press). The relationship between arthritis and muscular strength in older women with symptoms of sarcopenia. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice.

Xu, F., Liu, W., Chepyator-Thomson, J. R., & Schmidlein, R. (in press). Relations of physical activity and stress vulnerability in university students. College Student Journal.

Xu, F., Marchand, S., Corcoran, C., DiBiasio, H., Clough, R., Dyer, C.S., Nobles, J., White, J., Greaney, M.L. & Greene, G.W. (2017). A community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention for children who are overweight or obese and their caregivers. Journal of Obesity, 2017, 1-9. doi:10.1155/2017/2746595

Slezak, S.G., Mahoney, K.B., Renna, E.N., Lofgren, I.E., Xu, F., Hatfield, D.L. & Delmonico, M.J. (2017). Comparison of current sarcopenia classification criteria in older New England women. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 6, 163-167. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2017.21

Xu, F., Greaney, M., Marchand, S., Baruch, J., Corcoran, C., DiBiasio, H., Riebe, D., & Greene, G. (2017). The Impact of a community-based childhood obesity prevention program on children’s physical activity and fitness. Journal of Physical Activity Research, 2(1), 44-49. doi:10.12691/jpar-2-1-8

Xu, F., Delmonico, M.J., Lofgren, I.E., Uy, K.M., Maris, S.A., Quintanilla, D., Taetzsch, A., Letendre, J., & Mahler, L. (2017). Effect of a combined Tai Chi, resistance training and dietary intervention on cognitive function in obese older women. Journal of Frailty and Aging, 6(3), 167-171.

LoBuono, D., Taetzsch, A. G., Lofgren, I. E., Xu, F., Delmonico, M. J., & Mahler, L. (2016). Cognitive status and cardio-metabolic risk of patients with acquired brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. Disability and Health Journal, 9(1), 134-139. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.06.001

Taetzsch, A., Quintanilla, D., Maris, S.A., Letendre, J., Picard, A., Mahler, L., Xu, F., Delmonico, M.J. & Lofgren, I.E. (2015). Impact on diet quality and physical resilience in community dwelling obese women with nutrition and physical activity intervention. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 4(2), 102-108.

Xu, F., Letendre, J., Bekke, J., Beebe, N., Mahler, L., Lofgren, I.E., & Delmonico, M.J. (2015). The effects of Tai Chi plus behaviorally-based dietary weight loss on physical functioning and coronary heart disease risk factors in community-dwelling obese older women. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 34(1), 50-65. doi:10.1080/21551197.2014.1003672

Maris, S.A., Quintanilla, D., Taetzsch, A., Picard, A., Letendre, J., Mahler, L., Lofgren, I.E., Xu, F., & Delmonico, M.J. (2014). The combined effects of Tai Chi, resistance training, and diet on physical function and body composition in obese older women. Journal of Aging Research, 2014, 1-8. doi:10.1155/2014/657851

Beebe, N., Magnanti, S., Katkowski, L. A., Benson, M. C., Xu, F., Delmonico, M. J., & Lofgren, I. E. (2013). Effects of the addition of Tai Chi to a dietary weight loss program on lipoprotein atherogenicity in obese older women. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19, 759-766.

Katkowski, L.A., Benson, M.C., Magnanti, S., Lofgren, I.E., Xu, F., & Delmonico, M.J.(2013). Additive effective of Tai Chi during dietary weight loss on physical function and body composition in obese older women. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 2(1), 78-85.

Buckley, D.H., Ainsworth, M.M., DeMilia, N. Tanzi, S., Xu, F., Lamont, L.S.(2012). A diabetic adolescent case study: Use of a website in combination with an exercise program to increase physical activity. International Journal of Exercise Science, 5(3), 296-300.

Xu, F., Chepyator-Thomson, J. R., Liu, W., & Schmidlein, R.(2010). The Association between social and environment factors and physical activity opportunities in U.S. middle schools. European Physical Education Review, 16(2), 183-194.

Xu, F., Chepyator-Thomson, J. R., & Culp, B. (2010). School-based physical education programs and obesity in the United States: trends, rationalizations, and perspectives of change. Educational Research Journal (Hong Kong), 25(2), 241-262.

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