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ACSM American Fitness Index™ releases latest metro-area rankings
Be there: EIM World Congress charter signing, opening ceremony, global launch
Policy Corner: ACSM-backed childhood obesity resolution passes House
ACSM Fellow Testifies at Senate Hearing on ACSM-Supported "Fit Kids" Bill
Support EIM Month by contacting your local media outlets
View photos, watch video from World Heart Games
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

ACSM American Fitness Index™ Releases Latest Metro-area Rankings
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Report serves as community tool, guide to better city health

The ACSM American Fitness Index™ has released the 2010 version of its metro-area health and fitness rankings. The 50 largest cities in the United States are scientifically scored according to various health indicators, from physical activity levels to smoking rates.

For the second year, Washington, D.C. (and surrounding metro area), earned the top spot in the AFI rankings, followed by Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. Communities can use their AFI rankings and scores to work on existing challenges, ultimately improving local health and reducing chronic disease rates.

The rankings were profiled in a multi-page spread in the June issue of SHAPE magazine and a feature in USA Today, among other media outlets.

AFI’s community resources are useful for all communities – even those not on the rankings or outside of the United States – to improve their health and fitness. A new "My AFI" application allows cities not included in the AFI rankings to determine their health & fitness score. Visit www.americanfitnessindex.org for the full report (and see page 113 for the My AFI tool).

Be There: EIM World Congress Charter Signing, Opening Ceremony, Global Launch
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Charter signing will join international attendees in shared health mission

Don't miss the globalization and celebration of the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™ next week in Baltimore. Be part of a historic event that will, in addition to scientific and practical workshops, include:
  • An opening ceremony, featuring live entertainment, featured speakers and international networking opportunities. (June 1, 6:45 p.m., Hilton Baltimore)
  • The presentation of the Exercise is Medicine Global Charter, signifying worldwide commitment to action to affirm physical activity as an integral part of health promotion and disease prevention and treatment. The charter will join global representatives in the shared mission of improving health worldwide. The Charter is available for review and comment here. All attendees at the official global launch are invited to sign the Charter and affirm their commitment to a healthy world. (June 3, 6:45 p.m., Hilton Baltimore)
Visit www.acsm.org/annualmeeting for previews of these and other EIM World Congress and ACSM Annual Meeting events. And it’s not too late to make your travel plans; on-site registration is available in Baltimore.

KinetiSense™ Wireless 3-D Motion Analysis
Accelerometers and gyroscopes packaged in a compact user worn sensor measure linear acceleration and angular velocity from up to five points on the body. Data can be transmitted in real time to a PC or stored in device memory. Click here for more information.

Policy Corner: ACSM-backed Childhood Obesity Resolution Passes House
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September may be officially designated “Childhood Obesity Awareness Month” if a resolution recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives successfully receives a presidential proclamation.

Representatives Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) and Kay Granger (R-TX) introduced H.R. 996 to the House. The measure collected an “overwhelming” amount of approval votes, according to Rep. Fudge’s office, following unanimous Senate approval of a similar resolution in April.

ACSM is among the leading organizations named in H.R. 996 and has been actively working with elected officials to support the measure.

ACSM is among the leading organizations named in H.R. 996 and has been actively working with elected officials to educate and inform them on the issue.

ACSM Fellow Testifies at Senate Hearing on ACSM-Supported "Fit Kids" Bill
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Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on “Programs Supporting Student Health, Physical Education, and Well-Being.” The hearing called for testimony about addressing issues such as childhood obesity through health and physical education programs in schools, a topic often included in discussions related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/No Child Left Behind) reauthorization. The Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act (S. 634), introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in March, was addressed during the hearing. ACSM Fellow and main architect of the National Physical Activity Plan, Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, spoke at the hearing, saying there is a need to create "a system that holds the schools accountable for providing students with physical education and other physical activity programs that meet accepted national standards." More

ACCUSPLIT Certified Accurate Pedometers

The commitment to accuracy that produces professional stopwatches, since 1972, now produces reliable and accurate pedometers for your research and wellness programs. Go to ACCUSPLIT Pedometers or AE120XL or call 800-935-1996, x205.

Support EIM Month by Contacting Your Local Media Outlets
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Although Exercise is Medicine Month is in full swing, action is still needed to improve health in your local community. Informing the public about the need for higher levels of physical activity and greater doctor/patient interaction on exercise is as easy as sending a letter to the editor of your local publication. Correspondence is easy with this ready-made letter to the editor; simply add your name and title (and feel free to add a bit about how you’re incorporating EIM into your professional and personal life), and send away.

More resources, tools, and testimonials can be found at www.exerciseismedicinemonth.org.

Human Metabolic-rate Systems
Sable Systems' human metabolic-rate systems are more precise, stable and user friendly than any metabolic cart. Portable or bench-top systems automate acquisition of VO2, VCO2 and RER. Analysis is GLP compliant. For research with animal models, Sable meets and surpasses all international standards for energy expenditure and food monitoring. MORE

View Photos, Watch Video from World Heart Games
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Watch cardiac rehab patients in action at the ACSM World Heart Games! This Olympic-style competition helped patients “reclaim the joy of sports” through activities such as bocce ball, volleyball, bowling and more.

View Facebook photo album (and, while you’re there, become a fan of ACSM’s page!)

Watch YouTube highlights of the Games

Tell us on Facebook: Why is returning to an active lifestyle so crucial for cardiac rehab patients?

Human physiology systems

Human physiology systems Measure spirometry, metabolic rates, biopotentials & much more See us @ Booth 634, ACSM, ADInstruments

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.


NFL Urges Governors to Adopt Concussion Law
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to 44 governors urging them to pass a law similar to one in Washington state that protects young athletes from concussions. More

The Right Way to Warm Up Is (Your Answer Here)
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Exercise researchers say they are not surprised by the lack of consensus on warming up. There is a theory of why it should improve performance, but there is dearth of good research on whether it actually does. More
Actical wireless monitor
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Velotron Electronic Bicycle Ergometer
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SonoSite's M-Turbo®
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Compact cart for Accurate Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Testing
The new Quark CPET from COSMED comes optionally with a 7 liters volume physical mixing chamber, which allows accurate measurements of pulmonary gas exchange data analysis (VO2, VCO2) both for low and high ventilation ranges. Quark CPET, with fast-response sensor technology and with fully integrated 12-lead stress testing ECG, suits to any possible applications in sport science!! More info
The GT3X-plus & ActiLife5 by ActiGraph: The Next Generation in Activity Measurement!
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