"The University Scholars program gives me the opportunity to completely expose myself to the research process while learning how to excel in it through the aid of my mentor. My hope is to become more comfortable with the research methods since I plan on going to medical school and continuing research as a physician."
Children, obesity, and exercise.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- SWEAT Youth Ministry at First Assembly of God
- UF Premed AMSA Mission
- Intramural Basketball and Football
- Zen Fitness Personal Trainer
Shands Hospital Volunteer (Oncology) 2nd Mile Hospitality Ministry at First Assembly of God Mission work to Dominican Republic and Haiti Project Rescue FIGHT (Fighting Injustice and Global Human Trafficking) Mission 9:37.
Hobbies and Interests
- Sports, exercise, piano, guitar, reading, and quality time with family and friends.
Assessing the Feasibility and Accuracy of Circumferential Measures for Use in Clinical Settings to Identify Children with Weight Status of Overweight and Obese
The study proposes to investigate whether circumferential measures either alone or as secondary measures are more accurate than Body Mass Index (BMI) alone and would be better at identifying childrens weight status as overweight or obese. Additionally, this study will assess the feasibility, ease and accuracy of circumferential measurements for the correct identification of children with obesity using the Bod-Pod as the gold standard measures of body fat. The Bod-Pod is an egg-shaped chamber that is reliable, accurate, and non-invasive in determining body composition. This will be accomplished by recruiting 50 subjects from the UF Fitness and Primary Care clinics aged 6-17 with a BMI equal to or above the 85th percentile. A random sample of half of the subjects will be used to develop a calibration equation to accurately predict body fat. The second half of subjects will be used to test the accuracy of the model. The data obtained will include their demographics, height, weight, circumferential measures, the Bod-Pod assessment, and self-reported comfort level. With these data, we will be able to compare and contrast certain measures and determine their accuracy. Although BMI is a common measurement, most physicians base their recommendations off of a visual assessment of the patient. This study hopes to provide evidence and support of the accuracy and use of BMI alone or in conjunction with circumferential measures that can be readily adopted by physicians.