BELLEVUE, Wash., June 11 /CNW/ -- Following a two-year clinical study at
the University of Southern California, Stayhealthy introduced their next
generation body composition analysis technology at Microsoft's Connected
Health Conference. The technology accurately measures body composition, comes
in various forms depending on the need - from a home use individual device, to
a commercial grade device for physicians, fitness and nutrition professionals,
to a comprehensive freestanding, self-service health assessment kiosk - and is
capable of uploading data directly into Microsoft HealthVault.
Body composition, the measurement of actual body fat and lean mass has
long been recognized as the most effective means of managing health, fitness
and risk factors. Generally people look at absolute weight in setting diet or
exercise goals, which ultimately leads to the loss of both fat and lean mass.
Unfortunately, the majority of people who do lose weight tend to regain the
lost weight in the form of fat. This starts a spiral where the efficiency of
their body and ability to burn calories effectively is reduced and therefore
it becomes increasingly difficult to manage weight and by extension health.
"At a time when our nation faces a healthcare crisis driven by excess
weight and obesity, we are excited to introduce the Stayhealthy Body
Composition Analysis technology," said John Collins, CEO of Stayhealthy. "By
providing this technology we hope to help millions of people track their body
compositions and make positive adjustments as necessary."
Stayhealthy's Body Composition Analysis technology incorporates two key
elements - a physical data collection device that utilizes bio-impedance
technology, and a proprietary server-based algorithm that analyzes the data
collected at the device and provides a precise body composition reading via
the internet back to the user's computer.
To date, the measurement tools available to measure body composition have
been prohibitively expensive and therefore, very limited in availability. For
example, DEXA scanners require a minimum investment of about $100,000 and are
further limited in use due to radiation exposure. Hydrostatic weighing
requires access to a specially configured immersion pool. Conversely, the
consumer version of the Stayhealthy Body Composition Analyzer will be
available at a base price of less than $100. The availability of a low cost
measurement device could fundamentally change the way individual health and
fitness levels are measured and enable healthcare providers to more accurately
manage and monitor patient health and fitness levels.
"Stayhealthy's body composition analysis is an example of inexpensive and
innovative technology that connects with HealthVault to really make a
difference in improving healthcare," said David Cerino, general manager of the
Consumer Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. "Through our cooperative
efforts, we are creating technology that brings together the power of the web,
server-based processing and medical grade devices to deliver a revolutionary
means of helping people better understand and measure their weight-related
The two-year USC clinical study compared Stayhealthy technology to the
gold standards of DEXA scanning for adults and hydrostatic weighing for
children. The study allowed Stayhealthy to refine their proprietary algorithms
for measuring body composition and achieve an unparalleled level of accuracy
in the industry. The conclusion of the research found that there was no
appreciable difference in body composition measurements between Stayhealthy's
technology and DEXA or hydrostatic weighing.
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson commented on
the announcement stating, "In 2001 as Secretary of Health, I issued a call to
action to prevent and decrease excess weight and obesity. Since that time,
the epidemic of obesity has become even more prevalent. We all have to worry
about this problem of obesity. While body weight is important, having the
ability to accurately and cost effectively measure individual body composition
represents a sea change in how people can address weight-related health risks
by allowing people to target only the portion of their weight that is most
critically associated with health risk - body fat."
About Stayhealthy, Inc.
Stayhealthy, Inc. is a privately owned health services company focused on
bringing solutions to individuals wishing to "take control" of their health
and fitness. Stayhealthy has created the first fully integrated health and
fitness solution and seeks to make "health" a lifestyle choice -- a way of
For further information:
For further information: John Collins, Chief Executive Officer of
Stayhealthy, Inc., +1-626-599-8893 Web Site: http://www.stayhealthy.com