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In this issue:

Active Voice: ACSM President-Elect's Priorities for the Year Ahead
ACSM meeting with U.S. Surgeon General on Friday
ACSM Plans for Honoring the Memory and Achievements of Jack Wilmore
IOM Releases New Report Called Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress
Be Active During Screen Free Week
Proposals Due for 2016 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit and Exposition Next Week
ACSM Annual Meeting Updates; Still Time to Register
Written Comment Period for New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Extended to May 8
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: ACSM President-Elect's Priorities for the Year Ahead
By Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

ACSM President Elect Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor and director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Much of his research has focused on human fluid-electrolyte balance and effects of dehydration and fluid consumption on physiological responses and physical performance in athletic, firefighting and military contexts. In recent years, he has completed research studies that focused on effects of mild dehydration on cognitive performance and mood in men and women and on hydration status of women across the term of pregnancy and during breastfeeding.

Dr. Armstrong was elected to the National ACSM Board of Trustees, 2006-08, and has served on the ACSM Administrative Council since 2012. He has served on nine national ACSM committees and as a writing group member of three ACSM position stands. Since 1981, Dr. Armstrong has presented and chaired more than 25 free communications, posters, colloquia, tutorials and symposia at National ACSM meetings. He was an editorial board member of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® from 2000-2012. He also served the New England Chapter of ACSM as president in 1991 and received the 1996 Honor Award from NEACSM. In this commentary, Dr. Armstrong shares his priorities for ACSM during his upcoming presidency.

In 2015-2016, I plan to stimulate growth and involvement within three important domains of the ACSM membership: students and professionals from underrepresented minorities, international members and ACSM regional chapters. First, having been involved in the Leadership & Diversity Training Program (L&DTP) for several years now, I will fully support this effective and successful mentoring process. The goals of the L&DTP are to mentor and retain minority members by involvement in ACSM meetings (regional and national) and committees, to engage them in ACSM publications and presentations and to encourage these members to pursue ACSM Fellowship. The program also provides mentors at each of three career stages and provides funding to allow participants to remain involved with ACSM from student membership to ACSM Fellowship. I plan to seek ways to move L&DTP graduates into the central planning and leadership of ACSM.
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ACSM Meeting with U.S. Surgeon General on Friday
ACSM President Carol Ewing Garber, CEO Jim Whitehead and VP For Governmental Relations Monte Ward will meet with the U.S. Surgeon General this week. A key focus will be the upcoming Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkability. ACSM has played a substantial leadership role since the idea of a call to action on physical activity was proposed to previous Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. A report will follow in next week's SMB.

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ACSM Plans for Honoring the Memory and Achievements of Jack Wilmore
Jack H. Wilmore, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM president in 1978-79, was a gifted scholar, educator and leader. An In Memoriam story about Jack was reported in SMB last November, sadly noting his passing and sharing comments of close colleagues who reflected on his extensive contributions to exercise science and personal qualities that endeared him to so many in our field.

At the upcoming Annual Meeting, ACSM will honor Dr. Wilmore's memory and achievements with a special event to be held from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th at the San Diego Convention Center. This event will be open to all attendees. Look for notice of the room location when you arrive to pick up registration materials at the convention center. Speakers at this event will include former ACSM presidents and other leaders who were among Jack's closest colleagues and friends. Jack’s wife and daughters will attend also. Friday afternoon, May 29th, a reception will be held at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel for all who might wish to speak with Jack's family. The tentative time is 4:00 p.m., but check onsite at the registration area for further details.

With Jim Skinner's (ACSM president 1979-80) leadership, ACSM has established the Jack Wilmore Legacy Fund. As with other endowments memorializing past ACSM leaders, this fund will provide annual assistance to doctoral students or young investigators who have had their research abstracts accepted for the annual meeting. Those wishing to contribute to the Jack Wilmore Legacy Fund may do so online by going to the Endowments and Funds webpage on the ACSM website. For those intending to apply for assistance through this fund, visit the Endowments webpage after September 1st, 2015 for details.

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IOM Releases New Report Called Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress
Thousands of measures are in use today to assess health and health care in the United States. Although many of these measures provide useful information, their sheer number, as well as their lack of focus, consistency, and organization, limits their overall effectiveness in improving performance of the health system. To achieve better health at lower cost, all stakeholders—including health professionals, payers, policy makers, and members of the public—must be alert to the measures that matter most. What are the core measures that will yield the clearest understanding and focus on better health and well-being for Americans?

With support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a committee to identify core measures for health and health care. In VITAL SIGNS: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress, the committee proposes a streamlined set of 15 standardized measures, with recommendations for their application at every level and across sectors. Ultimately, the committee concludes that this streamlined set of measures could provide consistent benchmarks for health progress across the nation and improve system performance in the highest-priority areas. Read the full report.

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Be Active During Screen-Free Week
This week, join thousands of schools, libraries and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active and to spend more time with friends and family.

On average, preschool children spend more than four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend more than seven hours a day, including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance and problems with attention span.

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Proposals Due Next Week for 2016 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit and Exposition
Don't miss out on your chance to present at the 2016 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. The 2016 summit will be in Orlando, Florida, from March 29 - April 1.

Presenting at the ACSM Summit is a great way to build your professional network, share your ideas and research, and earn CEC's along the way.

Submit your proposal online no later than May 15. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be no later than September 1. Submit your Summit proposal online.

The due date to submit a proposal for the 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting is also approaching on June 22. More information is available here.

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ACSM Annual Meeting Updates; Still Time to Register
If you're not registered for the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting beginning May 26 in San Diego, Calif., There’s still time! Visit for more information or to register.

Sign Up for Padres Game Hosted by SWACSM
The Southwest ACSM Regional Chapter invites you to an evening at the ballpark as the San Diego Padres take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park on Friday, May 29th during the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting.

The game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. local time. ACSM's reserved ticket block is in the "all you can eat" section 125. Ticket holders in this section enjoy unlimited quantities of hot dogs, fresh-popped popcorn, peanuts, bottled soda and bottled water, all included in the price of your ticket. Food service begins when the gates open and continues until two hours after the game begins.

The cost, per person, for a game ticket in the reserved ACSM block is USD$28.50. Reservations with payment will be accepted through Monday, May 11, 2015, or until tickets run out. Payment by check must accompany reservations. Ticket information will be forwarded via e-mail when the form and payment are received.

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A Few Spots Remain in ACSM Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall
Only a few spots remain in the ACSM Exhibit Hall. Reserve your organization's spot today. Click here for more information or to become an exhibitor.

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Written Comment Period for New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Extended to May 8
The "Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee" is now available. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments to the federal government on the Advisory Report. The period for written comments was extended to 11:59 p.m. E.D.T. on May 8, 2015.
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Which organization served as a model for ACSM's Constitution and Bylaws?
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Health Report Card: Obesity in Mobile County, Alabama, Increases
This week when a number of community groups took part in the "National Walk at Lunch Day," a grim statistic loomed over Mobile County. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its county report card last month and the residents here — for lack of a better word — put on a few more pounds.

Adult obesity increased by two percentage points, so now 36 percent of residents have a body mass index over 30. Close to a quarter of all people said they smoked, unchanged from the 24 percent counted the year before. And the county's overall rank for health behaviors was 47, much lower than other counties with a large metro area.

"What's disturbing, I think, is that the national average and even the state, either they're leveling off or they're declining and Mobile hasn't," said Mary Mullins, project director for Live Better Mobile. But the obesity number stood out the most.

"And if you look at the report card and if you look at all the other major counties where there's other major metropolitans — cities like Birmingham or Huntsville or Montgomery — they're no where near as poor as we are in this respect."

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A Recovery Ice Bath Isn't (Always) Such a Good Idea
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You exercise you feel sore. Eight to 24 hours later, when soreness lessens, you exercise some more. For any athlete in training, delayed onset muscle soreness is a familiar companion. It happens because microtrauma in the muscle causes an inflammatory response that's sometimes maddeningly painful. Ice baths or other types of cold therapy done after training promise to speed recovery — and dull the pain — so athletes can get back to doing hard workouts faster. But an increasing body of evidence suggests that cold can quash performance gains.

As early as 2006, exercise physiologist Motoi Yamane and researchers at Chukyo University in Aichi, in Japan, found that icing leg muscles after cycling or forearm handgrip exercises interfered with performance gains. Recently Yamane published a follow-up study at Aichi Mizuho College — again, using weighted handgrip exercises — that corroborates his earlier results: RICE is disadvantageous after training and messes with both muscular and vascular adaptations of resistance training.

Exercise physiologist Jonathan Peake and his colleagues at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia agree. They're among the latest researchers to test ice baths on athletes. In a recent study presented as an abstract at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine conference, the researchers put two groups of young men on a bi-weekly resistance-training program. The first group took ice baths after each training session (ten minutes in water at around 50 degrees), while the other group did a low-intensity active warm-down on a bicycle. It turned out that icing suppressed the cell-signaling response that regulates muscle growth. Three months later, the scientists found that the ice-bath group didn’t gain nearly as much muscle as the bicycle warm-down group.

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