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Active Voice: Physical Activity Promotes Healthy Brain Function?
Don’t-Miss Events at 2012 ACSM Meeting and World Congress on EIM
Policy Corner: FASEB Update on Federal Funding Bills
ACSM welcomes new Vice President for Evidence-Based Practice & Scientific Affairs, Dr. Lynette Craft
CEC Opportunity: Exercise is Medicine® Conference at the University of Kansas
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Physical Activity Promotes Healthy Brain Function?
By Rui Liu, Ph.D and Jim Laditka, D.A., Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Rui Liu, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on environmental factors, physical activity, and neurodegenerative disease outcomes. Jim Laditka, D.A., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Laditka worked with the CDC and the Alzheimer’s Association as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee that produced The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Roadmap for Maintaining Cognitive Health. This commentary presents Drs. Liu’s and Laditka’s views associated with the research article they and their colleagues published in the Feb.2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), titled “Cardiorespiratory Fitness as a Predictor of Dementia Mortality in Men and Women.”

In the report of our study, recently published in MSSE, we examined whether being physically active reduces the risk of dying with dementia. Nearly 60,000 participants completed a treadmill exercise test measuring cardio-respiratory fitness, an objective indicator of physical activity habits. We followed participants for an average of 17 years and then linked their data with the National Death Index to identify those who had died with dementia.

Based on the treadmill test, we ranked participants as least-fit, middle-fit, or high-fit. Compared to the least-fit, the middle- and high-fit had less than half the risk of dying with any type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The middle-fit had only about a quarter of the risk of dying with vascular dementia, the second most common type of dementia.

Don't-Miss Events at 2012 ACSM Meeting and World Congress on EIM
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The 59th ACSM Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching! (San Francisco, May 29-June 2.) It’s not too early to start planning your week now with ACSM’s handy Online Program Planner. Search for featured lectures, presenters, topics, abstracts, and generate an itinerary to ensure you don’t miss a single session that interests you.

This year’s Annual Meeting runs concurrently with the 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and features a special session by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and the announcement of an exciting new international institute regarding youth sports and safety. Along with hosting world class scientific educational opportunities, it is also a grand opportunity to meet with colleagues for business, research and social activities. For more information, download the Advance Program at www.acsmannualmeeting.org. See you in San Francisco!

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Policy Corner: FASEB Update on Federal Funding Bills
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society, has provided a recap of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees consideration of the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding bills. Despite the tight spending limits, there is some good news to share. More

ACSM welcomes new Vice President for Evidence-Based Practice & Scientific Affairs, Dr. Lynette Craft
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ACSM is pleased to announce that Lynette Craft, Ph.D., will join the organization’s staff as Vice President for Evidence-Based Practice & Scientific Affairs. Dr. Craft is currently an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, as well as a member of ACSM. Her research focuses on the mental and physical impact of exercise in individuals with clinical depression. More specifically, she studies the use of exercise as an adjunct to traditional treatments for depression and the mechanisms underlying the exercise-depression relationship. She has examined the role of physical activity in chronic disease prevention and has been investigating the ways in which regular physical activity contributes to chronic disease risk reduction among those with affective disorders.

At ACSM, Dr. Craft will be responsible for a diverse workload of great importance to the organization’s mission. She will coordinate a group of expert panels in all phases of developing highly influential evidence-based reports, known as ACSM Position Stands, which are systematic evidence-based and evidence-informed reviews that lead to major findings, developing an online resource center and evidence library for sports medicine and the exercise sciences and will provide scientific advice, counsel, and support to ACSM committees, members, and staff in other areas of relevance. Dr. Craft will join ACSM at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco and will officially start on staff full-time July 1.

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CEC Opportunity: Exercise is Medicine® Conference at the University of Kansas
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Kick off May is Exercise is Medicine® Month by registering now for a one-day conference on Exercise is Medicine on May 18, sponsored in part by the ACSM Central States Regional Chapter. Registration is FREE and participation is eligible for ACSM Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s). The keynote lecture will be delivered by Michael J. Joyner, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic.

For more information and agenda with speakers and topics, please download the program flier.

TO REGISTER, please e-mail sbillinger@kumc.edu.

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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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What If Your Kids Can't Keep Up?
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Early on, when my kids were young, I had a two-seat sport stroller that I could push them in while I went running. I could also tow them in it behind my bike. It was great, until my daughter realized she could whale the tar out of her older brother and there was no way for him to escape. And that was the end of that. Screams of terror ruin the Zen of exercise.

But while children can complicate the exercise lifestyle, thankfully it's a phase they'll grow out of.

And by the time they hit 9 or 10, there are more ways to get them exercising alongside you.

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Don't Get Sick at the Gym: 7 Ways to Prevent Infection
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dumbbells. Bike seats. Yoga mats. Hot tubs. Sweaty bodies. Shower floors. You go to the gym to get fit, not to get sick. But you could be exposing yourself to infection while you exercise—if you're not careful.

Upper respiratory tract infections are the likeliest threat, says Amesh Adalja, a board-certified physician specializing in infectious diseases and clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This risk for a cold or flu at gyms is similar to what you'd face in other public settings, says Adalja, but going to the gym can boost your odds of contracting MRSA (short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)—particularly if you participate in contact sports or share equipment. And while "staph" usually doesn't cause health problems—about 1 in 3 people carries it harmlessly—MRSA is scary, since it's immune to certain antibiotics, Adalja says.

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