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In this issue:

Active Voice: Strength Fitness, Body Weight and Cardiometabolic Health
Walking Summit Coming in October; Nominate an Outstanding Clinician Who
   "Walks the Walk"
New Resource: Exercise is Medicine® Health Care Provider Summary Sheet
ACSM Regional Chapters: Connect with Local Professionals in Your Field
ACSM Energy Balance Position Stand: Physical Activity as well as Diet are Key
Trivia Question: In What City Will the 2016 ACSM Annual Meeting be Held?
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


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Active Voice: Strength Fitness, Body Weight and Cardiometabolic Health
By Christian K. Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Christian K. Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM, is an integrative exercise physiologist, and his research investigates the efficacy and mechanisms by which exercise training and diet interventions prevent metabolic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes, as well as the impact of metabolic health improvement independent of obesity reversal. He has been a member of ACSM for 20 years.

This commentary presents Dr. Roberts’ views on the topic related to a study which he and his colleagues recently completed. Their research report appears in the June 2015 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Obesity is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease and certain forms of cancer, as well as reduced quality of life and increased mortality. However, many of these same conditions also are linked to decreased fitness. Consequently, there is much debate about the relative roles of body weight and fitness indicators in determining the risk of the aforementioned cardiometabolic diseases. This debate was fueled with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control-published meta-analysis in 2013, which suggests that individuals with a body mass index (BMI) <35 do not exhibit higher mortality risk compared with normal weight subjects. Furthermore, we know that higher levels of adiposity are correlated with increased mortality, although fitness also attenuates this association. Ultimately, it is critical that we understand the true underlying contributors to disease risk and untangle these factors from others that, although traditionally thought to be important, are secondary to the true primary factors. To accomplish this we need innovative approaches in how we look at the roles of body weight, obesity and weight loss in the context of health and disease.

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Walking Summit Coming in October; Nominate an Outstanding Clinician Who "Walks the Walk"
In October 2015, the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and America Walks will host its 2nd National Walking Summit. As a collaborative partner, ACSM wants to invite you to attend the summit in Washington, DC on October 28-30 and be a part of this growing movement.

During this summit, ACSM will honor a worthy nominee with the first "Walks the Walk" Outstanding Clinician Award, recognizing a clinician leader for his or her remarkable contributions to improving physical activity in the United States, one patient at a time.

The award program will shine a national spotlight on individual clinician leaders, and the organizations they represent, that have made a significant commitment to conducting physical activity assessments with their patients. The awardee will be honored at this year’s Walking Summit. A stipend for travel and lodging will be provided.

Learn more about the "Walks the Walk" Outstanding Clinician Award program and/or nominate a deserving individual. Nominations close September 14, 2015.

While at the summit, you can also join America's doctor, U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., MBA, as he delivers a walking prescription to leaders, advocates and organizations from across the United States.

Check out the full program of the 2nd National Walking Summit. Please contact Erin Slevin with any questions.

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New Resource: Exercise is Medicine® Health Care Provider Summary Sheet
Recently, Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) announced a revised health care provider action guide. The guide provides in-depth, step-by-step instruction for clinicians. To further this message in a brief, concise manner, this new one-page summary on the basics of EIM has been created. The one-pager is a quick and easy resource designed to complement the action guide to give professionals the information they need, fast! For more information, please visit www.exerciseismedicine.org.
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ACSM Regional Chapters: Connect with Local Professionals in Your Field
Joining one of 12 ACSM regional chapters throughout the United States ensures easy access and close-to-home educational, professional and networking opportunities. Students and early career professionals are encouraged to join a regional chapter for additional presentation, lecture and learning opportunities, including regional awards and grants, as well as the opportunity to meet other motivated students and professionals from fields that extend their range of expertise.

A regional chapter membership means you'll get:
  • Access to graduate program information and faculty
  • Career guidance and advice
  • Opportunities to present original research
  • Opportunities to collaborate with professionals and students alike
Join today and add a regional chapter to your national ACSM membership. Students can join an ACSM regional chapter for only $15; the professional rate is $35.

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ACSM Energy Balance Position Stand: Physical Activity as well as Diet are Key
Given recent media and public dialogue regarding the topic of energy balance and weight management, the American College of Sports Medicine is sharing with members its position stand on the topic, first published by the college in 2001 and updated in 2009. Discussion will soon occur about a possible comprehensive updating of the position stand, using ACSM's state-of-the-art evidence based procedures and systematic review.

For more than 60 years, ACSM has valued and safeguarded the importance of independent research and rigorous evaluation of that research. Our extensive position stand on the topic of energy balance is based on the scientific evidence and came to the following conclusion: for successful long-term weight loss, both physical activity and dietary change are important. There are also additional overall health gains from physical activity apart from weight loss.

Members are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with the ACSM position paper on energy balance and weight loss. Being informed on this and other key scientific publications is important in order to provide accurate information to the public.

ACSM respects all proponents of healthy weight loss and management. Constructive dialogue and collaboration between healthy diet and physical activity advocates is extremely beneficial, and ACSM will always be a part of that important discussion.

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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


Fighting Childhood Obesity, 1 Playground at a Time
The Washington Post
With the agility of a squirrel, Zoe Antczak-Chung, 8, bounded across the monkey bars at Palisades Recreation Center in the District. She slipped her lanky legs through the bars, released her hands and dangled upside down with glee.

"Did you catch that?" Zoe asked before jumping down and heading to the pull-up rings. In a matter of seconds, she leapt up, grabbed the rings and completed a set of pull-ups that would put most grown-ups to shame.

"She's gotten quite good at those," said Agni Chung, Zoe's mom. "Her twin brother likes the climbing wall, goes up and down like 25 times. It’s a great outlet to release some energy."

Palisades has one of the area's several fitness clusters, a type of playground designed for kids to improve their balance, agility and strength. These are not your average swing-and-slide sets; they're more like mini-military training grounds in crayon colors.

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Kids Should Play Multiple Sports and Not Focus on Just 1
USA Today
With the summer youth sports season in high gear, millions of boys and girls across the country are participating in sports camps, clinics and tournaments. While they have been competing in a wide range of sports, many of them focused on organized competitions in one sport rather than skill development and play.

As an ex-NBA player and general manager with family members who have played a variety of sports professionally and a sports medicine physician with more than 20 years of experience working with athletes of all ages, we are well aware of the many potential benefits of youth sports participation. Youths participating in sports have opportunities to enhance self-esteem, socialize with peers and improve general health and fitness, setting the stage for an active adult lifestyle.

Like so many other parents of young athletes, we also have seen firsthand that youth sports today are very different from a generation ago. Youth sports — including basketball — increasingly involve two unfortunate trends. First, a greater percentage of athletic time for boys and girls is devoted to structured competitions. Second, youngsters are frequently pushed to specialize in a single sport. These changes have come at the expense of children having the chance to play multiple sports, develop sound fundamental skills and play some sports simply for enjoyment.

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