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ACSM Officer Perspective: Highlighting the Role of a Vice President for Membership and Relationships
New Travel Award Available: Dr. Lisa Krivickas Clinician/Scholar Travel Award
Policy Corner: You're Invited to the Congressional Briefing on The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Register for Annual Meeting Today and Save!
Exercise is Medicine to Launch new Campus Recognition Program Online
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ACSM Officer Perspective: Highlighting the Role of a Vice President for Membership and Relationships
By Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LDN, FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LDN, FACSM, is professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Her degrees are in both Nutrition and Exercise Physiology; she also is ACSM Exercise Specialist® certified and a Registered Dietitian. Dr. Volpe is presently a Vice President of the ACSM and also an associate editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®.

This year SMB is extending invitations to ACSM Vice Presidents (VP) and other key elected officers, asking them to share highlights of their service experiences and notable initiatives involving one or more committees for which they have Board of Trustees' oversight responsibilities. These will be "ACSM Officer Perspectives" and similar in purpose to the perspectives columns authored by ACSM Presidents that have appeared each year in SMB. Dr. Volpe's responsibilities as VP for Membership and Relationships include liaison relationships with the committees for Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership, Credentials, International Relations, Membership, Regional Chapters, and Student Affairs, among others.

In 2008, I was elected to serve on ACSM's Board of Trustees (BOT), which is a three-year term. Then, in 2012, I was elected to be a vice president for ACSM. Duties for both roles differ. With the vice president's role, there are more oversight duties that are assigned to you than as a Board of Trustee member. With this, it has allowed me to learn even more about ACSM. In particular, I have learned a great deal about the “inner workings” of some of these committees.

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New Travel Award Available: Dr. Lisa Krivickas Clinician/Scholar Travel Award

The American College of Sports Medicine Foundation is offering a new award opportunity to fund travel expenses for one female applicant to present her scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting. One $1,000 USD award will be given. ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health, and Disease, will take place in Orlando, Florida from May 27 – May 31, 2014. To view requirements and apply, click here. Deadline to apply is April 25.
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Policy Corner: ACSM to Host Congressional Briefing on the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

ACSM will host a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on April 29th to announce the release of the 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The briefing is supported by the Congressional Fitness Congress, co-chaired by Representative Ron Kind and Representative Aaron Schock. It will be held Tuesday, April 29th at 2:30 pm in 1312 Longworth HOB.

The primary goal of the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and related health outcomes. The Report Card is an authoritative, evidence-based document providing a comprehensive evaluation of the physical activity levels and the indicators influencing physical activity among children and youth in the United States. Peter Katzmarzyk, FACSM, served as the chair of the research advisory committee for this project and Russ Pate, FACSM, also served on the research committee.

Please contact ACSM's VP of Governmental Affairs, Monte Ward, with any questions at

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Attend the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference in the world. With 12 topical tracks, including Exercise is Medicine®, attendees of more than 70 disciplines come together from around the globe to share new clinical techniques, scientific advancements and cutting-edge research in sports medicine, exercise science, physical activity and public health. Register by April 23 for maximum savings.

New and exciting for 2014 — ACSM is offering a focused meeting series within the overall conference that enhances basic science programming. This series will be differently themed each year, but always focused on a progressive area of molecular and cellular research with integrative and translational dimensions, highlighting cutting-edge basic science research that has far-reaching application: bench-to-bedside, bench-to-sideline, or bench-to-sidewalk. For 2014, attendees will benefit from a don't-miss complementary program that highlights the role of inflammation in the future of medicine and the prevention of injury and disease from the cell to the system. Check out the 2014 Preview Program, or go to the Annual Meeting website to register today.

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Exercise is Medicine to Launch new Campus Recognition Program

Join the Exercise is Medicine team at Annual Meeting for the Launch of the new EIM on Campus Recognition Program. EIM on Campus was launched in May 2009 to promote EIM's guiding principles across campuses nationwide and globally and engage students, faculty and staff.

The new recognition program will highlight or reward the work already done on many campuses and give new participants the opportunity to be involved at multiple levels. Exercise is Medicine will be hosting an EIM on Campus talk on Thursday, May 29 from 8:00 – 10:00 am at the Rosen Center. This is a great opportunity to learn more about EIM on Campus if you are a member of a campus community. For more information, please contact Jennifer Pesarchick, Exercise is Medicine Program Coordinator, at

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Regular Exercise Changes the Brain to Improve Memory, Thinking Skills
Harvard Health Blog
There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here's another one, which especially applies to those of us (including me) experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.

In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not have the same results. The results were published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The finding comes at a critical time. Researchers say one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally. They estimate that by the year 2050, more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide.

Exercise and the brain

As I write in the May 2014 Harvard Health Letter, exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means. The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors — chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.

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Why Getting Fit Gets Easier on a Good Night's Sleep
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A couple of years ago I had the bad luck to catch a virus that my two year old daughter picked up at her daycare. Thankfully she only got a mild cold. I got viral myocarditis — basically the virus went into my heart and caused loads of very painful inflammation.

Until that point I was doing reasonably well with sticking to an exercise routine. But after the illness I could barely walk up a flight of stairs. And if I did make it up the stairs I'd have to rest for a few minutes to recover. Suddenly I was in the worst shape of my life.

So as an exercise physiologist I decided to use myself as a test subject and experiment. I went back to my research and explored what was needed to get back into good physical condition as fast as I could, and to lose as much body fat as possible. I wanted to get fit and get lean.

The few weeks I was laid up in bed recovering from the virus I checked out as many research papers as I could. What I discovered was not what I expected. Apparently, the first thing I needed to do was sleep more. Believe it or not to build the foundation for a better, healthier life we need to be better rested.

I hear what you're thinking. It's easy to talk about getting more rest while you're lying in a hospital bed for weeks. In the real world there just isn't enough time to get everything done and sleep well. Work, family and exercise is sometimes more than many people can handle at once. But the research clearly shows that if we take a bit more time to sleep, so many things that people want to achieve in life become possible. Let's take losing body fat as an example.

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