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EPARC offers researchers the option of collecting anthropometric measurements (e.g., height, weight, waist circumference, skinfold thickness) as well as other physiological measurements (e.g., blood pressure).  For many studies, it is imperative to report on physiological variables such as body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio, and percent body fat in participants to assess risk for various diseases and to analyze the effectiveness of the study intervention.

EPARC staff are trained and certified by a gold-standard measurer for all measurements offered.  Please contact EPARC for a complete list of anthropometric measurements offered.
 

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Tools for Subjective Measurement

Self-report measures are the most common approach to quantifying physical activity levels and patterns in free-living adult populations.  The three main types of subjective instruments are recall questionnaires, physical activity logs, and physical activity diaries.  Individual data obtained from self-report measures are typically converted into estimates, which allow researchers to categorize or rank individuals or populations by physical activity level. 

Environmental Measures

Tools for Objective Measurement

Accurate assessments of the physical activity dimensions (type, duration, frequency, intensity) and contexts (sport or recreation, occupation, transportation, incidental) requires an instrument that objectively quantifies activities performed in free-living conditions.
  • Measurements of Heart Health and Capability Using EKG
  • Indirect Calorimetry at Any Workload in the Laboratory or the Field
  • Bone Health and Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Using DXA Technology
  • Body Composition, Including Regional Fat and Lean Mass, Using DXA Technology
  • Balance Testing of Visual, Somatosensory, and Vestibular Systems Independently and in Combination
  • Functional Movement Screens

Platforms for Research

  • Mobile Phones & PDAs
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