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6236 - Program of Exercise Science Purchases The Bod Pod

6236 - December 9, 2011

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.

View the informational video (Malone University's protocol utilizes the TGB predicted method, as explained in the video):


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

Fee structure:

Community:    $25 per test

Faculty/Staff:  $20 per test

Students:         $15 per test

Group rates and multiple test packages are available


Steve Wirick                                                               Chris Watson

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science                     Head Athletic Trainer / Adjunct Faculty

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Timken Science 231 B                                                Osborne Hall 13 A

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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