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Active Voice: Social Media in the Classroom - Perhaps more than just "Social"
Register Now: National Open Streets Training
Policy Corner: We Need Your Help to Gain Support for U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines
Check Out New ACSM Journal Content Today
Clinical Members: Register Now for 2nd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit 2013
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Active Voice: Social Media in the Classroom – Perhaps more than just "Social"
By Yuri Feito, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Yuri Feito, Ph.D., M.P.H., ACSM-RCEP, CES, is an assistant professor of exercise science at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA. He is a proponent of social media to provide a ‘bridge’ between scientific knowledge and skill application for his students. Dr. Feito, an ACSM member, earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His current research interests include the role of social media as a pedagogical tool to promote engagement and professional collaboration among students and peers.

This commentary, along with two others scheduled to appear in SMB this summer, relate to a special symposium on the topic of teaching innovations in exercise science that Dr. Feito and two of his ACSM colleagues presented as part of the 2013 program at the Annual Meeting of the SEACSM.

Over the last decade, the use of social media has increased substantially with sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest among the most popular. Today, most young adults are online and regularly browse the World Wide Web. As expected, these young adults lead the way using wireless technologies, and over 50% have access to the Web on a portable device such as a laptop or cell phone. This trend may not change any time soon, as one in every four teens connects to the Internet mostly using a cell phone.

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  • Register Now: National Open Streets Training

    Imagine if your local main street were temporarily closed to car traffic to make way for walking, biking and playing. How great would it be to see families biking and walking in normally traffic-clogged streets?

    Now is your chance to jump-start Open Streets in your community. ACSM is teaming up with our partners at the Open Streets Project to hold the first-ever National Open Streets Training in Minneapolis, August 9th - 11th.

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    Policy Corner: We Need Your Help to Gain Support for U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines

    Your senators and representative need to hear from you regarding physical activity guidelines legislation. Can you take a moment and ask your senators/representative to co-sponsor federal physical activity guidelines legislation?

    Senators Harkin and Wicker introduced the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act (S. 531) in the Senate and Representatives Kind and Schock introduced the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act (H.R. 2179) in the House. The bills are identical and would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prepare and promote physical activity guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence at least every ten years.

    S. 531/H.R. 2179 would also direct HHS, five years after the release of each set of guidelines, to publish a midcourse report highlighting best practices and continuing issues relating to physical activity among Americans. Given the strong base of science and medicine that shows the benefits of exercise, every American needs to know the current physical activity recommendations to promote health and combat obesity.

    Please click here to ask your senators/representative to support S. 531/H.R. 2179. Feel free to use the sample language provided, or to edit the subject and text to reflect your individual views. Thank you for taking this step in the interest in better health and fitness for all Americans.

    For more information on ACSM's policy program, please contact Monte Ward, vice president for government relations:

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    Check Out New ACSM Journal Content Today

    July issue ESSR available online
    The July 2013 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is available online now! Go to the Web site to view the articles*, which cover a variety of topics, and to view the online-only content. The Journal Club questions are posted so make sure to download and review them with the covered article, "Anabolic Resistance of Muscle Protein Synthesis with Aging" by Nicholas A. Burd, Stefan H. Gorissen, and Luc J.C. van Loon. The article is available for download FREE for only a limited time!

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    The free featured articles for the July/August issue include, "THE WAITING GAME: Return to Play and Training After Concussion," by Gregory R. Waryasz, MD, CSCS and Robert Tambone, M.S., and the On the Floor column, "Balance Tune Up! Conduct a Symphony of Moves with Maestro David Dworkin," by Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., FACSM, RCEP. The articles are available free of charge on the journal’s website until August 24, so download your copies today.

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    Please join other physicians and healthcare associates who treat athletes at the 2nd Annual Sports Cardiology Summit 2013 (offered in cooperation with ACSM) scheduled for October 4-5 at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Attendees will engage in stimulating discussions with expert faculty who will debate and present relevant case studies and up-to-date findings on cardiovascular care for athletes. Course topics include pre-participation CVD screening, epidemiology of sudden death, syncope in athletes and exercise prescription. The knowledge, awareness and competency gained through the Sports Cardiology Summit will enable participants to make critical decisions to prevent tragic events, especially sudden death — the most devastating occurrence in sports.

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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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    Bike Sharing Offers Big Fitness Benefits for the Little Commute
    With bike sharing plans rolling on asphalt from New York City to Budapest, experts say city streets are becoming as fitness-friendly as country trails.

    Even short cycling jaunts can make a difference in the health of city dwellers.

    "If you were driving a car and switched to biking, that 10 minutes going and coming a day would be a big deal," said Dr. Robert Oppliger, an exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.

    Oppliger, an avid cyclist, said even a two-to-three-mile (3.2-to-4.8-km) spin can yield significant health benefits.

    "There's a lot of information coming out on something called active transport that compares traveling by bike or public transit to traveling by car," he said. "The benefits are significant the more mobile you are."

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    Just Playing is Solution to Poor Health and Obesity
    The Daily Journal (New Jersey)
    The U.S. is not alone in facing an epidemic of poor health and obesity. These problems are worldwide. Fortunately, an important solution is just as universal and also quite enjoyable.

    Physical activity — sports, exercise, active transit and active play — is as vital to health as good nutrition. As physicians, we've seen how much better our patients feel when they get the recommended amount of physical activity (150 minutes per week for adults; 300 for children). This is an easy way to improve and maintain health, with co-benefits such as cost savings, better social interactions and improved cognitive performance.

    The U.S. Medical Soccer Team is preparing to compete in the World Medical Football Championships June 29-July 7 in Budapest. We and our fellow physicians hope to do our country proud, but we also hope to model the joys of being active for health. We’ve maintained our love of soccer from childhood. As busy as we are, we make time for sport and physical activity in our daily lives.

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