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HAWC ready to put 'new tool' to use

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Staff Sgt. George Solis, from the 30th Space Wing, utilizes the Health and Wellness Center’s BOD POD here Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. A BOD POD is an egg-shaped chamber which uses a method to determine a person’s lean body mass. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Staff Sgt. George Solis, from the 30th Space Wing, utilizes the Health and Wellness Center’s BOD POD here Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. A BOD POD is an egg-shaped chamber which uses a method to determine a person’s lean body mass. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Scottie McCord)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Health and Wellness Center here recently acquired a BOD POD, a body composition tracking system, for the use of the Vandenberg population by appointment beginning Jan. 9.

A BOD POD is an egg-shaped chamber which uses a method to determine a person's lean body mass.

"Fat and muscle are different; they weigh different and their densities are different," said Jonathan Low, the HAWC promotion program manager. "So this BOD POD is going to tell us, not only what percentage is fat or muscle, but it is also going to tell us, based off of that ratio, how many calories you burn on a regular basis, which will allow us to get much more specific when developing diet and exercise plans for our people."

The HAWC's BOD POD services are available for Vandenberg's active-duty members, dependents and retirees Monday through Friday from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m. Individuals who wish to use the BOD POD must call 606-2221 to confirm a specific appointment time, even during hours of availability.

The BOD POD policies and procedures include: Individuals must be 18 years of age or older; must wear tight fitting clothing to include swimsuit, bike shorts and etc. (no underwear); no food or drink allowed two hours prior to the test; no jewelry, watches or necklaces should be worn; must bring a bath towel or robe to cover up for walk between locker room and BOD-POD Room; and 24 hour call-in required for an appointment reschedule or cancellation.

"The BOD POD is basically a new tool, as we call it, which gets people motivated for their own change," said Low. "We are going to use this new piece of equipment to help people achieve their specific goals."

For more information about the HAWC's BOD POD, call 606-2221.