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Active Voice: ActivEarth — A Leaner, Greener, Healthier Planet through People-Powered Transportation

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, is professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Her research encompasses sports nutrition, as well as nutritional strategies to reduce inflammation and related health complications associated with obesity. Dr. Rankin has been involved in various capacities with ACSM for more than 30 years, with culmination as president in 2012-2013. She established the global ActivEarth Convergence as her presidential legacy program.

Quick, give me a word that you associate with climate change — did you pick “physical activity?” Probably not, but I hope to share evidence to persuade you that there is a strong link between these two global challenges.

Exercise reduces incidence of most noncommunicable diseases, but less than half of all U.S. adults are doing enough physical activity to meet health recommendations. Rather than making physical activity the easy, default behavior, many would say that we have designed our communities for cars rather than people. On average, we spend more than an hour in our vehicle every day, mostly by ourselves. This emphasis on fossil fuel-dependent transport contributes about one-quarter globally and one-third of the U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.

Clearly there are distances and situations that require motorized vehicle transport, but 27 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than a mile. Although this is a walkable or bikeable distance for most people, only about one-third of these trips are done actively. Inadequate infrastructure is partly to blame, but attitude and culture also help explain why only 3.4 percent of U.S. adults commute by biking or walking. In contrast, up to 51 percent of Europeans commute by biking or walking.
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ACSM's NiCole Keith at Apple Event Today

ACSM Vice President NiCole Keith is representing ACSM today at a major Apple corporation conference in Cupertino, California. Apple will be releasing several new products this afternoon, including a new wearable fitness device. NiCole will also be meeting with several Apple executives while in Cupertino to explore collaborative opportunities between Apple and ACSM. Look for NiCole's recap of the event in a future issue of SMB.

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Certification Name Change Open to Public Comment
ACSM's Committee on Certification and Registry Boards has taken on an ambitious strategic planning project with the overriding goal of moving the profession forward. The four categories for this first phase of the project are as follows:
  • Define the professions within the field, in order to advance the profession
  • Promote the value of an Exercise Science degree
  • Establish consistency of title and scope of practice in all ACSM certifications
  • Promote ACSM's gold standard certifications to employers
In making progress toward consistency of ACSM certification titles, the CCRB Executive Council has voted to approve change the current title of ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist to ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist in an effort to establish a protected title to improve recognition of degreed exercise professionals who are ACSM certified. Before finalizing the process the CCRB is putting the issue up for public comment. If you are interested in reviewing the proposal and making a comment, please send an email to to request a link to the public comment survey.

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Apply Now for 2015 ACSM Foundation Research Grants

ACSM is now accepting applications for the 2015 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2014, ACSM funded 24 grants through this program, awarding a total of $140,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities, which can be found under Student Awards and Research Grants on the ACSM website. Choose the grant opportunity that's right for you.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 16, 2015. Contact Michael Dell at or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.

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Check out a Social Media Community for Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

One of the key pillars of success for type 1 diabetes management is participating in exercise and sport. However, the challenge of balancing sport and blood sugar levels can be a demanding task. At times, people with diabetes, their families and coaching staff find themselves discouraged by not knowing how to be successful in achieving this balance. But you can help.

In March, representatives of a newly formed partnership between Eli Lilly and Company and T1D Exchange met with ACSM and other sport and wellness organizations in Indianapolis. One of the outcomes from those discussions was a unified effort to educate and discuss the issues of being an active person with diabetes via an established social media peer network called Glu (

Glu is T1D Exchange's online community of more than 10,500 members designed to accelerate research and amplify the collective voice of those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Glu serves as an important (and free) resource for learning about diabetes, offering articles, questions of the day and opportunities to participate in research.

Why Get Involved?
  • Learn from people with diabetes and families engaging in discussions about T1D management in sport and exercise
  • Contribute to dialogues about coaching and athletic experiences pertaining to diabetes
  • Discover the challenges and best practices when managing diabetes and sport
On Glu, you have the opportunity to ask the community questions, join in discussions and share best practices. Through the collective voice of our community, we can help educate those new to type 1 diabetes and provide support to those seeking to connect with others like them. Join us today to find out more.

For more information, please contact Christine Frost at or at 617-892-6114.

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Don't Forget: Register for Tomorrow's Free Webinar on U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity

Register now for a free webinar tomorrow, Sept. 10, which will discuss the U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity.

At a congressional briefing in April, the National Physical Activity Plan, in collaboration with ACSM, released the groundbreaking 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The National Physical Activity Plan focuses on tactics and strategies for addressing physical activity. The report card is the first in an historic series of report cards that will provide an unprecedented benchmark using a unified methodology on this critical public health issue.

This webinar will discuss the implications of the PA Report Card, including a question and answer session with Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM and Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM. View this video for more information about the report card.

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Mark Your Calendars: Essentials for Sports Medicine: From Sideline to Clinic (ACSM Team Physician Course)

The ACSM Team Physician Course — Part II will be held Feb. 4-8, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. ACSM’s Team Physician Course was designed to give primary care and specialty physicians and other health care providers the core knowledge to care for sports teams in the community. The course is offered in two parts (in February of each year).

Participants are not required to complete courses in sequential order.

Topics for Part II include: musculoskeletal, overuse, knee, hip, foot and ankle, rehabilitation, pharmacology, child, environmental, conditioning and training, nutrition, dermatology, organization and administration, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.

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AHA Clarifies When Non-MDs May Supervise Cardiac Stress Tests
Nonphysicians with appropriate training and sufficient experience may safely conduct and oversee cardiac stress tests without a physician being present in the room, but a physician must be there when a high-risk patient is being tested. This recommendation is spelled out in a new AHA scientific statement on the supervision of clinical exercise testing by nonphysicians — which includes clinical exercise physiologists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physical therapists.

"The key take-away is that it's okay to do what we all do anyway," writing group chair Dr Jonathan Myers (VA Palo Alto Health Care System, CA) told heartwire . "The statement provides ... a license or permission for a nonphysician to conduct ... an exercise test [in most cases], provided they have the appropriate knowledge, background, skills, and abilities" to do so and are supported by a nearby physician who can evaluate the patient prior to the test or handle any rare medical emergency that may arise.

This society-issued statement supports earlier ones about exercise testing, but it also delves further and "provides guidance for the first time ... about who should be conducting the exercise test, when the cardiologist should be present for the test, and when they may not need to be present," Myers said.

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Exercise should be part of treatment, disease prevention — experts
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Appropriate exercise and suitable physical activities performed under the guidance of medical, health, and exercise professionals should be recognized and prescribed as a “medicine” and should be included by healthcare providers in the standard menu of options for the prevention, treatment, and management of certain diseases, health experts said at a forum last month.

Dr. Mark Stoutenberg and Dr. Rodolfo Florentino field questions from reporters during the press conference.

Dr. Rodolfo Florentino, chair of the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Philippines Task Force and vice president of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO), said their goal is to make exercise and physical activities a "standard part of the global prevention and treatment medical paradigm."

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