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Active Voice: Does Exercise Protect Against Sleep Complaints During Middle Age?
Czech Republic wins World Medical Football Championships
  In Long Beach
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Program Now Available for Second Annual National Walking Summit
New ESSR Issue Online
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Active Voice: Does Exercise Protect Against Sleep Complaints During Middle Age?
By Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., FACSM, and Shawn D. Youngstedt, Ph.D.
Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D.,
Shawn D. Youngstedt,
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Professor Rod Dishman, Ph.D., FACSM, is an exercise scientist and is co-director of the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Georgia in Athens. One of his research lines has examined mental health outcomes associated with physical activity, focusing on neurobiological mechanisms. He chaired the mental health section of the scientific advisory committee for the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. He has been a member of ACSM since 1978. Professor Shawn Youngstedt, Ph.D., is a sleep scientist in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and with the program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Arizona State University in Phoenix. His research has focused on morbidities and mortality associated with sleep problems and non-pharmacologic means of improving sleep and mental health. His group has conducted research on the effects of exercise and bright light on insomnia, sleep apnea and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has been a member of ACSM since 1989.

This commentary presents the views of Drs. Dishman and Youngstedt on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues published in the May 2015 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).
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Czech Republic Wins World Medical Football Championships In Long Beach
The 2015 World Medical Football Championships and Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport concluded on July 4, with the Czech Republic team going home as the 2015 champion, defeating Hungary 4-2 on penalty kicks. The U.S. Medical Soccer Team, a key partner with the exercise is medicine global health initiative, which placed third, served as the proud host of the event in Long Beach, California. The tournament brought together more than over 600 physicians from around the country and the world for a week of soccer, medical education and community outreach. Look for a more in-depth report of the tournament in next week’s issue. SMB would also like to congratulate the U.S. women's national soccer team on its third World Cup victory.
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Registration scholarships are available. Please visit the Walking Summit scholarship page to find out more details and complete an application.

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New ESSR Issue Online
The July 2015 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) is online now! This month's featured free article is "The Ketogenic Diet and Sports: A Possible Marriage?" For all other articles in this issue, note that access to journal content published within the past 12 months varies by member type. For full access to this issue, ACSM professional members must login at the ACSM website and then click on the "Access My Journals" link.

Other articles in this month's issue include:
  • Commentaries: "Physical Activity and the Missing Calories” and “Ketogenic Diets for Fat Loss and Exercise Performance: Benefits and Safety?"
  • "Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and the Evolutionary Biology of Energy Balance"
  • "Pathways Mediating Activity-Induced Enhancement of Recovery From Peripheral Nerve Injury"
  • "Exercise and Estrogen Make Fat Cells 'Fit'"

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Which is More Effective for Weight Loss? Diet or Exercise?
If you're trying to lose weight, which one should you tackle first: diet or exercise? Research points to diet.

"If we're looking at which one is going to bring about the most weight loss in the shortest amount of time, then sure, nutrition and diet is going to play a bigger role," says Kara Mohr, Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and a behavioral weight loss expert.

A yearlong study done in 2011 put diet against exercise among post-menopausal women. After 12 months, it found the group of women who only changed their diet lost an average of 8.5 percent of their body weight. The group of women who only exercised – without changing their diet – lost 2.4 percent of their body weight. The third group that mixed both diet and exercise lost an average of 10.8 percent of their total weight.

"We know that a lot of time the activity that you’re doing is just not going to outweigh [the calories] you’re bringing in," says Fred Hoffman, owner of Fitness Resources Consulting Services and an international fitness expert.

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Benefits of Sports to a Child's Mind and Heart All Part of the Game
Amy Roegler and her husband, Octavio Herrera, live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. When it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says.

"We have a picture of him as a 3-month-old with a little Dodger jersey and a glove," Octavio says. "So he was definitely going to be introduced to sports early, and he took to it right away." Today 10-year-old Jake is on his baseball league's All-Star team.

Meanwhile his sister, 8-year-old Alyssa, has a passion for gymnastics. She, too, was a natural, her parents say — swinging on the monkey bars at age 2 and practicing splits on a balance beam today.

The parents know that the physical exercise their kids are getting is good for their health. But that's not their only motivation for encouraging the children to participate in organized athletics.

"When you do sports as a kid," Roegler says, "you learn how to win and how to lose. You learn what it's like to put in lots of work and have things not turn out terrifically. And you learn what it feels like to put in a lot of work — and then win."

"I think you can't teach those lessons," she says. "You have to experience them."

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