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In this issue:

Active Voice: Dietary Supplements – From the Inside Out (Part II)
Register Now for ACSM's Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Activities
ACSM Playing Lead Role in Two National Academies' Convenings– Moving Focus
  onto Physical Activity Innovation and Societal Progress
Policy Corner: ACSM Advocacy Update
May is Exercise is Medicine® Month; New EIM Month Toolkit Available
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines

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Active Voice: Dietary Supplements — From the Inside Out (Part II)
By Jacqueline R. Berning, Ph.D., RD, CSSD and Craig A. Horswill, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Jacqueline R. Berning, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, is a professor in the Biology Department at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Currently she is the sport dietitian for the University of Colorado football and basketball teams. She also is a member of U.S. Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee. Dr. Berning has won numerous teaching awards at the university, and her research focus is on nutritional requirements for athletic performance.

Craig A. Horswill, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has long been interested in acute weight manipulation in athletes, having conducted research on the topic while on the faculties of Ball State University and The Ohio State University. He served on the writing committee for the 2011 NATA position statement on safe weight loss in sport.

This is the second installment of a two-part commentary by Drs. Berning and Horswill on dietary supplements. Part I was published in last week’s SMB and provided a framework of the topic. Part I is available online to ACSM members and affiliates (see Dietary Supplements. Part I). Part II addresses concerns about product quality control and safety in the supplement industry, identifies helpful online consumer resources and closes with ways that exercise and sports medicine professionals may promote consumer understanding in their communities.

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Register Now for ACSM's Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Activities
Are you registered for ACSM's Annual Meeting? Register by April 22 to receive the best pricing possible! Several exciting pre-conference workshops will be offered this year. Click here to learn more or register for any of the pre-conference events listed below.

Graduate and Early Career Day — The session promotes networking and mentorship between early career members and senior investigators for scientific outreach and career building. The sessions are open to all attendees but will be specifically targeted to graduate and early career participants.

GSSI Sports Nutrition Exchange — The 2015 GSSI Pre-conference session features the latest advancements in sports nutrition and highlights the recent research on fueling and recovery as it relates to training and performance.

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ACSM Playing Lead Role in Two National Academies' Convenings — Moving Focus onto Physical Activity Innovation and Societal Progress

Former ACSM President Janet Rankin
helps kick off the conference yesterday
at the Keck Center of the National
Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.

Former ACSM Vice President, Jim Sallis,
makes a powerful case for the importance
of active transportation.
ACSM is playing a major role in two conferences underway in the nation’s capital that are focused on innovation in physical activity and public health, both in partnership with the National Academies. The National Academies are comprised of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering. These are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. The work of the National Academies, and ACSM’s collaboration with them, is aimed at shaping sound policies, informing public opinion and advancing the pursuit of science, medicine and public health.


Beginning yesterday and continuing today, ACSM has co-convened a conference with the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies examining the strategic intersection between public health, transportation and city planning. The conference, entitled “Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts,” has brought together experts and constituents from transportation, urban planning, public health, health care, and health economics to explore and define strategies for improving health through active transportation, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. While the connection among land-use patterns, transportation options and public health is becoming progressively more recognized, the conference is focused on precisely how these can be made more intentional, accelerated and elevated in its impact. Janet Walberg Rankin and ACSM Fellow David Bassett served on the conference planning committee. The conference is focused on many important areas, including:

  • The scientific evidence on relationships between active transportation and health
  • Strategies for data collection and methods of data analysis and modeling
  • Innovative tools and approaches to assess the impact of active transportation
  • Opportunities to have an intersectorial and multidisciplinary collaborative continuing to work to accelerate progress in science, policy and implementation

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Policy Corner: ACSM Advocacy Update
ACSM supports evidence-based public policy that encourages healthy lifestyles and the safe enjoyment of sports and other physical activities. In addition, ACSM's members serve as expert resources for federal, state and local policy makers, ensuring that decisions are founded on the latest research. A brief recap of ACSM’s advocacy efforts in the first quarter of 2015 is below. For more information on these updates, please email

  • Convened a webinar on the outlook for the 114th Congress. The panelists discussed changes in the makeup of Congress, outlook for the legislative agenda and the budget prospects. Panelists included Jim Whitehead, ACSM; Monte Ward, ACSM; Jennifer Zeitzer, FASEB; and Craig Piercy, Bose Public Affairs.

  • In partnership with the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), released a webinar regarding the policies and procedures of concussion management. Webinar featured expert panelists Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM and Gerry A. Gioia.

  • ACSM conducted its 3rd annual Capitol Hill Day. In conjunction with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association's National Health Through Fitness Day, more than 45 ACSM members met with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss support for legislation that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for all Americans.

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May is Exercise is Medicine® Month; New Toolkit Available
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Iowa Researcher Awarded 2015 AMSSM-ACSM Clinical Research Grant
M. Kyle Smoot, MD, is the 2015 recipient of the AMSSM Foundation-ACSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant for his research titled, "The relationship between muscle damage and acute kidney injury biomarkers in American football players during preseason workouts."

The latest in a series of collaborative projects between the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, the joint Clinical Research Grant Committee selects a single proposal to receive a $20,000 award. This is the 3rd year of the partnership for the annual joint clinical research grant awards. "The grant review committee is pleased to award funding for Dr. Smoot's research proposal that will investigate new serum markers of acute kidney injury in athletes,” said Suzanne Hecht, MD, who chaired the joint organization review committee. "This research has the potential to play a role in the management of the athlete with suspected rhadomyolysis along with other possible applications."

Dr. Smoot is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he also serves as the Program Director for its sports medicine fellowship program. He has conducted research on adequacy of pre-participation cardiovascular screening in NCAA collegiate athletes, concussion protocol for student athletes and assessment of muscle damage in asymptomatic football players during strenuous activity. He received his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at UK.

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A Few Tweaks can Pump up Your Exercise Routine
USA Today
You've emptied the garage, redecorated the bedroom and turned over your closet — with spring weather comes spring cleaning, of course. But what about your exercise routine? Like everything else in life, workouts start to feel stale if you do the same activity, day in and day out.

"People associate a new fitness routine with New Year's resolutions, but spring is a great chance to change up your workout," says Barbara Bushman, professor in the kinesiology department at Missouri State University and editor of the American College of Sports Medicine's Complete Guide to Fitness and Health.

In fact, mixing up your exercise program is key to making fitness a lifelong habit. A study by exercise scientists at the University of Florida found that when people changed their routine every two weeks, they were more likely to continue exercising over the course of two months compared to those who followed the same routine. "I don't care how disciplined you are, when exercise becomes boring, you stop doing it — that's just human nature," says Jimmy Minardi, a personal trainer and founder of Minardi Training.

On a physiological level, the problem is that your body adapts to a specific routine over time, teaching itself to perform movements more efficiently. This may sound like a good thing, but it means you are burning fewer calories and activating fewer muscles, which makes losing weight and gaining fitness harder.

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