By Reginald Rogers, Martin Army Community Hospital Public Affairs /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – When the Army’s newest wellness center opens on Fort Benning Jan. 30, it will feature various tools to aid Soldiers, civilians and family members in their quest to become healthier.
One of these tools is the BOD POD, which measures body composition and allows wellness center staff members to see what percentage of a client’s weight is body fat or fat-free mass. Fat-free mass consists of bone, water, muscle and internal organs.
“The Army Wellness Center uses state of the art equipment to test body composition,” explained Shellea Owens, director of the Fort Benning AWC. “Body fat percentage is tested via BOD POD. The BOD POD is one of the most accurate forms of measuring body fat percentage using air displacement.
Owens said the assessment takes less than 10 minutes and is helpful for individuals who are not seeing a change on the scale.
“The change in the scale may not be reflected because the client is losing fat but gaining muscle mass,” she said.
Another tool that the facility uses is metabolic testing, which test’s a client’s resting metabolic rate and measures the number of calories a client’s body needs to maintain its current weight over a 24-hour period.
“In the appointment, the data is collected for 15 minutes and then calculated to determine the caloric needs over 24 hours,” Owens explained. “During the visit, the client lies down and wears a mask throughout the test. The purpose of the mask and equipment is to measure the client’s oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. These levels can tell the health educator how much oxygen is consumed by the body, which, in turn, is used to estimate the caloric needs of the client.”
Owens added that this assessment is great for client’s looking to make changes in body composition, lose weight, gain muscle, gain weight, or maintain weight.
The wellness center is scheduled to open Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Fort Benning AWC at (706) 544-9142.