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Active Voice: From San Diego 2015 to Boston 2016 – ACSM Soars!
Inviting Comments and Suggestions on Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan
Policy Corner: ACSM Advocacy Update
In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
This Week's Trivia Question
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: From San Diego 2015 to Boston 2016 — ACSM Soars!
By ACSM President-elect Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is medical director for Community Health at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City and practices family medicine and sports medicine at the Salt Lake Clinic LiVe Well Center. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. As ACSM’s current president-elect, Dr. Joy chairs the Program Committee – leading thematic focus and planning for the 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting. She has had extensive leadership experience with ACSM, including as a board of trustees member, vice president and, currently, as an associate editor for Current Sports Medicine Reports and chair of the Exercise is Medicine® Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Joy is widely published in several areas related to her expertise, including physical activity assessment and promotion, the Female Athlete Triad, sports injury prevention and diabetes prevention.

The 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego was the largest meeting in ACSM's history in regard to total attendance. Thanks to the outstanding program, under the leadership of Larry Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM, and the ACSM Program Committee, more than 82 percent of attendees rated the annual meeting very good or exceptional. More than 70 percent of basic and applied science attendees applauded program content in their specialties, and 85 percent of physician attendees reported very good or exceptional chances to have their questions answered.
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Inviting Comments and Suggestions on a Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requesting input from stakeholders from the extramural community and the general public regarding the framework for a five-year, NIH-wide strategic plan. Since physical activity research has been added to the NIH common fund, feedback from ACSM members will be valuable to shape future research programs related to physical activity, active lifestyles and Exercise is Medicine®. Comments can be submitted electronically at the NIH-wide strategic plan RFI submission website.

The goal of this strategic plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the strategic plan that pursues cross-cutting areas of research that span the NIH's 27 institutes, centers and offices.

The framework includes an introduction, unifying principles to guide the NIH in pursuit of its mission and the following areas of opportunity:
  • Fundamental Science
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Treatment and Cures
The NIH will be hosting webinars in early to mid-August to gather additional input. Please direct all inquiries to: The deadline for comments is August 16 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The NIH-wide strategic plan is being developed in response to a request from the U.S. Congress and will be completed in late December 2015.

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Policy Corner: ACSM Advocacy Update
ACSM supports evidence-based public policy that encourages healthy lifestyles and the safe enjoyment of sports and other physical activities. In addition, ACSM's members serve as expert resources for federal, state and local policymakers, ensuring that decisions are founded on the latest research. A brief recap of ACSM’s advocacy efforts in the second quarter of 2015 is below. For more information on these updates, please email
  • Welcomed 70 ACSM members as new key contacts to the Health Science Policy Committee during ACSM's Annual Meeting. Key Contacts develop an ongoing relationship with their elected members of Congress, which allows ACSM to effectively communicate with Congress.
  • Attended the official commissioning ceremony for Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Dignitaries in attendance included Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell and former Surgeon General David Satcher.
  • Participated in the Breakfast of Champions sponsored by the Campaign to End Obesity. The event is organized to recognize members of Congress that have taken an active role in promoting physical activity and combating the nation's obesity issue.
  • Worked with the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Coalition to promote H.R. 1218, the Personal Health Investment Today Act. Efforts are underway to increase co-sponsors for the legislation and to find a sponsor in the Senate.
  • Met with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to discuss the Surgeon General's upcoming Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. Attending the meeting were ACSM President Carol Ewing Garber, ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead and ACSM VP for Government Relations Monte Ward.
  • Participated in the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Annual Meeting. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation works to help families and schools across America to reduce obesity.
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In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
ACSM has partnered with to bring you the Train Your Body radio show — a unique health website broadcast sharing important wellness and fitness information in a conversational talk radio style with real time audio streaming 24/7. Each week, ACSM experts discuss their areas of expertise with the show's host, Melanie Cole, an exercise physiologist herself. Listen live each Tuesday at 12 noon EST, or peruse and download past episodes on your computer, tablet or other device here.

Highlights from June's shows include:

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Sports Medicine Bulletin Survey Question:

Who was the first editor of ACSM’s (then) quarterly journal, Medicine and Science in Sports, in 1969?

A. Howard Knuttgen
B. Charles Tipton
C. Elsworth Buskirk
D. Bruno Balke

Last week's question: What state recently became the first to mandate that high school football coaches adopt the USA Football's Heads Up Program?

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What is Female Athlete Triad?
U.S. News &World Report
It started innocently enough.

Nan Zhu, a 14-year-old high school freshman at the time, signed up for the school's crew team and wanted to perform her best. At 5 feet 3 inches small – "I wasn't really built to be a rower," she says – Zhu felt she had to work harder than her more height-gifted teammates. So she gave it her all during practice and started learning about healthy eating for the first time.

"I really wanted to train to just be good and be on the team and do well," says Zhu, now a 24-year-old medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.

Then, it got out of hand.

In addition to training two hours each weekday with the team, Zhu also clocked at least two hours of exercise nightly on her own, running or hitting the gym after finishing her homework. She turned down invitations to the mall or amusement park because she worried she wouldn't have enough time to work out.

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5 Tips to Help Conquer Hot-Weather Workouts
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The average summertime high in Qatar, which is slated to host the 2022 World Cup, is above 40 degrees Celsius. That made it a fitting location for a recent gathering of physiologists and sports medicine experts to formulate updated guidelines for training and competing in hot conditions, which were published in this month’s issue of Sports Medicine and two other journals.

While the basic advice remains unchanged – take time to adjust to hot weather, moderate your effort, drink plenty – the details continue to evolve. Here are five topics where new research is changing how athletes handle heat.

New research from Matthew Cramer and Dr. Ollie Jay of the University of Ottawa's Thermal Ergonomics Lab challenges two enduring myths about who gets hottest. The first is that, as an article in The New York Times claimed last week, "body fat is the ultimate heat insulator."

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