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Active Voice: Exercise Test to Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
ACSM Survey Predicts Hottest Fitness Trends for 2011
Policy Corner: ACSM, Other FASEB Societies Urge Congress for NIH Funds
Dec. 9 Webinar Shares Key Elements for Positive Workplace Culture
Get Your ACSM InfoSearch Weekly Literature Update!
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Active Voice: Exercise Test to Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
By Trent A. Hargens, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
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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.

Trent A. Hargens, Ph.D., is an ACSM member and Assistant Professor of Exercise Science with the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is the Associate Coordinator of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Graduate Program. His research focuses on the cardiovascular and autonomic adaptations that result from obstructive sleep apnea and obesity and how exercise can impact those adaptations.

Sleep disorders, of which obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common, pose a significant personal and public health risk. Not only does OSA increase risks of hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure and cardiovascular disease, but it also accounts for a five-fold increase in the risk of motor vehicle accidents. As a result, OSA is a health problem that should concern all of us.

Recent estimates suggest that as many as one in four American adults are at risk for and should be evaluated for OSA. As age and obesity are prime risk factors for this disorder, we should expect the prevalence to increase as our population ages and becomes more obese. Unfortunately, the majority of at-risk individuals goes undiagnosed for OSA, probably due to the high cost of testing and treatment, inconvenience, and long wait time for full-night polysomnography (PSG) testing, which remains the gold standard test for diagnosis. Simpler and more cost-effective screening tools are clearly needed to improve the risk stratification and clinical decision-making that lead to patient selection for diagnostic PSG testing. If we can optimize screening and selection for PSG testing, we can conserve costs and allow the patients to be tested who most need assessment.
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ACSM Survey Predicts Hottest Fitness Trends of 2011
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Last week, ACSM released our annual survey of fitness trends in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. Securing the top spot for the fourth consecutive year was educated and experienced fitness professionals.

The survey, now in its fifth year, was distributed to ACSM-certified health and fitness professionals worldwide and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Respondents from nearly every continent in the world returned more than 2,200 completed surveys. Thirty-one potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM.

The top five predicted trends for 2011 are:
  1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals
  2. Fitness programs for older adults
  3. Strength training
  4. Children and obesity
  5. Personal training
For a complete list of the top 20 trends, check out the full study online. The article is available to the public at no charge through Dec. 31.



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Policy Corner: ACSM, Other FASEB Societies Urge Congress for NIH Funds
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Coalition (FASEB) has joined the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF) to urge U.S. Congress to complete their work on the 2011 appropriations bills and to provide public health service agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with the highest funding level proposed by either the House or Senate. ACSM is one of 23 scientific societies working through FASEB to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences.

The coalition has proposed a $1 billion increase for the NIH, which should sustain the pace of progress in the fight against the most serious diseases, create new scientific opportunities, support high-technology and result in high-wage jobs in all 50 states.

Until appropriation bills are passed, funding is enabled through a long-term, continuing resolution (CR). This will slow research progress and squander valuable scientific opportunities to the detriment of our nation’s health and leadership in the global innovation economy. Recent investments have created dramatic new research opportunities in areas ranging from genetics to behavioral research, spurring advancements and precipitating the promise of personalized medicine that will yield far-reaching health and economic benefits.
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Dec. 9 Webinar Shares Key Elements for Positive Workplace Culture
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On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the International Association of Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM affiliate society, will host a webinar on “The Key Components of a Positive Culture.” The webinar runs from 12 - 1 p.m. ET, and registration is $25 for IAWHP members and $40 for non-IAWHP members.

Join speaker Brenda Loube, principal and founder of Corporate Fitness Works, to learn how one organization created a culture where their team members looked forward to coming to work each day. Participate in an open discussion on the top components and principles any organization must have to develop and sustain a positive culture. Plus – this webinar is worth one ACSM CEC. View complete session and registration information.



Get Your ACSM InfoSearch Weekly Literature Update
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Boot Camp, Strength Training Will Top 2011 Fitness Trends
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Looking for the hottest fitness trends?

Try sweating through a boot-camp workout class. Or lifting weights. Or doing exercises to strengthen your stomach and back.

These are among the top fitness trends for the coming year, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. The group surveyed more than 19,000 fitness professionals to come up with worldwide fitness trends for 2011, a survey the group has been conducting since 2007.
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Swimmer's Death to be Investigated
Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fran Crippen ran the New York Marathon last year, and qualified for Boston's. He was an experienced distance swimmer with nary "a speck" of an issue in his medical history, according to his family.

So members of his Conshohocken family and fellow swimmers expressed incredulity Monday after learning that the United Arab Emirates had declared "drowning" as the cause of the aspiring Olympian's death during a 6-mile race on Saturday off that nation's east coast, in extraordinarily warm waters.
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