Riverview to showcase BOD POD

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Brittany Nelson, Riverview Health Wellness Dietitian, initiating a BOD POD assessment. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

For those want to lose weight or build muscle, Riverview Health has developed a Body Knowledge program.

The county health organization will hold an open house for the program from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Riverview Health Rehab & Fitness, 601 Westfield Rd., Noblesville.

Mindi Matthews, Riverview’s director of employer services, said visitors will be able to talk to the dietician Brittany Nelson that runs the program during the open house. Matthews said she and Nelson will guests’ answer questions.

“They learn about the BOD POD and why it is so different in weight management and body composition testing,” Matthews said.

The Body Knowledge program is for weight loss and weight management. The BOD POD is a unit that measures total weight, body fat percentage and fat-free mass by air displacement plethysmography. In addition, it means thoracic gas volume, resting metabolic rate and total energy expenditure to find the person’s estimated calorie need.

Matthews said this much different from the BMI (Body Mass Index) charts, which just took into account someone’s height and weight.

“It’s very customized to the person,” Matthews said. “It helps you set what your goals are.”

The test takes approximately three minutes with the person wearing lycra or spandex type outfits.

Matthews said this will help people use the right kind of weight.

“Sometimes people just focus on the scale alone,” she said. “The ultimate goal is to have lean muscle and less body fat percentage.”

Matthews said athletes use the BOD POD because they want to know how much muscle they have.

To register for the free event, visit riverview.org/classes/body-knowledge-open-house/.

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