Equipment Loan Program

To help bolster existing efforts and spur new research ideas, the U of M Obesity Prevention Center maintains a lending library of research equipment, software, and protocols.  This cost and time-saving resource is available to support obesity prevention research being conducted by faculty and students at the University of Minnesota.


The current inventory of equipment includes:Acti-Gr

  • Nutrition Data System for Research (NDS-R) dietary analysis program (16 copies)
  • Dell Laptops (13 each)
  • Actigraph Activity Monitors  (106 each Model GT1M, 51 each Model GT3X, and 57 each Model GT3X-Plus)Tanta
  • Tanita Body Composition Analyzers (3 each Model TBF-300A)
  • Tanita Digital Scales (3 each Model BWB-800)
  • PEA POD Infant Body Composition Assessment System
  • Portable Stadiometers (5 each)
  • Research Grade Skinfold Calipers (8 each)
  • Sphygmomanometer (3 manual and 1 automated)
  • Polar Heart Rate Monitors (2 each)PolarHeart
  • Portable precision electronic food scale (OHAUS SP601 Scout Pro)
  • Nasco food models and other food amount estimation aids
  • Omron Blood Pressure Monitor (1 each)

The equipment is available at no cost on a first come, first serve basis. Staffing costs are the investigator’s responsibility. 


Researchers are required to reserve the equipment in advance.  Student use is allowed if a faculty advisor agrees to take responsibility for the terms of the equipment loan agreement.


To reserve equipment, contact the U of M OPC at 612-626-8570 or


Sample Measurement Protocols


The following are a variety of sample measurement protocols for use with U of M OPC research equipment, including weight, anthropometry, blood pressure, accelerometery, and 24-hour dietary recalls.

The OPC may be able to provide training on measurement protocols and quality control protocols, depending on the specific request.


For more information, contact the U of M OPC at 612-626-8570 or