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In this issue:

Active Voice: Exercise in Pregnancy
ACSM Webinars: Energy Balance; Wellness Strategies
Policy Corner: Research Funding Over the Cliff?
ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Early Bird Registration Deadline - December 19, 2012
Join the ACSM Faculty Network Today
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


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Active Voice: Exercise in Pregnancy
By Bradley B. Price, M.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Bradley B. Price, M.D., practices obstetrics and gynecology in Austin, TX. He maintains affiliations with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and holds a clinical faculty appointment with the University of Texas Medical Center in Austin. A longtime triathlete, he is currently world age group champion in Ironman 70.3. Dr. Price is an ACSM member.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Price’s views relating to the research article which he and his colleagues presented in the December 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

Based on abundant epidemiologic and experimental evidence that aerobic exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and reduces the incidence of disease, the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommend that the general population exercise at moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. In 2002, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggested that healthy pregnant women follow the same recommendations (see “Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period” at the ACOG website.)


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ACSM Webinars: Energy Balance; Wellness Strategies
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New Science on Energy Balance: Exploring All Sides of the Equation
Thursday, December 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Description: Join the International Food Information Council Foundation and partners, ACSM and the International Life Sciences Institute North America, for an exciting webinar titled New Science Around Energy Balance on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT.

Webinar Objectives:
  • Understand consumers' knowledge vs. views when it comes to balancing calories and physical activity.
  • Identify the right terminology to use when communicating about energy balance to consumers.
  • Recognize energy balance as a dynamic rather than as a static process.
Cost: FREE

Questions: Please contact Jania Matthews at 202-296-6540 or matthews@ific.org.

Note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing further information about joining the webinar, including dial-in instructions.

IAWHP Webinar: The Impact of Expanding Wellness Strategies into Well-Being!
December 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST
Description: Attendees will learn how to broaden wellness engagement within your culture that focuses on the Five Pillars of Well-Being: 1) Career; 2) Financial; 3) Community; 4) Physical/Mental; and 5) Social.

You will come away with an increased knowledge of the importance of expanding your wellness scope with:
  • The impact that each well-being pillar brings to your overall culture
  • Easy & effective programming ideas
Cost: $25 USD for IAWHP members & $40 USD for non-IAWHP/public members. This cost is per registered phone line/Internet connection. You may have multiple participants participate under a single registration. Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time on December 12.

Continuing Education Credits: The program offers 1 ACSM CEC. Please note: There is NO LONGER an additional fee for the CEC. The credit is included in the registration fee. In addition, all participants at your site are eligible to receive the ACSM CEC.


Policy Corner: Research Funding Over the Cliff?
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Federal research funding, among many other national priorities, is at stake as the U.S. lumbers toward the scheduled disaster commonly called a fiscal cliff. Monte Ward, ACSM’s vice president of government relations, provides the following update:

House Republicans and the White House have a little over a week to produce a compromise that will avert the fiscal cliff of budget sequestration and expiring tax cuts. With the deadline of Christmas break and adjournment rapidly approaching, the compromise legislative framework must be agreed upon soon in order to give staff the time to write in the details of the legislation.

However, since the first initial meeting after the elections between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, very little has been accomplished. Several options have been explored, but none have received the kind of traction that would lead to an agreement. If an agreement can’t be reached, House Republicans could introduce legislation that would be their plan for avoiding the cliff, realizing it would not pass in the Senate. It would then be up to Democrats in the House and Senate to offer their own plan.

As you might recall, under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to execute an across the board cut to the Federal budget unless Congress enacts a plan by January 2, 2013 to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion. This process is called budget sequestration. In addition, tax cuts that were put in place in 2001 and 2003 are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Budget sequestration could have ADVERSE effects on the research enterprise. Many feel that bipartisan support in Congress will not allow this to happen. ACSM and FASEB are working diligently to ensure that research remains a top priority for the U.S. and world.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society, has additional information and a call to action on its website.

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Early Bird Registration Deadline - December 19, 2012
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Take advantage of the deepest savings of the year and have the option of paying for your registration in two installments when you register for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition prior to December 19, 2012.

The Summit bridges the gap between the science and research of sports medicine and exercise science and the practice of this research by fitness professionals in the field. Join us for the 2013 Summit March 12-15 at the Paris Las Vegas for new programming in 11 lecture tracks, keynote speakers, the hottest workouts and CECs that will engage and motivate your career.

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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.

Long-Distance Runners Lap Up Miles for the Love of It
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Although many people begin running as a practical path to weight loss or fitness, for many it becomes a love affair as the miles increase. Tom Holland, running coach and author of "The Marathon Method," tells his clients that running for 3 miles was horrible for him too, but farther down the road things changed. "It happens for different people at different times and different distances: that runner's high," he said in an interview. Holland calls it a cardiovascular turning point where the run becomes exponentially easier. More


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Fresh Efforts to Improve Teens' Concussion Care
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At ice hockey camp two summers ago, goalie Beth Potter slammed her head into the ice when she dived to block a shot, sustaining a concussion with aftereffects that trouble her to this day. Young athletes like Ms. Potter, now 18, are the focus of new efforts to improve the care of concussions in children and teens, who are more vulnerable than adults to long-term physical, cognitive and emotional problems as a result of the brain injury. Medical centers including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are offering new programs to better educate school nurses, coaches, athletic directors, parents, and pediatricians about steps to take to avoid repeat trauma and complications. More

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To Get More Fit, Find a Stronger Workout Partner
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What would it take to get you to regularly exercise longer than you do now? New research suggests that you might just need a virtual buddy who you think is stronger than you. A small study of female college students suggests that competing against a teammate or virtual partner helps people ramp up their exercise more effectively than if they worked out alone. The study also found that even though participants who were paired with a strong workout partner exercised much longer, they didn't feel any more tired after the fitness bout than did people who exercised alone for a shorter period of time. More


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