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New Weight Management & Human Performance Lab Now Open at VSTC
January 12, 2014
The Weight Management & Human Performance Laboratory is now open for business at GW’s VSTC in Ashburn, Virginia. Whether your goal is to lose weight or improve athletic performance, the lab offers a comprehensive array of testing and programmatic services to meet your needs using a broad spectrum of top-of-the line equipment. The services are open to the public, in addition to the GW community.
Todd Miller, lab director and associate professor in GW’s Exercise Science Department, School of Public Health and Health Services, said “We can design a program to meet your individual needs and help you set and achieve realistic goals.”
- Metabolism testing
- Body composition analysis
- Nutrition and dietary counseling
- Fitness programming and counseling
- Aerobic and anaerobic capacity testing
Everyone can benefit from specialized tests, but they will be recommended for you based on your goals and needs. For example, if your goal is weight loss, the recommended tests will be very different than someone who is looking to maximize their athletic performance.
Several of the tests can also be used to screen for health problems like osteoporosis or visceral fat around the organs. The amount of visceral fat, a different measurement from overall body fat, is related to multiple health problems.
Additionally, the lab has partnered with Stephanie Mull, a registered dietitian, to provide nutrition and dietary counseling. Mull said, “At the lab, you will learn how eating patterns and food choices influence weight, body composition and health. You will receive personalized support and guidance to facilitate behavior change in order to meet your health and fitness goals.”
In addition to the testing and counseling services, the lab serves as a GW teaching and research lab and is offering yoga classes for the GW community.
VSTC Lab Staff:
Todd Miller, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F, FNSCA
Lab director and associate professor
Exercise Science Department, School of Public Health and Health Services
Stephanie Mull, MS, RD, CSSD
The Lab has a partnership with Stephanie, a registered dietitian, to provide nutritional counseling to clients.
VSTC Lab Location:
GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall, room B25
44983 Knoll Square
Ashburn, VA 20147
Weight Management and Human Performance Laboratory
The iDEXA Machine from GE Healthcare is the most accurate test available for body composition testing. It also measures bone density and visceral fat, which is related to multiple health problems.
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Resting Metabolic Rate test: The resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy (calories) a body burns while at rest, which accounts for approximately 70% of the body's daily energy expenditure.
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Aerobic Capacity test
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