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The Historic NIH Common Fund Announcement: Door to physical activity
  research and opportunities swings open
Content of ACSM Journals Now Available Free of Charge to Public, 12
  Months After Publication
Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2016 Annual Meeting/World Congresses: June 22
Legacy Members Meet at San Diego Annual Meeting
ACSM Announces Two New Partners: DuPont Nutrition & Health and Polar®
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


The Historic NIH Common Fund Announcement: Door to Physical Activity Research and Opportunities Swings Open
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 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.

Game-changer. Watershed moment. Key milestone. Turning point. Whatever you may call it, the positive ramifications of the decision cannot be overstated. I’m talking, of course, about last Thursday’s announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that physical activity research is being added to the NIH Common Fund.

For those unfamiliar with the fund, it encourages collaboration and supports a number of high-impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are designed to pursue major opportunities and gaps in biomedical research that no single NIH Institute could tackle alone, but that the agency as a whole can address to make the biggest impact possible on the progress of medical research. The NIH Common Fund was enacted by Congress in 2008 to support high priority and the most promising research areas in NIH. The inclusion of physical activity research in the Common Fund is important not only to the science and health communities, but to the elected U.S. leadership as well. It’s extraordinary in its significance for the future of the field.

Adding physical activity to the Common Fund will have a profound effect and create numerous opportunities for ACSM members. And while the decision to include physical activity research is exciting, the NIH’s long-term commitment is stunning. Over the next five years, NIH will invest $170 million in the physical activity research program - the largest targeted NIH investment of funds into the ways that physical activity improves health and prevents disease. ACSM is committed to keeping members informed about the new physical activity research program and the opportunities it will provide for research funding. At this time, request for applications (RFAs) are expected to be released next month.
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Content of ACSM Journals Now Available Free of Charge to Public 12 Months After Publication
Breaking news—ACSM manuscripts from all four journals, and the soon-to-be launched Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, will now be available to the public, beginning 12 months after the publication date of the article. ACSM's Board of Trustees voted last month to grant free online access to the journals to increase ACSM’s worldwide influence and make ACSM's important research and content more widely available. ACSM conducted a trial period with free access to MSSE articles earlier this year that was a success. To visit the journals websites, please visit the ACSM journals online:

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Current Sports Medicine Reports
ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®

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Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2016 Annual Meeting/World Congresses: June 22
Don't miss the session proposal deadline for the 63rd ACSM Annual Meeting, 7th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and Basic Science World Congress, which will be held May 31- June 4, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposals may be submitted online and are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, June 22. Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning in September.
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Legacy Members Meet at San Diego Annual Meeting
ACSM Legacy Members consist of living past presidents, past Honor Award recipients and past Wolffe Lecturers beginning 25 years after the end of the individual’s presidency, award or lecture. Legacy members were recognized at the beginning of the D.B. Dill Historical Lecture at the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting held in San Diego last month. Those in attendance pictured above include: Howard (Skip) Knuttgen, Ph.D., FACSM; Henry Miller, Jr., M.D., FACSM; James S. Skinner, Ph.D., FACSM; William L. Haskell, Ph.D., FACSM; Jerome A. Dempsey, Ph.D., FACSM; Charles M. Tipton, Ph.D., FACSM.
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ACSM Announces New Corporate Partners: DuPont Nutrition & Health and Polar®
ACSM has added two new corporate partners: DuPont Nutrition & Health, a premier specialty food ingredient and nutrition science leader to food, beverage and dietary supplement industries; and Polar®, the pioneer of heart rate monitors and wearable sports devices for fitness enthusiasts and athletes.

Both companies had a strong presence at ACSM’s 62nd Annual Meeting and 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue in San Diego from May 26-30. DuPont Nutrition and Health and Polar® also were supporters of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition held earlier this year.

In addition to supporting ACSM events, DuPont and Polar® will contribute educational content to ACSM certified health and fitness professionals via, continuing education webinars and peer-reviewed journal submissions to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®(MSSE), Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®.

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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Post-Cancer Fitness Brings New Life for Survivors
Two years ago, Allison Kashon tried to hit the gym three times a week. She rode her bike regularly and got her cardio in on treadmills and ellipticals.

All the stuff to keep a body healthy, she says.

But in December of 2013, the Longport resident had to look at her health in a whole new way.

She was diagnosed with stage1B triple negative breast cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy. Hardcore chemotherapy from March to mid-September left her body weak.

"I went in for my surgery, and after that I couldn't lift my arms," Kashon, 45, who went through a year of treatments, told The Press of Atlantic City ( ). "With the treatments, the doctors told me I would feel like I got hit by a truck. That's a gross understatement," she said.

"I felt like I got hit by a freight train."

Knowing what cancer might do to the body and mind, Kashon was determined to try to keep in shape.

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Moderate Exercise During Pregnancy Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes, Excessive Weight Gain
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Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes usually do so during their 24th week of pregnancy, reported the American Diabetes Association. It's one of the most frequent complications of pregnancy, in addition to excessive weight gain — both of which may be avoided with moderate exercise.

This idea comes from a newly published study in the BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; researchers systematically reviews more than 2,800 healthy pregnant women enrolled in exercise programs. Prior to these programs, women were getting little to no exercise. And after enrollment, they were getting moderate amounts.

Researchers found women working out reduced the risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 percent; women exercising throughout their entire pregnancy reduced their risk by 36 percent. Enrolled women, too, were an average two pounds lighter, especially if they started exercising during the second trimester of pregnancy. These effects were even greater when women combined toning, strength, flexibility, and aerobic exercise.

"Exercise is not something to be feared during pregnancy," Gema Sanabria- Martinez, from Virgen de la Luz Hospital, lead author of the study, said in a press release. "The moderate levels of exercise used in these studies had significantly positive effects on health and were found to be safe for both mother and baby."

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