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Active Voice: Parents shouldn’t miss active play opportunities with their children
ACSM launches online Olympics Resource Center
Policy Corner: Lawmakers get the policy message, based on science
Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-7) speech recognizes the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Parents shouldn't miss active play opportunities with their children
By Genevieve F. Dunton, Ph.D, MPH    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Genevieve F. Dunton, Ph.D, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Her research is dedicated to understanding the behavioral contributors to chronic disease risk in children and adults, with particular focus on physical activity and nutrition. See the August 2012 issue of ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE) for a related research article she coauthored, titled “Joint Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Parent-Child Pairs.”

Parents play an important role in shaping children’s physical activity levels through modeling and supporting children’s participation in sports and other activities. We know that physically active parents are more likely to have physically active children. However, until lately, we knew very little about how much physical activity parents and children actually perform together. In a recent study, we found that joint parent-child physical activity is quite rare. On average, parents and children spent only two and a half minutes per day in physical activity together, whereas they spent over an hour and a half together in joint sedentary behavior. Although discouraging, these findings were not completely unexpected. Families with kids are busy, and finding time to be physically active together can be tough.

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ACSM launches online Olympics Resource Center
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People across the globe have turned their attention to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. As the leading authority on sports medicine and exercise science, ACSM has created the ACSM Olympic Center, a Web resource featuring information on trending topics, background information, and contacts for media representatives in need of experts on sports medicine topics. ACSM is also continuing the Olympic conversation through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The 2012 Games have been dubbed the Social Media Games or "socialympics” and are anticipated to be the most liked, tweeted, and tagged sporting event in history. ACSM is pleased to serve as an evidence-based source of information regarding topics relating to athlete health, sports performance, fitness and conditioning.

ACSM member/experts share their perspectives on a range of Olympics-related subjects, including, for starters:
  • Mind and Body Imagery in Sports and Beyond (Gregory Chertok, M.Ed.)
  • Competing During Pregnancy (James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM)
  • Snacking Tips for Olympic Viewing (Felicia Stoler, RD, DCN, FACSM)
In addition, look for occasional posts from London by three-time Olympian Gary Hall, Jr. and daily comments by Brian Davis, M.D., FACSM, who is serving as an on-site physician. Numerous other authorities are providing content and comment. Connect with them online and join the dialogue!

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Policy Corner: Lawmakers get the policy message, based on science
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The science of physical activity moved a big step closer to real-world implementation July 26 as ACSM experts teamed up with the Congressional Fitness Caucus to sponsor a briefing on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Brian Bilbray (CA-50) (on left) and Ron Kind (WI-3), caucus co-chairs, spoke of their commitment to physical activity for individual wellness and as a public health priority. Gregory Heath, DHSc, FACSM, delivered key messages from the research he and other scientists had contributed to the groundbreaking Physical Activity Series published in The Lancet. Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, and Stephen Rice, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, shared insights from their perspectives as leaders of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and the ACSM Health & Science Policy Committee, respectively.

The message resonated with those attending, who represent an extraordinary 29 representatives, nine senators and two committees. Most are staff who advise elected officials on health policy matters. They learned that ACSM is a trusted source for evidence-based information they need to know, and many expressed interest in receiving future updates on matters relating to health, sports, obesity and healthy lifestyles.

For all the scientific and clinical expertise represented on the panel, the highlight for many was an appearance by youth from the Baltimore SquashWise program and their executive director, Abby Markoe. Even in a crowded committee room, the kids were able to demonstrate the ball-handling skills and the confidence and focus they had learned from SquashWise. Those youngsters are on a trajectory toward lifelong fitness and accomplishment—a lively embodiment of the principles conveyed during the briefing.

ACSM and the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute work closely with the Congressional Fitness Caucus. Look for updates in future installments of Policy Corner. To learn how you can become involved in advocating for the ACSM policy agenda, send an email to policy@acsm.org.

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Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC-7) speech recognizes the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute
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The work of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute was recognized last month by Congressman Mike McIntyre of North Carolina. McIntyre, a NYSHSI board member, acknowleded the work of NYSHSI and the recent June 1 Call to Action – a new model of development for youth sports.

The new model emphasizes greater awareness of the risks of four areas of youth sports:
  • Sports Trauma: (Concussion/mTBI, etc.)
  • Environment: (Exertional Heat Illness/Stroke, etc.)
  • Overload/Overuse: (Overuse, Overscheduling, etc.)
  • Chronic Disease & Disabilities: (Type 1 Diabetes, Sickle Cell Trait, Paralympics, etc.)

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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.


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Getting older, getting fit
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For people who want to live past 100, the first step is taking a whole bunch more steps.

A recent survey found half of all centenarians are exercising almost every day. Most are walking, but many also are lifting weights, practicing yoga, biking or playing group sports.

There are an estimated 72,000 centenarians across the country, and the number is expected to grow to 600,000 by 2050, according to UnitedHealthcare, which conducted the poll. To get into this group, others who work with seniors and some who are in their advanced years say, senior citizens should tie on some sneakers and get moving.

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Working out in the middle of the working day
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With the three-martini lunch gone the way of the typewriter, office workers are free to discover the healthier perks of midday movement.

An active lunchtime can range from the sweaty to the serene, experts say, from a full-out cardio blast to a walk in the park.

"People who want to get in a good workout over lunch hour can do simple things like go for a walk," said Dr. Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise.

"Think about it. Thirty minutes on a regular basis would meet the minimum threshold for physical activity," he added.

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