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04/28/2011

The Biggest Loser WINS BIG!

A front page story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “University of the Sciences Bod Pod measures body fat percentage,” focuses on the University's Biggest Loser competition that hosted 33 contestants this past semester: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/120586549.html

Way back in January the Exercise Science & Wellness Managment program began accepting faculty, staff and student participants to compete against one another for the title of The Biggest Loser and a $250 first place prize.  There were, however, a few differences in comparing this contest to the reality TV show.  Each participant was given the option of having an ESWM student as their own personal Wellness Coach and the winner would be determined based upon fat percentage lost, not pounds.  The participants were assessed in the Bod Pod - an egg shaped device that uses Air Displacement Plethysmography to determine the subject’s body composition. When the brief, non-invasive tests are finished, (subjects sits comfortably in the Bod Pod, breathing normally for a total of 120 seconds), the computer prints out the personalized data, including body composition results (fat mass vs lean mass) and recommended caloric intake depending on the subject’s physical activity level. The BOD POD also measures the resting metabolic rate (RMR) which is the amount of energy body uses at rest. University of the Sciences is one of four locations to have a BOD POD, including the Philadelphia Eagles, West Chester University, and Lincoln University.

When it came down to naming the winner during the last week of April, one person stood above all the rest - Brigid Isackman with ESWM minor/Biology major, Lindsay Hummel, as her Wellness Coach.  The cumulative fat loss among all participants was a whopping 59%

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