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Active Voice: Can Kettlebells Do It All?
Last Chance to Register for Sept. 9 Workplace Health Webinar
Policy Corner: Built Environment Policies to Help Curb Increases in Childhood Obesity and Inactivity
President Obama Supports National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Los Angeles Hosts Second Walk For a Healthy and Fit Nation
Science and Research Update: FASEB Releases Data on Education, Employment in Biological and Medical Sciences
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Can Kettlebells Do It All?
By John P. Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Active Voice is a column by experts in science, medicine and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

John P. Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM, is Professor and Director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Program in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His research centers on assessing new exercise equipment for physical training applications with cardiac patients. He presented research related to this commentary at ACSM’s Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™, held in Baltimore in June 2010.

To me, the mention of kettlebell training evokes the vision a singlet-clad, mustachioed weightlifter in a dark gymnasium extending a weight overhead. That vision may not be that far-fetched, as kettlebells are thought to have originated in Russia during the early 1700s. In recent years, they have grown in popularity as part of individual and group fitness classes.

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Last Chance to Register for Sept. 9 Workplace Health Webinar
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Space is still available for Thursday’s “Healthy Culture – A World View” webinar presented by the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, an ACSM affiliate society. The webinar will take place Thursday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Join speakers Dena Pflieger, Global Health Promotion Leader at Dow Chemical, and Wolf Kirsten, Founder and President of International Health Consulting, to gain a global perspective on healthy culture. The presentation will highlight how culture affects workplace health promotion programming and health behaviors in various countries. Plus – attendees have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits!

Register now! Save money by inviting several individuals to participate at your site under a single registration fee. View complete session and registration information.

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Policy Corner: Built Environment Policies to Help Curb Increases in Childhood Obesity and Inactivity
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One out of every three children in the United States is classified as overweight or obese, and physical inactivity is one of the leading causes. There are a number of factors that affect a child’s activity level – one being their environment and physical surroundings.

The term “built environment” describes physical or man-made features that provide opportunities for physical activity, such as sidewalks, bicycle trails, streetlights and parks. Through proper use of the built environment, neighborhoods and communities can provide opportunities for recreational physical activity. Plus, children can engage in physical activity as a part of their daily lives, such as traveling to school or playing in local parks.

President Obama Supports National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring September 2010 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. President Obama’s backing of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month further emphasizes the importance of eliminating childhood obesity and ensuring the health and well-being of our country’s future.

President Obama’s proclamation states: “There are concrete steps we can take right away as concerned parents, caregivers, educators, loved ones, and a Nation to ensure that our children are able to live full and active lives. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, I urge all Americans to take action to meet our national goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.”

ACSM joins a wide array of organizations to organize and promote Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, educating parents, policy makers and others about the problem and encouraging preventive action on childhood obesity. Check out healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org to get involved and learn more about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

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Los Angeles Hosts Second Walk For a Healthy and Fit Nation
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At last month’s IDEA World Fitness Convention, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. led the second Surgeon General’s Walk for a Healthy and Fit Nation through downtown Los Angeles. The 30-min. walk started at the Los Angeles Convention Center and wound around the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre, with a goal of spreading awareness of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® initiative and promoting overall health and well-being for all Americans.

Others participating in the walk were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Exercise is Medicine® chairwoman Dr. Pamela Peeke and IDEA Health & Fitness Association co-founders Peter and Kathie Davis. The first Walk for a Healthy and Fit Nation was held June 2 in Baltimore as part of ACSM’s 57th Annual Meeting and Inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine.


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Science and Research Update: FASEB Releases Survey Data on Education, Employment in Biological and Medical Sciences
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Earlier this month, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) – an ACSM partner organization recognized as the policy voice for biological and biomedical researchers – released updated survey data analyzing education and employment in the biological and medical sciences.

This data offers valuable insights into the popularity and progress of the biological and medical science fields. To facilitate interpretation of the data, FASEB recommends you review their descriptions for each survey. This data is comprised of information from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Survey of Earned Doctorates, NSF Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates, the National Institutes of Heath website, and other national data sources. To view this newly released data, please visit the FASEB website.

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.


Making Soldiers Fit to Fight, Without the Situps
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Editor’s Note: ACSM and the U.S. Department of Defense are teaming up to present a closed expert panel on High Intensity Training (HIT) next week in Washington, D.C. The intent of this panel is to discuss the merits of HIT programs, outline guidelines for safe implementation, and develop a research agenda.

Dawn breaks at this, the Army’s largest training post, with the reliable sound of fresh recruits marching to their morning exercise. But these days, something looks different. That familiar standby, the situp, is gone, or almost gone. Exercises that look like pilates or yoga routines are in. And the traditional bane of the new private, the long run, has been downgraded.

Pedal Power Takes Off as Exercise Produces Electricity
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Pedal power is gaining traction as thousands of bikes and elliptical machines are retrofitted to produce electricity.

Gyms are using sweat equity to help power their facilities. A Brooklyn eatery uses it to make smoothies. Female inmates at a Phoenix jail pedal to power their TV to watch soap operas. Actor Ed Begley Jr. rides a bike to run his toaster.
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