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ACSM Collaboration with NIH Continues: Webinar and Workshop This Week on the Science of Measuring Activity

ACSM partners with NIH to advance scientific opportunity and public health progress in federal biomedical research related to physical activity and sedentary lifestyles. This week (Wednesday through Friday, July 21-23) that collaboration continues. The College is supporting an invitational workshop in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the workshop itself is an invitation-only meeting, a pre-workshop briefing session on the state of the science will be conveniently presented (July 21, 12:30-5:15 EDT) as a webinar in which all interested professionals may participate at no cost.

Organizers of the workshop, “Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods”, are focused on the need to make meaningful progress in the key area of the self-report in physical activity research and assessment:
    Despite advances in objective monitoring, much of recently funded health and behavioral research examining physical activity as an exposure or outcome relies on self-report as the principal method of assessment. This workshop will focus on closing the gaps in self-report methods and is a timely companion effort to the 2009 synthesis of objective monitoring practices sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
The two-day, invitation-only workshop following the briefing session will be focused on important and frank discussion about self-report measurement and developing novel approaches for difficult methodological issues. Conference papers will be published in a peer-reviewed journal supplement. In addition to ACSM, CDC and NIH, the workshop is supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. more


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