Measuring community health outcomes with a new body composition scanner

  • Date: 30 May 2018
  • Category: News
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Pictured: Mo Mudaliar, Health and Wellness Coordinator at Casey ARC, uses the Evolt360 to conduct a full body scan on Casey ARC member Rebecca

YMCA Victoria is proud to announce that the Evolt360, Evolt’s latest body composition scanner, will be installed at 11 centres as a part of an important study into the impact that community recreation facilities have on community health.

The 2016 Victorian Auditor General’s Report into aquatic and recreational facilities highlighted the need to improve the measurement and evaluation of community health outcomes, particularly those identified in community health and wellbeing plans.

“At the YMCA we know exactly how many people use the facilities, programs and services we manage in partnership with local government. What we can’t yet accurately measure are their health and wellbeing outcomes, both individual and aggregated, to capture a true picture of a population’s health and role we play in positively influencing it,” said Nathan Costin, Development Manager at YMCA Victoria.

The medical grade, non­invasive scanners will be installed in YMCA-­managed facilities throughout Moreland, Dandenong, Boroondara, Knox and Casey.

Ed Zouroudis, CEO of Evolt, said the scanner’s capacity to capture meaningful health data was central to the partnership with the YMCA, and reinforced his company’s mission to empower people with the information they needed to make evidence based decisions about their health and fitness.

“It [the Evolt360] gives individuals meaningful measures by which they can track their health and fitness, and de-­identified data can be collated to establish a baseline of a community’s health to measure the relative success of health interventions and the impact the YMCA is having on the population,” said Ed Zourodis.

“This partnership has the potential to be a real game changer in the aquatic and recreation industry.”

YMCA aims is to recruit 5,000 members, profile their biopsychosocial health measures, and track changes in those measures through targeted health and wellbeing interventions.

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