From The Telegraph

EDWARDSVILLE - Members of the British Broadcasting Corp. spent time this week on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.

Researchers in the SIUE Department of Kinesiology and Health Education conducted various laboratory tests Tuesday for a BBC Horizon documentary series on diet and calorie restriction.

Curt Lox, professor and chairman of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, said the BBC crew became interested in using SIUE as a testing site because of its equipment and testing capabilities.

BBC Director Kate Dart was drawn to a specific piece of equipment, the BodPod, which assesses an individual's composition of lean and fat body mass. Dart researched the BodPod website and discovered that SIUE owned the device. Already scheduled for a stop in St. Louis, she decided to schedule some testing at SIUE.

"The BBC's decision to utilize our lab reflects positively on the emerging reputation of both our department and the university as a whole," said Lox, who said he believes the collaborative effort is a tremendous boon for SIUE. "We certainly couldn't ask for better international publicity than this, given the BBC's reach and reputation."

The still-to-be-titled episodes explore calorie restriction in one's diet in an effort to stay younger and extend an individual life.

The production team, led by Dart and researcher Roshan Samarasinghe, began taping in London and will visit Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Baltimore during the next two weeks. The crew expects to complete the project by the end of August, with an autumn release date on the BBC. Whether the show will air on BBC America is not yet known.

Dr. Bryan Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, led two participants through two different body composition assessments utilizing the BodPod as the iDXA scanning unit. The participants were Joe Cordell, a St. Louisan, and Michael Mosley, a presenter and executive producer of a variety of exercise and health programming for the BBC. Both men are over 50 years old.

"It was an enjoyable experience," Smith said. "The crew and participants were a pleasure to work with, and the final product will be great exposure for the department and the university."