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Active Voice: Revisiting the myth about exercise
Now Open: Expert commentaries at ACSM Olympics/Paralympics Resource Center
Policy Corner: Concussions take center stage in Miami
ACSM reaches out to HBCUs to increase diversity
Webinar Series Offered Free to Students
Report on women in sports available
ACSM and USADA support supplement safety
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Active Voice: Revisiting the Myth about Exercise
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Active Voice is an occasional column by ACSM experts. These comments do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Barry Braun, Ph.D., FACSM, is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research focus includes interactive effects of exercise and diet on endocrine function and metabolism. See the January 2009 issue of ACSM's Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews for a related research review he coauthored: "Physical activity and hormonal regulation of appetite: sex differences and weight control."

In late 2009, a cover story in TIME magazine surprised many of us with the provocative title "The Myth of Exercise." The central theme of this article was not only that exercise is ineffective as a weight loss tool, but that bouts of intense, structured exercise (e.g. what most people do at "a gym") are actually counterproductive because they increase appetite and lead to excess food intake that can cause weight gain. For those who read the article carefully, the utility of exercise as medicine to reduce risk for chronic diseases, strengthen bones, enhance mood and improve cognitive function was unchallenged. Rather, the author took great pains to argue that it would not "make you thin."

Now Open: Expert Commentaries at ACSM Olympics/Paralympics Resource Center
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ACSM's Olympics/Paralympics Resource Center is in full swing for Vancouver! Don’t miss out on adding comments on the Resource Center’s blog posts or submitting your own Olympics/Paralympics content.

Currently posted commentaries include insights on gender equality in sports from ACSM's first woman President, Barbara Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM. ACSM members and certified professionals are encouraged to read and comment on the Resource Center’s blog posts.

The Resource Center, supported by Baker & Daniels, also includes all Olympics news, medal counts, athlete biographies and more. Bookmark the page and visit frequently for your one-stop shop for all things Vancouver.

Policy Corner: Concussions Take Center Stage in Miami
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Goal is strong concussion legislation in every state

ACSM has joined forces with formidable partner in the fight to protect young athletes from the aftereffects of concussions: The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation. On Feb. 3, ACSM and SJBF announced the initiative at a news conference in Miami. The time and place were chosen to get maximum attention from media covering preparations for Super Bowl XLIV.

The news conference announced the Zackery Lystedt Brain Project, named after a Seattle-area teenager who sustained debilitating injuries after suffering multiple concussions in a middle-school football game. ACSM and SBJF are leading the call for state-by-state and federal legislation requiring athletes to be cleared by a medical professional prior to returning to play following a suspected concussion. Washington State’s Zackery Lystedt Law, highlighted at the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle, also calls for concussion education for coaches, parents and young athletes.

ACSM's heightened focus on concussions continued in the January/February issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports, which includes four articles on the topic.

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ACSM Reaches Out to HBCUs to Increase Diversity
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Black History Month gives ACSM the opportunity to celebrate the growing diversity of its membership. Two ACSM Fellows, NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, and Major Robert Carter III, Ph.D., FACSM, enhanced the effort with a recent trip to three Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Nearly 200 students and faculty members at the three institutions (Delaware State University, Norfolk State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore) learned about ACSM and its mission. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members who are not yet Fellows were offered reduced membership fees for joining the College. They also were encouraged to apply for ACSM's Leadership and Diversity Training Program. The program had a strong response and high level of participation from ACSM’s membership.

Interested in applying for the program in 2011? E-mail ACSM’s membership department at membership@acsm.org.

Webinar Series Offered Free to Students
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ACSM student and student alliance members will have a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the business – for free! A new Career Spotlight Webinar series features valuable information on potential careers/fields in sports medicine and exercise science. Register today for these upcoming Webinars:

Careers in Health Promotion / Public Health
Feb.10, 2010, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Led by Mary Kruse, M.S.

Careers in Personal Training / Strength & Conditioning
May 4, 2010, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time
Led by Neal Pire, M.A., CSCS, FACSM

Report on Women in Sports Available
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Feb. 3 marked National Girls and Women in Sports Day, initiated by the Women’s Sports Foundation. ACSM has continually placed a high interest on women’s health, dedicating committees, Position Stands, lectures and more to the topic.

ACSM’s partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation affords ACSM members the chance to read an executive summary of the Foundation’s latest research report on vital roles that sports play in the physical and social health of girls and women. Download the free report here.

ACSM and USADA Support Supplement Safety
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ACSM lends its support for proposed safety legislation in the dietary supplement industry. The College is a partner of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the entity leading the charge for "Supplement Safety Now." USADA held a press conference last week with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who proposed new legislation on supplements. More

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Exercise and Science Headlines

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Michelle Obama Aims to End Child Obesity in a Generation
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Her daughters were 6 and 9, and Michelle Obama was like any other working mom -- struggling to juggle office hours, school pick-ups and mealtimes. By the end of the day, she was often too tired to make dinner, so she did what was easy: She ordered takeout or went to the drive-through. More

Slimmer Doesn't Always Mean Fitter
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Exercise physiologists agree that if your sport is particularly affected by the tug of gravity -- running, cross-country skiing, cycling up hills -- you are penalized for excess weight. But that leaves some questions: What is the ideal weight for your sport? And how much difference will it make if you actually achieve it? More

You Sitting Down? Experts Say It'll Kill You
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Here's a new warning from health experts: Sitting is deadly. Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods -- even if you also exercise regularly -- could be bad for your health. More

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