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Active Voice: Physical Activity Reduces Stroke Risk: Research Bolsters EIM
Policy Corner: Speak up to Ensure NIH Funding
Just Published: Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
Editorial Manager Brings Online Submission to ACSM Journals
United Health Foundation Gets Behind Exercise is Medicine™
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Active Voice: Physical Activity Reduces Stroke Risk: Research Bolsters EIM
by Steven N. Blair, PED, FACSM and John C. Sieverdes, MS
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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. NOTE: The research discussed in the following feature was presented at the 57th ACSM Annual Meeting June 2-5, 2010.

John C. Sieverdes, MS, is a doctoral student in the Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina at Columbia. His research focus involves strength, fitness, and physical activity-related strategies to prevent chronic diseases and using technology in behavioral change strategies to increase physical activity and fitness. John is a graduate student member of ACSM.

Steven N. Blair, PED, FACSM, is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia. His research focuses on physical activity, fitness and health outcomes. He is a Past President of ACSM.

Family physicians have a major responsibility to their patients to help them promote their general health, both physical and mental. Patients tend to require more frequent visits as they age, giving multiple possibilities for physicians to apply the latest medical research to promote patients’ well-being. In the past several years, research has shown physical activity and fitness to be major determinants of health. As recommended by the Exercise Is Medicine™ (EIM) initiative, exercise needs to be established as a vital sign and assessed at all doctor’s visits. In our recent study, we found a strong inverse relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and incident stroke. In fact, there was a 60% lower stroke incidence in the high-fitness group compared with the low-fitness group. We know from prior studies that individuals can improve fitness by participating in regular physical activity. Numerous studies provide strong evidence that physical activity and fitness protect against numerous health problems. It is unlikely that there will ever be a pill that provides the multiple benefits of regular physical activity.

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Policy Corner: Speak up to Ensure NIH Funding
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This Thursday afternoon, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/Health & Human Services/Education (LHHS) will consider FY 2011 funding for NIH. It is important to position the agency along a path of sustainable, predictable growth. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. All but three receive their funding directly from Congress and administrate their own budgets. More than 80% of the NIH's budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 3,000 universities and research institutions. In addition, about 6,000 scientists work in NIH’s own laboratories, most of which are on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Congress needs to hear that message from you NOW. Please email or call your Representative today and ask that s/he support $37 billion for NIH in the fiscal year 2011 Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations bill. Together, we can make a difference for science!

To stay informed on issues affecting ACSM, please consider signing up for ACSM Action Alerts. Learn how you can be an effective advocate by logging in to www.acsm.org and click Advocacy Toolkit under My Resources.

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Just Published: Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
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Thirteen experts led by principal author Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, FACSM, have presented almost 12 million U.S. cancer survivors with a ticket to better health. A new Consensus Statement, published in the July edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, is the product of the ACSM Cancer Roundtable held June 24-26, 2009. The Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors notes that “Historically, clinicians advised cancer patients to rest and to avoid activity; however, emerging research on exercise has challenged this recommendation...The roundtable concluded that exercise training is safe during and after cancer treatments and results in improvements in physical functioning, quality of life, and cancer-related fatigue in several cancer survivor groups.” The guidelines, with evidence-based recommendations for those undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments, already are receiving widespread media attention.

Editorial Manager Brings Online Submission to ACSM Journals
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The Editorial Services Office of the ACSM announced July 1 to registered users that all four official ACSM journals are now using an online manuscript tracking system. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, Current Sports Medicine Reports, and Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews are joining Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® in using Editorial Manager for online submissions.

Editorial Manager enables authors to submit manuscripts online and easily track their progress throughout the peer and editorial review process. Reviewers can view manuscripts as PDFs and submit comments online. Editors can view all elements of a submission, read the peer reviews, and submit their decisions online. The exchange of information between the authors, the reviewers, and the editorial office is electronically facilitated and the site can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Specific instructions for authors and reviewers are available at:
ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Current Sports Medicine Reports
Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
(Registered users should use only one username and password when accessing the four ACSM journals through Editorial Manager.)

ACSM’s Editorial Services Office is very excited about this new capability and believe it will increase the speed and efficiency of the peer-review process.

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United Health Foundation Gets Behind Exercise is Medicine™
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Adding strength to a growing global initiative, the United Health Foundation has joined Exercise is Medicine™ as a founding-level partner. Beyond bringing resources to help develop and spread the EIM initiative, the Foundation's involvement underscores the strategic value of the corporate and organizational partnerships that underpin the growth of EIM.

"Clinically meaningful assessment of exercise and physical activity patterns of behavior and therapeutic requirements have become essential skills for the modern physician," said Dr. Reed Tuckson, chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group and United Health Foundation board member. "We are pleased to support the ACSM and Exercise is Medicine, and their collaborations with physicians in other disciplines, to enhance these competencies that are so critical to promoting the health of the American people."

United Health Foundation support will, in part, fund enhancement of the Exercise is Medicine™ website. The site includes resources for health care providers, health and fitness professionals, the media and the general public. Recent updates include notes on the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and video of the ceremony marking the launch of EIM as a global initiative.

About the United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities. Since established by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: UNH] in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than $176 million to improve health and health care. For more information, visit the United Health Foundation website.

Exercise and Science

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.


A Walker's Guide to Home Buying
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Today's home buyers aren't just looking for good schools and low crime rates when they evaluate a neighborhood, many brokers say. They're paying much more attention to what they can walk to. More

Gender Issue Finally Resolved
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This much, finally, is clear. South African runner Caster Semenya is eligible to compete as a woman and she’ll be back on the track next week. But neither the international track and field federation nor Semenya’s representatives will say how her perplexing gender identity issue was resolved, citing confidential medical details. Was more sophisticated testing done? Or did the 19-year-old, who has a male build and voice, have treatments that tipped the balance toward female? More
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