Conjoint Lecturer

Dr Yuan Li

Public Health Practitioner

 

Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

Yuan Li works in The George Institute for Global Health, China as the leader of nutrition and lifestyle program. She is a conjoint lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

Yuan Li holds a doctor and master of preventive medicine degree awarded by Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC). During her training for PhD from 2001 to 2007, she was actively involved in the international collaborative cohort, China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) and did the research on the trend of obesity in Chinese residents.

After then, Dr. Li worked in the Disease Control and Prevention institutions for around ten years. During her stay in the Division of Non-communicable Disease Control and Community Health at CCDC from 2010 to 2016, she completed many national projects on chronic disease prevention and organized a series of research on the promotion and evaluation of healthy lifestyle activities. In 2011, she acquired the associate professor qualification identified by the Ministry of Health, China.

In 2017, Yuan Li joined The George Institute China. Her current research focused on nutrition and chronic disease prevention, particularly salt reduction in China, and mobile health as well.

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Du W; Wang H; Zhang J; Zhang X; Wei N; Li Y; Tan M; Zhang P; He FJ, 2022, 'Sodium content of restaurant dishes in China: a cross-sectional survey', Nutrition Journal, vol. 21, pp. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12937-022-00762-4
    Journal articles | 2022
    Fan F; Li Y; Li L; Nie X; Zhang P; Li Y; Luo R; Zhang G; Wang L; He FJ, 2022, 'Salt-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors and Their Relationship with 24-Hour Urinary Sodium Excretion in Chinese Adults.', Nutrients, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu14204404
    Journal articles | 2022
    He FJ; Zhang P; Li Y; Macgregor GA, 2022, 'Can children play a role in reducing families' salt intake?', The BMJ, vol. 376, pp. o381, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o381
    Journal articles | 2022
    He FJ; Zhang P; Luo R; Li Y; Sun Y; Chen F; Zhao Y; Zhao W; Li D; Chen H; Wu T; Yao J; Lou C; Zhou S; Dong L; Liu Y; Li X; He J; Wang C; Tan M; Song J; MacGregor GA, 2022, 'App based education programme to reduce salt intake (AppSalt) in schoolchildren and their families in China: Parallel, cluster randomised controlled trial', The BMJ, vol. 376, pp. e066982, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2021-066982
    Journal articles | 2022
    Hu X; Li L; Ouyang Y; Hu H; Guan F; Wang H; Wang L; Li Y; Zhang B; Guo C; Wang Z, 2022, '[Trends of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged 7-17 in 16 provinces of China from 2000 to 2018].', Wei Sheng Yan Jiu, vol. 51, pp. 568 - 573, http://dx.doi.org/10.19813/j.cnki.weishengyanjiu.2022.04.012
    Journal articles | 2022
    Li Y; Wang H; Zhang P; Popkin BM; Coyle DH; Ding J; Dong L; Zhang J; Du W; Pettigrew S, 2022, 'Nutritional Quality of Pre-Packaged Foods in China under Various Nutrient Profile Models', Nutrients, vol. 14, pp. 2700 - 2700, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu14132700
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ramani-Chander A; Joshi R; Van Olmen J; Wouters E; Delobelle P; Vedanthan R; Miranda JJ; Oldenburg B; Sherwood S; Rawal LB; Mash RJ; Irazola VE; Martens M; Lazo-Porras M; Liu H; Agarwal G; Waqa G; Marcolino MS; Esandi ME; Ribeiro ALP; Probandari A; González-Salazar F; Shrestha A; Sujarwoto S; Levitt N; Paredes M; Sugishita T; Batal M; Li Y; Haghparast-Bidgoli H; Naanyu V; He FJ; Zhang P; Mfinanga SG; De Neve JW; Daivadanam M; Siddiqi K; Geldsetzer P; Klipstein-Grobusch K; Huffman MD; Webster J; Ojji D; Beratarrechea A; Tian M; Postma M; Owolabi MO; Birungi J; Antonietti L; Ortiz Z; Patel A; Peiris D; Schouw D; Koot J; Nakamura K; Tampubolon G; Thrift AG, 2022, 'Applying systems thinking to identify enablers and challenges to scale-up interventions for hypertension and diabetes in low-income and middle-income countries: Protocol for a longitudinal mixed-methods study', BMJ Open, vol. 12, pp. e053122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-053122
    Journal articles | 2022
    Sun Y; Li Y; He FJ; Liu H; Sun J; Luo R; Guo C; Zhang P, 2022, 'Process Evaluation of an Application-Based Salt Reduction Intervention in School Children and Their Families (AppSalt) in China: A Mixed-Methods Study', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 10, pp. 744881, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.744881
    Journal articles | 2021
    Guan FX; Hu X; Hu HJ; Ouyang YF; Wang LS; Li Y; Yang C; Guo CL; Wang HJ; Zhang B, 2021, '[Multi-level scanning of environmental factors of body mass index of children and adolescents aged 7-17 years in China].', Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi, vol. 42, pp. 1790 - 1796, http://dx.doi.org/10.3760/cma.j.cn112338-20210303-00168
    Journal articles | 2021
    Li Y; Sun Y; Li X; Dong L; Cheng F; Luo R; Wang C; Song J; He FJ; Macgregor GA; Zhang P, 2021, 'Sodium and potassium excretion of schoolchildren and relationship with their family excretion in China', Nutrients, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu13082864
    Journal articles | 2021
    Liu M; Xu JW; Li Y; Zhang PH; Bai YM; Ji N; Wang SQ; Wu J, 2021, '24 hours urinary sodium and potassium excretion and association with blood pressure among people aged 18-75 years old in six Chinese provinces', Zhonghua yu fang yi xue za zhi [Chinese journal of preventive medicine], vol. 55, pp. 1299 - 1304, http://dx.doi.org/10.3760/cma.j.cn112150-20210222-00171
    Journal articles | 2021
    Song Y; Li Y; Guo C; Wang Y; Huang L; Tan M; He FJ; Harris T; MacGregor GA; Ding J; Dong L; Liu Y; Wang H; Zhang P; Ma Y, 2021, 'Cross-sectional comparisons of sodium content in processed meat and fish products among five countries: Potential for feasible targets and reformulation', BMJ Open, vol. 11, pp. e046412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046412
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sun Y; Luo R; Li Y; He FJ; Tan M; MacGregor GA; Liu H; Zhang P, 2021, 'App-based salt reduction intervention in school children and their families (AppSalt) in China: Protocol for a mixed methods process evaluation', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 10, pp. e19430, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/19430
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sun Y; Zhang P; Li Y; He FJ; Wu J; Xu J; Zhang X; Li X; Song J, 2021, 'Association of sodium, potassium and sodium-to-potassium ratio with urine albumin excretion among the general chinese population', Nutrients, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu13103456
    Journal articles | 2021
    Xu JW; Liu M; Wang SQ; Li Y; Zhang PH; Bai YM; Ji N; Wu J, 2021, 'Prevalence and influencing factors of microalbuminuria among general population aged from 18 to 75 years old in 6 provinces of China', Chinese Journal of Disease Control and Prevention, vol. 25, pp. 1164 - 1168, http://dx.doi.org/10.16462/j.cnki.zhjbkz.2021.10.009
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ding J; Sun Y; Li Y; He J; Sinclair H; Du W; Wang H; Zhang P, 2020, 'Systematic review on international salt reduction policy in restaurants', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249570
    Journal articles | 2020
    Du W; Zhang J; Li Y; He FJ; Zhou X; Xu Z; Gao Y; Yin L; Chang X; Yan W; Tan M; MacGregor GA; Luo R; Zhang P; Wang H, 2020, 'Restaurant interventions for salt reduction in China: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial', BMJ Open, vol. 10, pp. e038744, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038744
    Journal articles | 2020
    Li Y; Zhang P; Wu J; Ma J; Xu J; Zhang X; Luo R; Liu M; Sun Y; Li X; Tan M; He FJ; Macgregor GA; Li X, 2020, 'Twenty-four-hour urinary sodium and potassium excretion and their associations with blood pressure among adults in China: Baseline survey of action on salt china', Hypertension, vol. 76, pp. 1580 - 1588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.15238
    Journal articles | 2020
    Sun Y; Luo R; Li Y; He FJ; Tan M; MacGregor GA; Liu H; Zhang P, 2020, 'App-Based Salt Reduction Intervention in School Children and Their Families (AppSalt) in China: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Process Evaluation (Preprint)', , http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.19430
    Journal articles | 2020
    Xu J; Tang B; Liu M; Bai Y; Yan W; Zhou X; Xu Z; He J; Jin D; Sun J; Li Y; He FJ; Macgregor GA; Wu J; Zhang P, 2020, 'A town level comprehensive intervention study to reduce salt intake in China: Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial', BMJ Open, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032976
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zhang P; He FJ; Li Y; Li C; Wu J; Ma J; Zhang B; Wang H; Li Y; Han J; Luo R; He J; Li X; Liu Y; Wang C; Tan M; MacGregor GA; Li X, 2020, 'Reducing salt intake in China with “Action on salt China” (ASC): Protocol for campaigns and randomized controlled trials', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 9, pp. e15933, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/15933
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zhang X; Hu X; Ma J; Zhang P; Li Y; Luo R; He FJ; MacGregor GA; Wang J; Yin Z, 2020, 'Cluster randomised controlled trial of home cook intervention to reduce salt intake in China: A protocol study', BMJ Open, vol. 10, pp. e033842, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033842
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ali SH; Luo R; Li Y; Liu X; Tang C; Zhang P, 2019, 'Application of mobile health technologies aimed at salt reduction: Systematic review', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/13250
    Journal articles | 2019
    He FJ; Puhong Z; Luo R; Li Y; Chen F; Zhao Y; Zhao W; Li D; Chen H; Wu T; Yao J; Li J; Zhou S; Liu Y; Li X; Wang C; Macgregor GA, 2019, 'An Application-based programme to reinforce and maintain lower salt intake (AppSalt) in schoolchildren and their families in China', BMJ Open, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027793
    Journal articles | 2019
    Li Y; Ding J; Wang Y; Tang C; Zhang P, 2019, 'Nutrition-related mobile apps in the China App Store: Assessment of functionality and quality', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/13261
    Journal articles | 2019
    Li Y; Pan Y; Wu X; Li Y; Wang H; Zhu H; Jiang L, 2019, 'Dual-modality imaging of atherosclerotic plaques using ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide labeled with rhodamine', Nanomedicine, vol. 14, pp. 1935 - 1944, http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/nnm-2019-0062
    Journal articles | 2019
    Tan M; He FJ; Ding J; Li Y; Zhang P; Macgregor GA, 2019, 'Salt content of sauces in the UK and China: Cross-sectional surveys', BMJ Open, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025623
    Journal articles | 2019
    Zhang P; He FJ; Li Y; Li C; Wu J; Ma J; Zhang B; Wang H; Li Y; Han J; Luo R; He J; Li X; Liu Y; Wang C; Tan M; MacGregor GA; Li X, 2019, 'Reducing Salt Intake in China with “Action on Salt China” (ASC): Protocol for Campaigns and Randomized Controlled Trials (Preprint)', Journal of Medical Internet Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/preprints.15933
    Journal articles | 2018
    He FJ; Zhang P; Li Y; MacGregor GA, 2018, 'Action on Salt China', The Lancet, vol. 392, pp. 7 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31138-3
    Journal articles | 2018
    He Y; Huang L; Yan S; Li Y; Lu L; Wang H; Niu W; Zhang P, 2018, 'Awareness, understanding and use of sodium information labelled on pre-packaged food in Beijing:a cross-sectional study', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5396-7
    Journal articles | 2018
    Li Y; Luo R; Zhang PH, 2018, '[Progress on salt reduction and prevention of chronic non-communicable disease].', Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi, vol. 52, pp. 757 - 761, http://dx.doi.org/10.3760/cma.j.issn.0253-9624.2018.07.016
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zhang P; He FJ; Li Y; Ma J; Wu J; Wang H; Li Y; Han J; Luo R; Wang Y; Liu Y; McGregor GA, 2018, 'Salt reduction in China: from evidence to action', The Lancet, vol. 392, pp. S29 - S29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(18)32658-8
    Journal articles | 2016
    LI Y; WANG JL; ZHANG XC; LIU D; SHI WH; LIANG XF; WU J, 2016, 'Effectiveness of Adherence to Standardized Hypertension Management by Primary Health Care Workers in China: a Cross-sectional Survey 3 Years after the Healthcare Reform', Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, vol. 29, pp. 915 - 921, http://dx.doi.org/10.3967/bes2016.123
    Journal articles | 2015
    Qi X; Wang Y; Xia L; Meng Y; Li Y; Yu S; Su X; Jin S; Li Y; Ge H; Zhang Y; Zhuang D; Ma J, 2015, 'Cross-sectional survey on public health informatics workforce in China: Issues, developments and the future', Public Health, vol. 129, pp. 1459 - 1464, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.03.002
    Journal articles | 2015
    Zhang J; Guo XL; Seo DC; Xu AQ; Xun PC; Ma JX; Shi XM; Li N; Yan LX; Li Y; Lu ZL; Zhang JY; Tang JL; Ren J; Zhao WH; Liang XF, 2015, 'Inaccuracy of self-reported low sodium diet among chinese: Findings from baseline survey for shandong & ministry of health action on salt and hypertension (SMASH) project', Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, vol. 28, pp. 161 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.3967/bes2015.022
    Journal articles | 2014
    Li Y; Ren D; Ding P; Zhang Q; Zhang J; Shi W; Wu J; Shi X; Liang X, 2014, 'Evaluation on programs regarding the community-based management of hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in eight provinces, China', Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi, vol. 35, pp. 35 - 39
    Journal articles | 2014
    Zhang J; Astell-Burt T; Seo DC; Feng X; Kong L; Zhao W; Li N; Li Y; Yu S; Feng G; Ren D; Lv Y; Wang J; Shi X; Liang X; Chen C, 2014, 'Multilevel evaluation of 'China Healthy Lifestyles for All', a nationwide initiative to promote lower intakes of salt and edible oil', Preventive Medicine, vol. 67, pp. 210 - 215, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.019
    Journal articles | 2013
    Li Y; Zhang J; Shi XM; Liang XF, 2013, 'A cross-sectional survey on the efficacy of 'China Healthy Lifestyle for All' in 2012', Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi, vol. 34, pp. 869 - 873
    Journal articles | 2013
    Zhang J; Xu AQ; Ma JX; Shi XM; Guo XL; Engelgau M; Yan LX; Li Y; Li YC; Wang HC; Lu ZL; Zhang JY; Liang XF, 2013, 'Dietary Sodium Intake: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Shandong Province, China, 2011', PLoS ONE, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0058973
    Journal articles | 2007
    Li Y; Zhai F; He YN; Yu D, 2007, 'Survey on the status of dietary vitamin a intakes in Chinese residents', Wei sheng yan jiu = Journal of hygiene research, vol. 36, pp. 200 - 202
    Journal articles | 2007
    Li Y; Zhai F; Wang H; Wang Z; et al , 2007, 'A four-year prospective study of the relationship between body mass index and waist circumstances and hypertension in Chinese adults', Wei sheng yan jiu = Journal of hygiene research, vol. 36, pp. 478 - 480
    Journal articles | 2005
    Zhai FY; He YN; Ma GS; Li YP; Wang ZH; Hu YS; Zhao LY; Cui ZH; Li Y; Yang XG, 2005, 'Study on the current status and trend of food consumption among Chinese population', Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi, vol. 26, pp. 485 - 488
    Journal articles | 2001
    Zhao L; Zhai F; Li D; Li Y, 2001, 'A survey on the effects of "Dietary Guideline" nutrition education project', Wei sheng yan jiu = Journal of hygiene research, vol. 30, pp. 176 - 179
    Journal articles | 1999
    He Y; Zhai F; Li Y; Jia F, 1999, 'Effect of nutrition on the health improvement of preschool children in rural areas', Wei sheng yan jiu = Journal of hygiene research, vol. 28, pp. 172 - 175
  • Conference Posters | 2018
    Li Y; Ding J; Wang Y; Tang C; Zhang P, 2018, 'The Functionality and Quality of Mobile Applications with Dietary Guidance Content in China', Hong Kong, China, presented at The 7th Asian Congress of Dietetics, Hong Kong, China, 06 July 2018 - 08 July 2018

1. NIHR Global Health Research Unit, UK (Project number 16/136/77)

Project name: Action on Salt China (ASC) at Queen Mary University of London

Funding Cost: 6.6 Million Pounds, 06/2017-03/2021

Role: principal researcher

 

2. Ministry of Science and Technology, China (Project number: 2016YFC1300205)

Project name: Smart Diet technology development and application

Funding Cost: 1 Million RMB, 01/2017- 12/2020

Role: principal researcher

 

3. QUALCOMM for China Center for mHealth Innovation

Project name FoodSwitch China

Funding Cost: 100,000 USD/year, 01/2015- 12/2018

Role: principal researcher

 

Yuan Li was awarded the Third Award of China Medical Science and Technology Award in 2017 due to her contribution to the program “Healthy Lifestyle for All”

 

1. Action on Salt China

Salt reduction lowers blood pressure and reduces cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack and heart failure. Research has shown that if people reduced their salt intake by 15% it could prevent 8.5 million cardiovascular deaths over 10 years in 23 developing countries and result in major cost savings. The UK has reduced salt by 15% from 2003 to 2011 due to a successful salt reduction program leading by Professor Graham MacGregor, Chair of both Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) and World Action on Salt and Health (WASH). WASH has helped many countries develop a salt reduction strategy.

China is the largest developing country with one fifth of the world’s population. Due to Chinese traditional cooking and dining habits, salt intake in China is very high and about 80% of the salt is added by the consumer to food. Hypertension and strokes which are often directly related to high salt intake are among the highest in the world. Salt reduction is one of most cost-effective health strategies to lower population blood pressure and prevent the development of hypertension.

Following the success of CASH and WASH, Queen Mary University of London joined with the George Institute for Global Health China and Chinese health authorities, including the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Centre for Health Education and China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment for developing the program, “Action on Salt China” (ASC). ASC program was funded by UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The aim is to develop and implement a comprehensive and sustainable salt reduction program, especially focusing on home cooking, and restaurant and pre-packaged foods. The goal is to achieve a 15% reduction by 2021 and 30% reduction by 2025.

 

2. FoodSwitch China

FoodSwitch is a free smartphone application designed by The George Institute for Global Health to support healthier food choices and prevent diet-related ill health. It is already available and popular in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The goal is to empower individuals to make healthier food choices by providing access to information and innovative tools.

China’s rapid economic and social development means a dramatic increase in the consumption of packaged foods. Although there are policies and regulations about food nutrition labeling in China, current nutritional labels can be difficult for consumers to choose much healthier food products. FoodSwitch China aims to provide a simplified approach and more help by using advanced mobile technology.

 

3. Smart diet technology development and application (Smart Diet)

SmartDiet is a sub-study of a national program on the study of key technologies and strategies of nutritional and behavioral intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The aim is to develop an integrated smartphone app (smart diet) using the database that will allow users to record their daily food intake by scanning the barcode of the food (barcoded foods) or simply the image of the food (non-barcoded food) as well as their daily physical activity so that to monitor the energy balance of the users and to provide advice on diet and physical activities.