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Active Voice: How Many Daily Step Counts Do Kids Need?
IAWHP Webinar: Workplace Wellness into the 21st Century
Policy Corner: Make Positive Change in Health and Wellness through Grassroots Advocacy
XXXII FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine in Rome, Italy
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: How Many Daily Step Counts Do Kids Need?
By: Rachel C. Colley, 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.

Rachel C. Colley is a Junior Research Scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada. Her research focus includes the objective measurement of physical activity and the promotion of healthy lifestyles in overweight children and youth. See the May 2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) for a related methodological insight, titled “Daily Step Target to Measure Adherence to Physical Activity Guidelines in Children.”

It is well recognized that physical inactivity is a global public health problem and this reality has led to increased interest in its surveillance. New physical activity guidelines for children state that they should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day (World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology). Measurement of progress towards this target is needed at the population level to provide researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with the necessary information to assess the success or failure of strategies put in place to tackle the childhood inactivity crisis.

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IAWHP Webinar- Workplace Wellness into the 21st Century
IAWHP is an ACSM Affiliate Society
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It is unlikely that most companies will be successful going forward in today's competitive world economy unless they employ healthy, high-performing people. Since World War II, companies have focused their health related benefit designs on paying for sickness and health behaviors, which led to an unsustainable increase in costs. The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion is offering a webinar which focuses on transforming health from the 20th century assumptions to 21st century population health. It will demonstrate the cost of doing nothing, the business case (based upon over 200 research publications) for investing in population health management, and the five primary pillars to design a total transformational health management strategy. Dee W. Edington, Ph.D., founder of the Health Management Research Center at the University of Michigan, will present the webinar.

$25 USD for IAWHP members & $40 USD for non-IAWHP/public members. This cost is per registered phone line/internet connection. You may have multiple participants participate under a single registration.

Registration ends at 11:59pm U.S. Time on June 20, 2012.

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Policy Corner: Make Positive Change in Health and Wellness through Grassroots Advocacy
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At its core, advocacy is the process by which ordinary citizens influence public policy to better align with their needs and priorities. Many policies that relate to the ACSM mission are set by elected leaders, such as federal legislation (e.g. federal physical activity guidelines or funding for research), state laws (e.g. regulation of health professions or appropriations for school wellness programs) and local ordinances (e.g. requirements for bike lanes as part of new road construction). ACSM’s policy agenda reflects evidence-base proposals to improve public health, reduce health care costs and boost individual quality of life. The data are clear, and mountains of personal or anecdotal evidence demonstrate the health benefits of active lifestyles. Nonetheless, with so many issues competing for attention and so many priorities competing for funding, vigorous advocacy is essential to bring these issues to the forefront.

As an expert in your field, you can play an important role in health and wellness policy. The opportunities are endless:
  • Creating and responding to emailed or online Action Alerts, telling elected officials their constituents support specific provisions in legislation.
  • Writing letters to the editors of newspapers to support local policy initiatives.
  • Meeting with elected officials and their staff to discuss legislation.
  • Using communication channels such as corporate newsletters or email signatures to send information relating to ACSM policy priorities.
  • Speaking up at meetings of school boards, zoning boards, etc.
  • Demonstrating widespread employee support for workplace wellness programs.
To learn more about ACSM's policy initiatives, please contact Monte Ward, ACSM’s Director of Government Relations.


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XXXII FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine in Rome, Italy
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The XXXII FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine will be held September 27-30, 2012 in Rome, Italy. The theme of the World Congress is Sports Medicine: The challenge for global health: Quo Vadis? The FIMS World Congress of Sports Medicine will be hosted by the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI). Plenary sessions will cover topics such as molecular biology in sports medicine, lifestyle intervention for non-communicable diseases-the role of sport and exercise medicine, physical activity, heart and health, and many other topics related to exercise science and medicine.

To learn more or to register, log on to www.fimsroma2012.org.

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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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Moderation as the Sweet Spot for Exercise
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For people who exercise but fret that they really should be working out more, new studies may be soothing. The amount of exercise needed to improve health and longevity, this new science shows, is modest, and more is not necessarily better.

That is the message of the newest and perhaps most compelling of the studies, which was presented on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Francisco. For it, researchers at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and other institutions combed through the health records of 52,656 American adults who’d undergone physicals between 1971 and 2002 as part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. Each participant completed physical testing and activity questionnaires and returned for at least one follow-up visit.


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Exercise More Important Than Diet in Children's Body Fat
Medscape Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How much of a child's body is fat and how much is lean depends more on physical activity than on diet, researchers reported here at the American College of Sports Medicine 59th Annual Meeting.

A study of 734 middleclass Australian children of average weight showed that those with a higher ratio of fat to lean were more active, but actually consumed fewer calories.

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