Kinesiology department invests in state-of-the-art equipment to train students

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University purchases a BOD POD for educational, athletic purposes
HUNTINGTON, Ind.—The kinesiology department at Huntington University recently purchased a BOD POD to offer students the most advanced means possible for measuring body composition.

The system will help students in the program accurately measure body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children.

Other highlights of the new equipment include the capability to measure a person’s resting metabolic rate and total energy expenditure during each body composition test without the person succumbing to performing any physical activity testings. Assessing someone’s body composition using the BOD POD lasts five minutes.

“Being able to measure body composition using a ‘gold standard’ is very, very important in our field,” said Dr. Matthew Ruiz, assistant professor of exercise science. “Once the renovations to our athletic facility are completed, we’ll be way beyond what our competitors can offer in exercise science.”

Through the Together: The Campaign for Huntington University, $9.5 million is planned to renovate the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex. Plans include creating a new entryway; expanding the exercise and weight-training areas; adding new classroom and fitness lab spaces; renovating the outdoor track; constructing a new hardwood floor gymnasium; and installing all-weather turf on the soccer field. The campaign will also raise funds for a facilities endowment. Already, new bleachers have been installed in the gymnasium through the campaign.

Owning a piece of equipment like the BOD POD and using this state-of-the-art equipment in the classroom helps to prepare students for further educational experiences and training after graduation.

“Owning a BOD POD helps us in preparing students to be more competitive,” Ruiz said.

The campus community, employees and even high school athletes will also have the opportunity to test the equipment.

“This is certainly not something we will keep to ourselves,” Ruiz said.

For more information about the features of the BOD POD, visit
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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