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Active Voice: Flawed Method May Underestimate Childhood Obesity
ACSM Announces New Low Price for First-Time Student Members
Policy Corner: ACSM, University of Kansas Recognize First Lady Michelle Obama and Let's Move!
Call for Applications: ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® Seeks Editor-in-Chief
ACSM Mourns Loss of Member Gregory Shaskan, M.D.
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Flawed Method May Underestimate Childhood Obesity
By Daniel P. O'Connor, Ph.D.    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.

Daniel P. O’Connor, Ph.D., is an ACSM member and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. His primary focus is applied biostatistics and much of his research is interdisciplinary, involving collaborations in such areas as obesity, fitness, orthopedics and physiology. Dr. O’Connor presented research related to this commentary at ACSM’s Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, held in Baltimore in June 2010.

Many of us have seen headlines and media reports about the obesity epidemic plaguing U.S. children, with prevalence exceeding 35 percent by some estimates. While these numbers are alarming, many of these reports use national surveys or databases containing parent-reported values for their child’s height and weight, and these values are often used to compute body mass index (BMI) and identify obesity rates. The inaccuracy of proxy reporting is well known, but we were surprised to find few reports investigating the accuracy of parent-reported height and weight across the entire span of childhood.

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ACSM Announces New Low Price for First-Time Student Members
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ACSM has a great new deal for first-time student members! Beginning this semester, students only pay $10 for their first year of ACSM membership. In addition to free student career webinars, graduate research grant programs, networking opportunities, and discounts to ACSM meetings and certification exams, ACSM membership offers students a broad spectrum of sports medicine and exercise science opportunities beyond what they receive in the classroom.

Faculty – please forward this offer to qualified students and encourage them to join ACSM today. Qualifying students can simply download this member application and e-mail it to membership@acsm.org. Applications can also be mailed to ACSM at 401 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Policy Corner: ACSM, University of Kansas Recognize First Lady Michelle Obama and Let's Move!
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At the 12th Annual Obesity Conference last week, ACSM and the University of Kansas – Center for Physical Activity & Weight Management recognized First Lady Michelle Obama with an award for her inspired leadership in childhood obesity prevention and her Let’s Move! campaign. The award was accepted by the Hon. Judy Baker, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign is committed to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. Through this initiative, public health leaders hope to encourage children to exercise, provide more free and reduced-price school meals and make the food in schools more nutritious.

With September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, advocacy on the issue continues full-bore. On Sept. 8, Mrs. Obama and Let’s Move! called on Congress to pass the pending Childhood Nutrition Bill, emphasizing passage as a critical step in the fight against childhood obesity.

Call for Applications: ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® Seeks Editor-in-Chief
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Applications and nominations are invited for editor-in-chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, an official bimonthly journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM, has served as editor-in-chief since 2005 and will complete his second term Dec. 2011. The incoming editor-in-chief will begin duties in July 2011, and the term of office will run through Dec. 2015.

The main audiences for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® are fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers and other front-line health and fitness professionals. The journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research and includes information on ACSM certification workshops, current topics of interest to the fitness industry and continuing education credit opportunities. The journal is available in print and online at www.acsm-healthfitness.org.

The search committee is now accepting applications and nominations, and the committee will interview finalists in April 2011. A current curriculum vitae and appropriate writing sample are required for all applications and nominations. Applicants should send a letter of interest, and nominations must have the nominee’s approval. All materials are due Jan. 3, 2011 and can be submitted via e-mail to HFJournal@acsm.org, or via mail to Lori Tish at ACSM, 401 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, at wrthompson@gsu.edu or (404) 413-8365.

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ACSM Mourns Loss of Member Gregory Shaskan, M.D.
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ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing of Gregory Shaskan, M.D., a six-year member of the College and member of ACSM’s task force on healthy air travel. After completing his sports medicine fellowship at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Shaskan established NASA’s first sports medicine program and was training to be a flight surgeon. ACSM sends our deepest condolences to Dr. Shaskan’s family, friends and colleagues.


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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.


Govs. Rell and Schwarzenegger Declare Sept. 8 Recess Rocks Day
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With one-third of American children overweight or obese, Community Health Center, Inc. today launched a new national childhood obesity prevention campaign. Called Recess Rocks, the campaign has two components: a nationwide video contest that seeks solutions directly from children and adolescents and a program that reinvents recess by pairing dance instructors with schools to increase students' activity through creative movement. More

Riley Debuts Sports Medicine for Teens
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Riley Hospital for Children is jumping into the burgeoning world of youth sports. The hospital -- part of Indianapolis-based hospital system Clarian Health and affiliated with Indiana University -- on Thursday unveiled a new program specifically designed to provide sports medicine to young athletes. Called Riley Sports Medicine, it also will focus on how to best manage concussions in young athletes. More

Golf: Evidence of How 'Loading the Hips' Improves Golf Drives
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It's all in the hips. New research provides concrete evidence of how loading the hips improves the power and length of a golf drive. More
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