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A Talk with President-Elect Rankin: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®
Mid-April Deadlines to Nominate for 2012 Odyssey, 2013 Honor/Citation Awards
Policy Corner: Capitol Journal Offers a Buffet of State Politics
National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils Launches Multi-Million-Dollar Youth Fitness Campaign
Exercise is Medicine Seeks Program Officer
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®
A Talk with ACSM President-Elect Janet W. Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM
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Janet W. Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, is Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as Associate Dean of the Graduate School. As our ACSM President-elect, Dr. Rankin this year chairs the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee. With her leadership and the support of that capable team, she is developing a cohesive and diverse program of research and educational content for our 2012 Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, which will be held in San Francisco from May 29 – June 2. Each President-Elect creates a unique focus for the Annual Meeting program that can, in part, highlight some of her or his leadership objectives for the College.

Dr. Rankin: One of the principal and most exciting roles of the ACSM President-elect is to chair the program committee for the Annual Meeting. I wanted to share the ACSM process as well as some of the highlights of the upcoming meeting.

SMB: How many people come and who are they?
Dr. Rankin: We had over 6000 attendees at last year’s annual meeting in Denver, with almost 1200 students and 1300 international attendees from over 60 countries. We expect more for San Francisco!

SMB: How many proposals were submitted for tutorials and symposia?
Dr. Rankin: Over 300 proposals were submitted for consideration. Since most of the proposals submitted are outstanding, the committee must consider issues such as relevance, timeliness, state-of-the art, overlap with other sessions, and quality of speakers in making selections.

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Mid-April Deadlines to Nominate for 2012 Odyssey, 2013 Honor/Citation Awards
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Honor/Citation Award Nominations Due April 15
The ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee is accepting nominations electronically for the 2013 Honor/Citation Awards. These awards recognize those who have made outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. Recipients of these awards will be honored during the banquet at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Deadline is April 15, 2012. Click here for more information.

Odyssey Award Nominations Due April 16
In 2010, ACSM and the CDC/WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health initiated the Odyssey Award to recognize an individual who exemplifies outstanding achievement in global physical activity promotion. The 2011 and 2010 awards were presented to Steve Blair and Jasem Ramadan, respectively.

The winner of the 2012 Odyssey Award will receive a trophy and cash award of $4,000. If you’d like to nominate someone for this year’s award, please email Jim Whitehead (jwhitehead@acsm.org) and/or Becky Lankenau (blankenau@cdc.gov) by Monday, April 16. Nominations should include the nominee’s résumé and should respond to the following:
  1. Describe the key contributions to global physical activity promotion made by the nominee in the past ten years.
  2. Describe the significant global physical activity promotion efforts in which the nominee will likely be involved in the next five years.
  3. Summarize in one paragraph why you believe the nominee is particularly deserving of this award.
Please note that individuals who were nominated in past years but did not win, will automatically be included in the pool of nominees for the 2012 award.

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Policy Corner: Capitol Journal Offers a Buffet of State Politics
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The nuances of state politics are noxious to some, manna to others. The latter will find a feast in the online newsletter State Net Capitol Journal. Published by the firm behind the state-legislative monitoring service to which ACSM subscribes, the Journal covers budgets & taxes, politics and other issues in the 50 states. Standing features include “Hot issues,” “In case you missed it” and “Once around the statehouse lightly.”

Register for a complimentary subscription at www.statenet.com.


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National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Launches Multi-Million-Dollar Youth Fitness Campaign
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The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is launching a campaign to recognize elementary and middle schools for promoting physical fitness and wellness to students. The top three schools in each state will be honored as National Champion Schools and receive state-of-the-art Live PositivelyTM Fitness Centers through a program announced last week. ACSM is a partner organization of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, which is chaired by Jake Steinfeld.

This year, the first 15 fitness centers will be built in California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Nominations for schools seeking the award are open now. More information and an online nomination form are available at www.nationalgovcouncil.com.

Exercise is Medicine Seeks Program Officer
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As Exercise is Medicine® continues to grow as an internationally significant initiative, we are pleased to announce the search for an extraordinary professional to serve as Program Officer.

Description: Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is a Global Health Initiative that is committed to the goal of improving public and patient health, and transforming health care systems in the United States and worldwide. This is being achieved by making physical activity integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and regularly assessed as part of medical care, with physical activity becoming a “vital sign” within the US and international health care systems. An ultimate vision for EIM is that no patient leaves a health care provider’s office without an assessment of his/her physical activity and receives either an exercise prescription, a referral to a qualified health fitness or allied health professional and other appropriate resources for further counseling.

This professional position requires a Master’s degree, with a terminal degree preferred - ideally in public health, although a physical activity related field will also be considered. Reporting to the Vice President, Exercise is Medicine, this position’s responsibilities will have both international and domestic responsibilities.

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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.

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Strength Training Does a Young Body Good, Too
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Health and fitness experts say more teens, athletes and non-athletes, as well as their younger siblings, should follow Suzie's and Garrett's example, because a supervised, age-appropriate strength-training program can do them all good.

Some parents may wonder whether weight training can harm young muscles, but the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine are among the major medical groups that endorse strength training (also referred to as resistance training) as a beneficial activity for young, developing bodies. It increases muscle strength and endurance; improves motor skills, performance in sports and overall fitness; and may protect muscles and joints from some sports-related injuries, they say.

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Study: Students Do Better on Tests after Physical Activity
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If you're looking to boost your child's grades, getting them out of the classroom may be a good idea.

A new study in the March issue of "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise" says physical activity right before a test helps kids do better by increasing blood flow to the brain and releasing good hormones to balance mood and help with concentration.

Abilities to process increased by 10 percent and concentration increased, too.

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