Physical Activity & Health Research Lab

Facilities & Equipment


The Physical Activity & Health Research Laboratory (formerly Exercise Physiology Laboratory) conducts basic and applied research in the area of physical activity/exercise and health. Laboratory research focus' on physical activity and obesity assessment, determinants of physical activity behavior, physical activity promotion, physical activity/exercise and cardiovascular responses, and physical activity/exercise and metabolic responses, namely interactions with obesity and type 2 diabetes/glucose tolerance. Our laboratory team conducts research in adults of all ages.

For further information please contact the Associate Researcher Nora Miller or one of the lab directors Drs. Strath or Swartz.

Physical Activity & Health Research Lab

Body Composition Assessment Core

  • Bod Pod air displacement plethysmography
  • Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry
  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis
  • Anthropometric assessment devices
Dr. Scott Strath performing Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry

Physical Activity Assessment Core

  • Actigraph Accelerometers
  • ActivPAL Accelerometers
  • Pedometers (SW series, NL series, Lifecorder)
  • Polar downloadable heart rate monitoring
  • Physiological combinations monitors
  • Garmin GPS
  • Computerized test-bank of physical activity questionnaire
Assistant Researcher Nora Miller shows a participant how to use a pedometer

Metabolic Assessment Core

  • 2 ParvoMedics computerized metabolic assessment systems
  • Flow through hood for resting metabolic rate (RMR) assessment system
  • Portable (Cosmed K4b2) metabolic measurement system
  • Monarch cycle and arm ergometers
  • LODE Excalibur Sport electronically braked bike
  • TrackMaster treadmills
  • YSI glucose and lactate analyzer
  • Phlebotomy
  • Nutritional assessment software
Dr. Scott Strath and a student measuring participant's energy expenditure.

Cardiovascular Assessment Core

  • GE Vivid i portable ultrasound system; 4C-RS and 12L-RS Transducer
  • GE Case 8000 ECG and simulator system