Active Voice: Exercise is Medicine® in the Workplace Opportunities for Effective Interventions
By Delia Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM Share
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Delia Roberts, Ph.D., FACSM, is a Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Selkirk College in Castlegar, British Columbia, and president of FitSafe Solutions, Inc. Her research is focused on sport science based nutrition and physical activity intervention programs for worksite health and injury prevention.
Integrated workplace health and safety is an emerging field which provides unique opportunities to promote healthy living in target populations. More than 150 million Americans go to work every day, and, since attendance is a mandatory condition of employment, the audience is guaranteed. There are few other venues that present such excellent opportunities for healthy lifestyle training.
Nico Pronk and HealthPartners Research Foundation have demonstrated repeatedly that the costs associated with implementing a workplace health promotion program are easily recovered through reduced medical expenditures, decreased absenteeism, higher productivity and lowered health risks for participants. This provides for another unique and positive aspect of research in integrated workplace health and safety – it pays for itself. Furthermore, the workers carry the information home and share it with their families and friends, increasing the impact of the program well beyond the worksite doors. For more information on the cost effectiveness and other benefits of these programs, see ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook. More
Policy Corner: California Concussion Law Signed; CDC Update
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s concussion bill Oct. 4, making California the 31st state to enact legislation based on the Zackery Lystedt Law. With millions of youth athletes now better protected by these policies, attention turns toward implementation.
ACSM is working with numerous organizations, not only to pass youth concussion laws in every state, but to help school districts, youth sports organizations and health care providers put them into action. Most laws call for evaluation by “a licensed medical provider knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion,” which underscores the need for access to professionals with appropriate experience and training. Efforts under way include expanding opportunities for professional education and, eventually, credentialing for diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control remains the definitive source for evidence-based, cost-free information relating to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussion. School districts and youth sports organizations CDC materials for concussion education required by concussion laws. Last week, the CDC announced plans to develop guidelines for traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. More
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Vigorous Exercise Boosts Vitamin D While Lowering Heart Risk
USA Today Share
Vigorous exercise significantly improves several risk factors for heart disease, including boosting vitamin D levels, a new study shows.
That's one of the surprising findings by Harvard scientists, who were trying to identify the reasons exercise lowers the risk of heart attacks.
People who do vigorous physical activity — such as running, jogging, playing basketball or soccer — for three or more hours a week reduce their risk of a heart attack by 22%, the study found. Among the reasons: They have higher levels of good cholesterol and vitamin D as well as better levels of other factors involved in heart disease. More
Dealing with the Aftermath of a Serious High School Sports Injury
The voice on the phone sounded calm to Tina Kropelin.
It said her daughter had just taken a spill at cheerleading practice, and she should come get her.
As Kropelin headed to Holmen High School in western Wisconsin, she worried it might be a broken wrist or a sprained ankle. Her daughter, Brittany Noffke, was a freshman and already a varsity cheerleader, a "flyer" who hit the dramatic height of stunts with a smile on her face. Crutches would make her crazy, Kropelin thought.
She found Brittany with an ice pack to her head. She had fallen off a teammate's shoulders, and her head had smashed into the tile floor of the school cafeteria.
Conscious but confused, Brittany said she and two other cheerleaders had attempted a stunt their coach suggested, one they'd never tried together. The last thing Brittany remembered was making it to the top and telling herself to stay still. More
How Much to Drink During a Marathon
The New York Times Share
The 2011 Chicago Marathon on Sunday marks the beginning of the fall marathon season in the United States, culminating on Nov. 6 with the New York City race. In those two events alone, more than 80,000 runners will attempt to cover the 26.2-mile marathon distance. But two newly released studies suggest that there are reasons to be concerned about some of the racers’ readiness. The studies show that a worrying large percentage of distance runners may not know how to drink.
Some runners may be drinking too much water or other fluids. Others may be taking in too little. And a disconcerting majority don’t seem to be concerned about whether they are drinking a safe amount at all, according to the new reports. More