Phase One is estimated to cost between $90,000 - $110,000.
"The exercise testing facility is of central importance to our progress in research and education addressing the role of fitness in health and disease," said W. Timothy Garvey, chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences.
The exercise testing facility will include stationary bikes, treadmills, machines measuring oxygen consumption, a changing room, a stretching area, a weight test area and bathroom access for sample collection.
Phase One will also upgrade the body composition testing areas within the facility. The equipment housed includes two DXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry), a Bod Pod (Whole-Body Air Displacement Plethysmography) and a P Pod which is a Bod Pod for infants and toddlers.
This section will also house a pQCT (Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography) which is a small CT scan designed for arms and legs.
"This facility would be for the testing to see how well people are responding to weight loss and/or exercise by testing their fitness and looking at their fitness level," said Timothy R. Nagy, Ph.D., professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences.