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Active Voice: ACSM's Role in Promoting Physical Activity for Women
ACSM's 62nd Annual Meeting Advance Program Available Online
Apple Introduces New Watch; Health, Fitness, Research Applications
ACSM Annual Capitol Hill Day a Success
Nominations for 2016 ACSM Honor and Citation Awards
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: ACSM's Role in Promoting Physical Activity for Women
By Barbara L. Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Barbara L. Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM, was trained as a research physiologist, earning her Ph.D. from Purdue University. She was the first woman president of ACSM and received both the ACSM Citation Award (1984) and the ACSM Honor Award (1996). After retirement from Pacific Medical Center, she moved to Vashon Island, Washington, where she now resides. Her research has revolved around the response of women to exercise, as mediated by environmental factors and aging. She has had a keen and sustained interest in the female athlete, including physical performance under environmental stressors such as heat and altitude, the effect of exercise-associated amenorrhea on bone health and the role of exercise, calcium and exercise in preventing osteoporosis.

SMB is most grateful to Dr. Drinkwater, especially during Women’s History Month, for sharing with our readers her insightful perspectives on the recent history of women in sport and the role that women’s issues have had on the development of ACSM’s scientific pronouncements and culture.

Women’s opportunities to excel as athletes were severely limited for many years as a result of misguided and false perceptions about how girls and women respond to the demands of strenuous exercise. All too often, female physiology was used as an excuse to limit women’s participation in many sports. As recently as 2008, the head of the International Ski Federation said, "Ski jumping is just too dangerous for women.” A few years earlier, he told reporters that a woman's uterus might burst during landing. What seems laughable now was not amusing to the young women who were hoping to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Common sense finally prevailed and ski jumping was added for women in 2014.

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ACSM's 62nd Annual Meeting Advance Program Available Online Only
In response to member suggestions and to being environmentally friendly, this year's ACSM Annual Meeting Advance Program is available online only – and you can download your copy today! More than 5,000 basic and applied scientists and clinical medicine professionals will come together at the ACSM Annual Meeting to learn, network and earn continuing education credits and continuing medical education credits in San Diego, Calif. this May. This comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference is the one place you can get it all — programming that covers the science, practice, public health and policy aspects of sports medicine, exercise science and physical activity. Click here if you still need to register for ACSM’s Annual Meeting – the early registration deadline is March 18.

Please direct questions regarding registration to Dawn Hamilton at or 317-637-9200 x141. And, please contact Danielle Davis with any questions regarding programming, or 317-637-9200 x108.

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Apple Introduces New Watch; Health, Fitness, Research Applications
Apple held a major event in San Francisco, Calif. yesterday, making a number of new product announcements throughout the day, including those geared toward health, fitness and medical research. ACSM was represented at the event by Vice President NiCole Keith, PhD, FACSM.

A major focus of the event was on the much-anticipated Apple Watch that will be available in late April and features sophisticated physical activity and workout apps that can motivate, guide and measure a variety of exercise and fitness activities performed by the wearer.

The activity app provides a simple visual snapshot of the wearers’ daily activity, including how many active calories they’ve burned, how many minutes they’ve completed and even how often they’ve stood up to take a break from sitting. Struggle with being sedentary? The watch senses when you stand and move just a bit and gives you credit when you do and, if you’ve been sitting for almost an hour, it reminds you to get up.

The workout app shows real-time stats like elapsed time, distance, calories, pace and speed for a variety of the most popular cardio activities, including running, using the elliptical and cycling — indoors or out. After choosing the type of workout the user would like to do, Apple Watch turns on the appropriate sensors giving a detailed summary that counts toward his or her exercise goals for the day. Other features of the workout app include a custom heart rate sensor, accelerometer, use of Wi-Fi and GPS on the iPhone that more accurately measures distance and speed during outdoor workouts like walking, running and cycling.

To see how Christy Turlington, model and mother of two, used the Apple Watch to train for a half marathon in Africa, read and watch her story HERE.

Apple also rolled out its new ResearchKit tool for iPhones.

ResearchKit is an open-source software kit designed for medical and health research to help doctors and scientists gather data from willing participants. Some research institutions have already used the technology for studies on breast cancer, Parkinson's disease, asthma and cardiovascular disease, according to Apple. Other organizations have used ResearchKit to develop apps that provide education, self-monitoring and other services to patients.

ResearchKit also makes it easier to recruit participants for large-scale studies. For more about the ResearchKit, click HERE. ACSM Trustee Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., FACSM is featured in the ResearchKit promotional video.

Look for more from Nicole Keith about this event, including the response from the market and the research community, in next week's SMB.

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ACSM Annual Capitol Hill Day a Success
More than 45 ACSM member-advocates trekked to Capitol Hill to participate in ACSM's 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Day. Held in partnership with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the ACSM member-advocates met with members of Congress in both the House and Senate to discuss the Physical Activity Recommendations Act, the Carol M. White Physical Education Act (PEP) and the Personal Health Investment Today Bill (PHIT).

The Physical Activity Recommendations Act is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Aaron Schock (R-IL). Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) is expected to introduce the bill in the Senate. In more than 140 meetings, ACSM member-advocates garnered significant support for the three pieces of legislation which was presented as a way to lower obesity rates and health care costs while enhancing individual health and providing numerous cobenefits.

Dr. Geoffrey E Moore, MD, FACSM, president of Sustainable Health Systems and a member of ACSM’s Health Science and Policy Committee, was a participant in ACSM’s Capitol Hill Day and offers his perspective here.

For more information on the Physical Activity Recommendations legislation, Capitol Hill Day or ACSM's Advocacy Program, contact Monte Ward, vice president for government relations (

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Nominations for 2016 ACSM Honor and Citation Awards
The ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 Honor and Citation awards. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2015. For criteria and nomination process, click here.
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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Central Indiana Companies Create Active Workplaces
There has been a flurry of new research that points to sitting being "the new smoking." In light of this, local companies are taking actions to make their workforce more active, by providing options to stand or walk while working, instead of spending all day confined to a seated desk.

In the basement of the Fishers library, the entrepreneurial co-working space Launch Fishers caters to its 450 members with options for working that include standing desks and walking treadmill desks.

"When you sit for long periods of time, you stand up, you can feel it in your legs and in your backside — you get up and it's like you just sat on a plane for a couple of hours," says Launch Fishers member Brian Stasey.

Stasey expressed how necessary it was to find a workspace that allowed him to walk, sit or stand while working. He says he walks on the treadmill desk at Launch Fishers in 20-minute increments.

"So, I'm at 1.5 mph which is enough speed so I can feel like I’m doing something," says Stasey. "It's not so much that I feel like I’m going to fall off this thing. I can still type and be reasonably accurate."

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One Twin Exercises, the Other Doesn't
The New York Times
Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, according to a fascinating new study that highlights the extent to which exercise shapes our health, even in people who have identical genes and nurturing.

Determining the precise, long-term effects of exercise is surprisingly difficult. Most large-scale exercise studies rely on questionnaires or interviews and medical records to establish the role of exercise. But these epidemiological studies, while important and persuasive, cannot prove that exercise causes health changes, only that people who exercise tend to be healthier than those who do not.

To prove that exercise directly causes a change in people's bodies, scientists must mount randomized controlled trials, during which one group of people works out while a control group does not. But these experiments are complicated and costly and, even in the best circumstances, cannot control for volunteers’ genetics and backgrounds.

And genetics and upbringing matter when it comes to exercise. Genes affect our innate endurance capacity, how well we respond to different types of exercise, and whether we enjoy working out at all. Childhood environment also influences all of this, muddying the results of even well-conducted exercise experiments.

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The Biggest Fitness Trend of 2015
Golf Digest
Every year for the past nine years, the American College of Sports Medicine has surveyed thousands of health professionals around the globe to determine what's hot in exercise and what's not. For example, Zumba made the top-20 list in 2012 and 2013 but has since dropped off. The experts were asked to consider 39 possible trends for 2015 including the top 25 from last year. So what do the experts think is the big thing for this year?

Body-weight training.

Things like push-ups, planks and plyometrics are finally getting their due respect. It's not that people haven't been doing body-weight exercises for years, it's just that the most common perceptions people have of what constitutes a good workout have been things such as running on a treadmill, or circuit training on a row of muscle-specific machines in some big-box gym.

The simple truth is you don't need a $500-a-year gym membership to get fit, and the 3,400-plus respondents to the survey think people are finally catching on to this fact.

Here is ACSM's top 20 list for 2015.

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