Exercise Physiology Laboratory

Welcome to the Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program

We are very excited to work with you!

Our program uses state of the art equipment to offer high-quality health and fitness testing to community members. You can use your test results to check your improvements, or take them to professionals who can help you achieve your goals. A laboratory visit consists of a Complete Physical Fitness Assessment, which takes appoximately 120 minutes and includes the following four assessments: body composition, gait and balance, arterial health (blood pressure + arterial stiffness), and metabolic testing (resting metabolic rate "RMR" + fitness aerobics "VO2max").

Learn more about each type of testing included in the Complete Physical Fitness Assessment:


Exercise Physiology Lab


 Scheduling Information

Read and Sign Informed Consents

The informed consent for the health and fitness assessment explains the test protocols, the risks and benefits associated with testing, and the safety precautions. Our program is linked to a research project that investigates health and fitness of the people living in our community. You can sign the consent to participate in research to allow our laboratory to use your test results anonymously for research purposes. Participation in associated research projects is voluntary, and is not a requirement for participating in the Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program.

To learn more about the informed consent forms, why they are important, and how they are used, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Read and complete the Medical History Form and the Physical Activity Questionnaire

You will be asked to complete the physical activity questionnaire (SIMPAQ) and answer questions regarding your current and past health history including diseases, injuries, chronic conditions and medications you may be taking. The medical history form is vital as it helps the laboratory team understand your current health to ensure your safety throughout the entire session. All information will be treated as confidential.

Schedule Your Appointment

calendarTo schedule an appointment, please clink on one of the available time slots labeled "Health and Fitness Assessment" in our calendar and save the event. You will receive a reminder email from eshpl@appstate.edu the day before the test.

Please be thoughtful and inform us if you decide to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Contact us: If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to eshpl@appstate.edu, or call Marco Meucci at 828-262-2935.

Cost

The cost for the for the four Physical Fitness Assessments (body composition, gait and balance, arterial health, and metabolic testing) is $50.

Optional tests are provided upon request. The cost of the optional tests are as follows: Electrocardiogram ECG $5; Blood lactate during exercise $30; Blood analysis (hematocrit, glucose, LDL, HDL, triglycerides) $10; Hydration $5.

We also welcome donations of any amount to support the program. Your donations allow us to:

  • Help you. We will purchase equipment we can use to enhance and better our service.
  • Help your neighbor. Other community members will be able to have free access to our service.
  • Help our students. Students will be hired to work for the program, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in a working laboratory.

Test Preparation

The Health and Fitness Assessment Informed Consent, Medical History, and Physical Activity Questionnaire should be filled out and submitted online at least 3 days before the day of the test. You will receive an email with the link to the forms after you schedule your appointment.

 

Instructions Prior to Testing

  • Avoid large meals prior to the test, 4 hours fasting is ideal;
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee or alcohol 4 hours prior to the test;
  • Avoid moderate endurance exercise 4 hours before and/or vigorous resistance exercise 14 hours prior to the test.

Test Results

Your laboratory test results are completely confidential. You can use them to check your improvements in physical health and activity, or take them to professionals who can help you
achieve your health and fitness goals.

Sample test results:

 


Contact

Marco Meucci, Ph.D.
Laboratory Director
828-262-2935
meuccim@appstate.edu


Testing Location

Leon Levine Hall
1179 State Farm Rd
Boone, NC 28608


Have questions? Feel free to contact us! Check out our FAQ, or send us an email at eshpl@appstate.edu