Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program | Exercise Physiology

Welcome to the Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program

We are very excited to work with you!

The Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program is provided in App State's Exercise Physiology Laboratory (EPL) and uses state of the art equipment to offer high-quality health and fitness testing to community members. You can use your test results to check your improvements, or take them to professionals who can help you achieve your goals.

A laboratory visit consists of a Complete Physical Fitness Assessment, which takes approximately 120 minutes and includes the following four assessments: body composition, gait and balance, arterial health (blood pressure + arterial stiffness), and metabolic testing (resting metabolic rate "RMR" + aerobic fitness "VO2max"). Results will be explained at the end of the visit.

Tests are available to children (12-17 years old) and adults (18-80 years old). Anyone between 12 and 65 years old will be permitted to perform a VO2max test (until maximal effort). Anyone between 51 and 65 years of age will be permitted to exercise until their heart rate is equal to the 75% of their theoretical maximal heart rate. Learn more about each type of testing included in the Complete Physical Fitness Assessment by downloading our brochure [PDF] or clicking on the following links:

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the importance of the Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program, please feel free to contact us via email at

Health assessment and exercise testing in the Exercise Physiology Lab

 Scheduling Information

Read and Sign Informed Consents

The informed consent explains the test protocols, the risks and benefits associated with testing, and the safety precautions for the health and fitness assessment.

You can sign a second consent form to allow our laboratory to use your test results anonymously for research purposes. Participation in associated research projects is voluntary (optional) and will help our laboratory to investigate the health and fitness of the people living in our community.

Child’s consent: A parent or guardian must fill out the consent forms on behalf of their child. See the forms below.


Read and complete the Medical History Form and the Physical Activity Questionnaire

You will be asked to complete the physical activity questionnaire and answer questions regarding your or your child’s current and past health history including diseases, injuries, chronic conditions and medications you may be taking. The medical history form is vital as it helps the laboratory team understand your current health to ensure your safety throughout the entire session. All information will be treated as confidential.

Child’s questionnaires: A parent or a guardian must fill out the health history questionnaire and the physical activity questionnaire on behalf of their child. See the forms below.

Schedule Your Appointment

calendarAppointments are available on Monday and Wednesday from 4:00PM-6:30PM and on Friday from 2:00PM-4:30PM.

To schedule an appointment, please click on one of the available time slots labeled "Health and Fitness Assessment" in our calendar and save the event. You will receive a reminder email from the day before the test.

Please be thoughtful and inform us if you decide to cancel or reschedule your appointment.

Contact us: If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to, or call Marco Meucci at 828-262-2935.


The cost for the Complete Fitness Assessments (body composition + gait and balance + arterial health + resting metabolic rate + aerobic fitness -VO2max-) is $100 for community members and $60 for App State students. For a subset of these offerings, comparable prices from other universities range from $100-$235.

The cost for two visits 6 or 12 months apart is $180.

Optional tests are provided upon request. The cost of the optional tests are as follows:

  • Electrocardiogram ECG $10
  • Blood lactate during exercise $30
  • Blood analysis (hematocrit, glucose, LDL, HDL, triglycerides) $20
  • Hydration $5.

We also welcome donations of any amount to support the program. Your donations allow us to:

  • Help you. We will purchase equipment we can use to enhance and better our service.
  • Help your neighbor. Other community members will be able to have free access to our service.
  • Help our students. Students will be hired to work for the program, allowing them to gain hands-on experience in a working laboratory.

You can click here to see what we were able to accomplish with your generous donations.

Test Preparation

The Health and Fitness Assessment Informed Consent, Medical History, and Physical Activity Questionnaire should be filled out and submitted online at least 3 days before the day of the test. You will receive an email with the link to the forms after you schedule your appointment.


Instructions Prior to Testing

  • Avoid large meals prior to the test, 4 hours fasting is ideal;
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee or alcohol 4 hours prior to the test;
  • Avoid moderate endurance exercise 4 hours before and/or vigorous resistance exercise 14 hours prior to the test.

Test Results

Your laboratory test results are completely confidential. You can use them to check your improvements in physical health and activity, or take them to professionals who can help you
achieve your health and fitness goals.

Sample test results:



Marco Meucci, Ph.D.
Laboratory Director

Testing Location

Leon Levine Hall
1179 State Farm Rd
Boone, NC 28608

Have questions? Feel free to contact us! Check out our FAQ, or send us an email at