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MBU HSS Students Recognized for BMI Study

This November, seven MBU students received the 2014 Dr. Patricia McSwegin Student Research Award for their work on a comparison analysis of equipment used for charting an individual’s body fat mass. The award was granted by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the students’ project was chosen out of all research projects from colleges and universities in Missouri.

Health and sport science students, Chris Walker, Chelsie Rosen, Brianna Dunn, Ryan Zerillo, and Sam Youngblood, as well as graduate student Brian Jones, presented their study at the annual Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conference. The study compares the industry standard technology, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), with the emerging InBody720 Body Composition analyzer. The study found that the InBody is comparable in accuracy, more affordable and can accommodate more individuals.

The project began as a classroom assignment, but this semester, all seven students furthered the research with a pilot study under the supervision of Guy Danhoff, assistant professor at MBU, and Dr. Robert Davidson, assistant professor of Logan University. The students plan on further pursuing the study, as well as submitting their results for national review.