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Jun 19, 2014 4:26 PM by Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com

Bod Pod Technology Reveals Your True Health

CORPUS CHRISTI - You may know your weight, but do you know how healthy you really are? A tool called the Bod Pod helps you figure that out.

"I'm getting married at the end of November," said Monica Nichols.

Like most brides, 27-year-old Nichols wants to look her best on her big day. That's why she checked out the Bod Pod at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

"It really tells us what you're made of," said Dr. Don Melrose, Asst. Professor of Kinesiology at TAMUCC.

Dr. Melrose said the egg-shaped device is thorough. Unlike the Body Mass Index (BMI), which uses your height and weight and compares it to other Americans; in two minutes, the Bod Pod analyzes body composition and determines your body fat, lean mass, and how many calories you use per day. Dr. Melrose said that's vital information for people in the coastal bend.

"When body composition rises, we see a whole host of other disease-based problems...Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, especially here in South Texas."

According to the American Diabetes Association, 86,000 people in the coastal bend are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

Nichols doesn't have symptoms of either, but her Bod Pod results revealed high body fat and the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. That concerned her because diabetes runs in her family.

"I'm not happy with the result, but I'm happy I got the result," said Nichols.

Now Nichols is determined to make changes to improve her health.

"This is the confirmation I needed. It's time to take action."

There are at least two Bod Pod machines in Corpus Christi. One is at TAMUCC, the other is at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Anybody can make an appointment for a screening at the hospital; the first visit costs $50.


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