Bod Pod measures body composition assessment

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Guest blog from Malone University.)

The Malone University Department of Natural Sciences – Program of Exercise Science announces that it is now offering state-of-the-art body composition assessment analysis to the general public. The Bod Pod is a highly accurate, safe, non-evasive tool that determines percentage of lean body mass and fat mass.

Body fat, rather than weight, is a better predictor of health, according to Donald D. Hensrud, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic. One’s body composition is a direct reflection of overall physical activity and nutritional habits. An accurate body composition analysis can identify important changes in lean mass components that a traditional scale cannot. Changes in body composition – which happen slowly over time – often occur without any change in weight. Unhealthy fat levels increase a person’s risk of hypertension, type II diabetes, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease, gall bladder disease, and certain cancers.

The Bod Pod provides proven accuracy using whole-body density measurement, using a dedicated computer system with data management capability. The system uses the principle of whole body densitometry to estimate the amount of fat and lean tissue in the body. Body composition is then estimated using known prediction equations based on age, gender, and race. Subjects as tall as 7 feet and as heavy as 500+ pounds can be measured in the Bod Pod. Total test time is approximately five minutes, with two minutes inside the Bod Pod.

Link to informational video (Malone University’s protocol utilizes the TGB predicted method, explained in the video):

More information about TGB can be found below.

Assessments are available by appointment. Contact the Body Composition Laboratory, Timken Science Hall, room 231, at Malone University, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

Fee structure is $15 per test for students, $20 for faculty and staff and $25 for community members.

Group rates and multiple test packages are available.

For information, call 330-471-8295 or 330-471-8297.

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Posted on December 28, 2011, in Personal blog and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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