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Active Voice: Helping Athletes Identify Sport Nutritional Products Free of Athletic Banned Substances and Steroids
Submit Scientific, Clinical Abstracts for the 2012 Annual Meeting, EIM World Congress
Policy Corner: Make Your Town Fit and Healthy
Students -- Apply Now for Golding Health/Fitness Scholarship
Course Gives Health Care Professionals Tools to Prescribe Exercise
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Helping Athletes Identify Sport Nutritional Products Free of Athletic Banned Substances and Steroids
By Greta Houlahan    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.

Greta Houlahan serves as senior communications manager for NSF International, a global public health and safety organization founded in 1944 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This commentary appeared in a recent issue of the Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) e-newsletter. To sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter, visit www.nodope.org.

Did you know that there is an organization that tests and certifies nutritional supplements and sport nutrition products to make sure that they don’t contain athletic banned substances or steroids? NSF International, an independent public health organization, certifies a wide range of dietary supplements and nutritional products to verify that they are free of athletic banned substances and unsafe levels of contaminants.

NSF International developed the NSF American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI Standard 173). As required by the standard, the NSF certification process includes:
  • a toxicology and label review to verify product formulation.
  • a formulation review to identify and quantify dietary ingredients declared on product label.
  • a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) inspection.
  • a contaminant review, which involves testing to ensure there are no ingredients present that have not been declared on the label nor are there unsafe levels of contaminants.
NSF International developed the standard with participation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), other federal agencies, state regulatory agencies, manufacturers, product retailers, industry trade associations and consumer groups.

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Submit Scientific, Clinical Abstracts for the 2012 Annual Meeting, EIM World Congress
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Don't miss this chance to present your research on an international stage at the 59th ACSM Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. The comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference will be held May 29 - June 2, 2012, in San Francisco, California, USA, and the deadline for abstract submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.

Submit your scientific and clinical case abstracts. Please contact the education department at lcooper@acsm.org with questions.

Policy Corner: Make Your Town Fit and Healthy
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Coursing through the veins of the National Physical Activity Plan is a spirit that calls to mind the mantra “think globally; act locally.” Springing from the environmental movement, this notion reflects the necessity that shared aspirations be enacted as appropriate to each application. (See also familiar disclaimers such as “Your results may vary,” “Some settling may occur” and “Ask your doctor if Blarfinex™ is right for you.”)

The Plan is not a prescription to be applied topically to each city, neighborhood or organization, but rather “a comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.” Implementation teams are at work across the spectrum of sectors, breathing life into strategies and tactics identified in the broadly collaborative planning process. Consistently in mind is the notion of adjusting to realities and opportunities as they arise, bringing practicality and nuance to what was conceived in planning.

The ACSM American Fitness Index™ offers an example of a sophisticated program to help communities better support active, healthy lifestyles. The AFI Technical Assistance Program (TAP) builds upon the annual AFI data report, which provides a health status snapshot of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Students — Apply Now for Health and Fitness Scholarship
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ACSM is now accepting student applications for the Lawrence A. Golding Student Health/Fitness Scholarship. Interested students should be sophomores, juniors or seniors, and the deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 18, 2011.

The scholarship publicly recognizes and honors undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities in health, fitness or education. Winners receive $1,000 USD, complimentary registration to the 2012 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition (March 27 - 30, 2012 in Las Vegas), and a feature story in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. Apply now.

Course Gives Health Care Professionals Tools to Prescribe Exercise
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ACSM members are invited to attend a one-day course on “Active Lives: Transforming Ourselves and Our Patients.” The course is presented by Harvard University’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, with the support of Exercise is Medicine®, from Nov. 11-12 in Waltham, MA.

This two-day, interactive course will give attendees the opportunity to sample fitness and wellness activities, such as yoga, strength training and balance exercise. The goal is to make attendees positive, lifelong participants in their own health and in the health of their patients. CMEs are available for this course.

Visit www.harvardlifestylemedicine.org for more information and to register.


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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.

Study Flags Risk of Daily Vitamin Use Among Older Women
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Older women who took a daily vitamin supplement — even just a multivitamin — had an increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a study published Monday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study highlights concerns about the long-term use of supplements and vitamins in people who do not have severe nutritional deficiencies, the authors say. An accompanying editorial notes that findings "add to the growing evidence demonstrating that certain supplements can be harmful."

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Expert Advice: Pregnancy and Exercise
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When Amber Miller finished the Chicago Marathon and then delivered her baby Monday, she amazed many people (including several readers of my previous post on her accomplishment).

She also made many of us wonder: How much exercise is healthy during pregnancy?

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