Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
Measuring your resting metabolic rate tells you the amount of calories your body burns when at rest. The RMR provides a baseline of how much you should be eating and can help with weight management and nutrition planning. This test requires you to remain in a comfortable relaxed state for 20 minutes. In order to achieve accurate results, you must come fasting for 10 hours from food, exercise, caffeine and smoking.
This test is an indicator of cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness and involves walking and/or running on a treadmill. Individuals with higher VO2 max values can tolerate higher exercise intensity for longer duration than those with lower cardiorespiratory fitness. This test takes approximately 1 hour, including preparation and cool down, with the actual exercise time lasting approximately 8-12 minutes. Your lactate threshold can be measured during the VO2 max test for an additional charge.
The lactate threshold test is a powerful and reliable predictor of the exercise intensity that may be sustained during endurance exercise or competitions. The lactate threshold test determines the exercise intensity at which your body begins to produce lactic acid at a greater rate than it can be cleared. This test is similar to the V02 max test, however the work stages are longer and blood samples are taken (via finger prick) to determine the concentration of lactate in the blood.
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
Measures bone density and body composition. DXA is the gold standard for measuring body composition and provides data such as: body fat percentage, lean body mass, visceral fat content and regions of fat distribution. On the day of the exam you may eat normally. You should wear fitted/spandex clothing, avoiding garments that have metal underwire, zippers, or buttons and remove all jewelry. This test cannot be performed if you think you might be pregnant.
Grocery Store Tour
Over the course of 1 hour, a Registered Dietitian or qualified graduate student provides guidance for making healthy, budget-friendly options at the local Walmart or Kroger.