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Active Voice: Get Stronger to Stay Independent Longer
Surgeon General Supports Exercise is Medicine™ as Part of Her Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation
Policy Corner: Briefing Congress on Childhood Obesity, Health Disparities, Physical Activity
Free Webinar July 21: Measurement of Active & Sedentary Behaviors
GAO Report Confirms Disparities in Opportunities for Sports & Exercise for Students with Disabilities
Discounts on Annual Meeting/World Congress Session DVDs
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Active Voice: Get Stronger to Stay Independent Longer
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Active Voice is a column by ACSM experts in science, medicine, and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Teresa Merrick, Ph.D., is an ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist as well as a Masters Powerlifter and highland games competitor in the Omaha, Nebraska area. Her research focus includes promoting strength exercise, both in healthy adults and in those with special medical conditions, through education of both physicians and the adults themselves.

When Dr. Walter Bortz II, eminent geriatric expert and author of “Dare to Be 100”, first appeared at ACSM’s Health and Fitness Summit in 2002, he said something that galvanized my thinking: The biggest predictor of whether you’ll end up in a nursing home is not the strength of your heart; it’s the strength of your legs.

The reason should be obvious to exercise professionals: your legs can make your heart stronger, but your heart can never make your legs stronger.

Surgeon General Supports Exercise is Medicine™ as Part of Her Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation
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In a recent commentary for Medscape, an online resource for health care providers, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, discussed her Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation and how Exercise is Medicine plays an important role. Dr. Benjamin discusses physical activity as an integral part of health and well-being and calls on a range of partners to take action against the inactivity epidemic.

"That is why I am asking healthcare organizations across this country to join the Exercise is Medicine initiative,” Dr. Benjamin said. “Exercise is Medicine strives to provide the essential connection between clinicians, fitness professionals, and the public, so that everyone can receive the guidance they need to stay healthy and active."

In Baltimore June 2, Dr. Benjamin accepted an invitation to serve as honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine. To see her full commentary and much more content, please visit the ACSM Exercise and Sports Medicine Resource Center on the Medscape website.

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Policy Corner: Briefing Congress on Childhood Obesity, Health Disparities, Physical Activity
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NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, was among those who briefed Congressional staff on physical activity, nutrition, childhood obesity and health disparities June 30. More than 150 legislative directors, health aides and other staff attended at the invitation of Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio-11th). Keith’s presentation concerned the strategic role of schools in addressing childhood obesity.

In addition to ACSM, other organizations represented at the briefing were:
  • Feeding America
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Indian Health Board
  • Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio
Advocates for health, wellness, physical activity, nutrition and youth are planning a range of promotions and activities to mark the first observance National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month this September, as called for in legislation recently passed by Congress.

Also on June 30, Keith and ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead visited the offices of Reps. Elijah Cummings (MD-7th), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th) and Danny Davis (IL-7th) to discuss policy priorities including childhood obesity and the National Physical Activity Plan. Discussion with Congressman Davis was especially relevant in regard to his keen interest in community-based promotion of physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

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Free Webinar July 21: Measurement of Active & Sedentary Behaviors
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Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods
12:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, July 21

No single measure can capture physical activity perfectly. Development of self-report methods has been a persistent and evolving pursuit. Measures vary in how they quantify a broad range of health-related and behavioral constructs, from physiologic response to exercise, to participation in specific types of activities, to patterns of usual lifestyle behaviors. An additional challenge for measuring active and sedentary behaviors by self-report is creating instruments that are relevant in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

This six-part webinar will provide:
  • an overview of physical activity as a multidimensional health behavior
  • an in-depth review of methods to measure active and sedentary behaviors by self-report
  • an exploration of important issues when assessing physical activity in diverse populations
There is no fee to register for the webinar.

Information and registration: www.nccor.org.

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention
American College of Sports Medicine
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

GAO Report Confirms Disparities in Opportunities for Sports & Recreation for Students with Disabilities
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Advocates for sports, physical activity, health and disability rights got a boost June 23 with the release of a report showing students with disabilities participate in athletics at consistently lower rates than students without disabilities. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) conducted the study at the behest of more than 100 organizations united as the Alliance for Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities. The results underscore the need to address gaps in access, services and opportunities so that all Americans can be physically active. Strategies to address such disparities are central to the National Physical Activity Plan, which is moving into the implementation phase. More

Order before August 31 and Receive 30% Off Annual Meeting/World Congress Session DVDs!
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Pre-orders are now being taken for Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine DVDs. Sessions are being edited and authored by Healthy Learning into comprehensive DVDs (including the accompanying PowerPoints).

And, as a special pre-order offer, Healthy Learning is pleased to offer you a 30% discount on all 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting DVDs if you submit your order and payment before August 31, 2010.

View available sessions and order using one of the forms below:

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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.


Get Moving: Cancer Survivors Urged to Exercise
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Cancer survivors, better work up a sweat. New guidelines are urging survivors to exercise more, even -- hard as it may sound -- those who haven't yet finished their treatment. There's growing evidence that physical activity improves quality of life and eases some cancer-related fatigue. More, it can help fend off a serious decline in physical function that can last long after therapy is finished. More

A Little Biking May Help Premenopausal Women Stay Slim
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Riding a bike is as effective as walking briskly at helping premenopausal women keep from gaining more weight, a new study reveals. Biking is particularly helpful at keeping pounds off such women who are overweight or obese, said study lead author Anne C. Lusk, a research fellow in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. More
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