LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 03/13/13 -- Health Profile Institute (HPI), a privately owned Swedish developer of health programs, promotion and assessment products, will release its new Integrative Body Composition (IBC) assessment during the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) convention March 19-23 in Las Vegas.
HPI's unique approach to body composition testing determines a person's fat percentage and fat-free mass, which is designed to help fitness and medical professionals better advise their clients and patients.
"A healthy appearance is not a good indicator of a healthy body. A person can appear trim and have proportionate weight for his or her height, but have a high body fat percentage," said HPI Director of Education Ileana Stefanescu. "Knowing your fat free mass and body fat percentage is a better indicator of overall health, and offers a better tracking method for success during a diet and exercise regimen."
Unlike laboratory body composition tests, the IBC is noninvasive and intuitive. The assessment, which takes less than five minutes to complete, factors the person's age, height and weight, and uses a portable digital caliper to measure a person's wrists and a tape to measure the waist. The wrist measurements represent the body's frame and are an important factor in the IBC equation.
IBC also considers the duration of cardiovascular and resistance training a person completes each week. The assessment software then computes a person's fat percentage.
Gunnar Anderson, Ph.D., Director of Development at HPI Sweden says IBC is based on healthy weight range studies performed in Sweden, which is one of the healthiest countries in the world.
HPI developed the assessment software following a rigorous comparative study by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Health Sciences. The university's study concluded the IBC method is reliable as an alternative method to hydrostatic weighing in the determination of body fat percentage. Hydrostatic weighing is considered the gold standard of body composition testing.
More information about the IBC Assessment is available at www.ibctools.com.
Health Profile Institute is a privately owned company in the field of health promotion, employee health programs, and health assessment and has more than 30 years of experience in health promotion in Sweden and other European countries. Health Profile Institute is an approved provider for the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine, and has offices in South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Aimee Romero/Kevin Dunegan
The Firm Public Relations
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