Active Voice: Taking Measure of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Metabolic Health in Youth
By Donna Spruijt-Metz, Ph.D., and Ya-Wen Hsu, Ph.D. Share
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Donna Spruijt-Metz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on mobile health, games for health and pediatric obesity and is particularly concerned with understanding how behavioral, psychosocial, metabolic, built environmental and social environmental forces interact to influence behavior and health. Ya-Wen Hsu, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hospital and Health Care Administration at the Chia Nan University of Pharmacy & Science in Taiwan. Her research has focused on mixed methods to measure activity and metabolic health in minority populations and on determinants of obesity in East Asian populations. This commentary presents Drs. Spruijt-Metz’s and Hsu’s views associated with the research article they and their colleagues published in the Dec. 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).
The relationship between physical activity (PA) and adiposity in children is well-documented. However, interventions to promote and maintain meaningful increases in PA outside the clinic have not been broadly effective. Even when modest increases in PA are achieved, limited impacts on obesity have been noted. In the battle to increase activity and reduce adiposity in youth, we are up against major challenges, including diminishing dollars to support opportunities for PA and safe places to play. Here, we put forth three thoughts that might promote more robust intervention effects on adiposity and better understanding of the complex influences of activity on health. More
Policy Corner: FY2012 Budget Maintains NIH Funding Levels
Just in time for the holidays, Congress finally passed a budget to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2012 (through Oct. 1, 2012). Approved by Congress on Dec. 17 and signed into law by President Obama a few days later, the final budget deal provides $30.69 billion for the NIH in FY 2012, roughly the same absolute funding level as last year. More
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Fitness Often Not a Priority for College Students
Along with mother's cooking and the family dog, regular exercise is too often among the childish things young adults leave behind when they make the move from home to college.
Attention should be paid to this drop off, experts say, because those inactive in youth tend to remain inactive over their lifetime.
"The transition from late adolescence to early adulthood represents the most dramatic declines in physical activity across a person's life," according to Dr. Matthew Kwan, a researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. More
20 Fitness Trends for 2012
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It's 2012, you've made your resolution and got that new gym membership. Now what? A survey of more than 2,600 fitness professionals conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine ranked the top 20 fitness trends for the coming year. But before you roll your eyes, consider that the latest picks aren't just about what's faddish or in fashion -- selections are often based on new research in the field of sports medicine, as well as slow-growing business trends. In other words: many of these areas of consumer fitness are here to stay.
"We really wanted to answer the question for both the consumer and the health fitness professional," explains Walter R. Thompson, the Regents' Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, who has been the lead author of the survey since its inception six years ago. "What should they make an investment in?" More
Picking Your Health Club
Chicago Tribune Share
Congratulations! You've decided to start working out. Now you need to decide where to go. There is a health club out there for you. The trick is picking one that serves your needs, because when it comes to health and fitness, one size definitely doesn't fit all. We asked three fitness industry experts what to look for when picking a place to work out.
For active parents and their kids (toddlers through teens)
Expert: Dr. Henry Williford, department head of physical education/exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery and co-author, American College of Sports Medicine's "Selecting and Effectively Using a Health and Fitness Facility."
Child supervision: It's the main issue here. For older kids (ages 13 on up) who are allowed to use weights and cardio equipment, is there someone watching to see if they're using proper technique? Is there an intro to exercise program for kids? Generally when people get injured it's because of poor mechanics. More