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The Mobile Health Laboratory is a 38-foot customized mobile home equipped with state of the art equipment to perform the following fuctions:

  • Body composition analysis performed by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA; Hologic Discovery A). Measurements: fat mass (body fat percent), fat free soft tissue, bone mineral content, and bone density test for osteoporosis screening.

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  • Anthropometry. Measurements: body weight, height, waist circumference, skin folds
  • Fitness assessment performed on treadmill and cycle ergometer. Measurements: Maximum Oxygen Consumption (Max VO2) and sub-maximal VO2 in children and adults

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  • Resting metabolic rate to determine daily calorie needs
  • Hemodynamic monitoring. Measurements: resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, mean arterial pressure, cardiac index, cardiac output, stroke index and stroke volume

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  • Blood chemistry. Measurements: lipid profile, fasting glucose and insulin, and Hemoglobin A1c.
  • Nutritional analysis. Measurements: macro and micro nutrient analysis
  • Data collection using questionnaires and surveys with on-board computer stations

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  • Cooking demonstration with a cooking island, electric stove, refrigerator, microwave oven and small baking oven


  • Small group health education classes with a multimedia station
  • Health screenings in schools and communities

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In addition, the Mobile Health Laboratory can also be used to conduct literacy education programs, computer education classes, mental health screenings, and community outreach by faculty members from other departments at UTSA.