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Q&A: An Innovative New Book for Promoting Fitness and Nutrition — Grounded in the Latest Science, Aiming to Optimize Health and Promote Behavior Change
Conference to Focus on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function and Academic Achievement
Policy Corner: Updated Principles Guide Animal Research
Compendium of Physical Activities Receives Second Update
ACSM Goes on Record Supporting Responsible Health Reporting
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Q&A: An Innovative New Book for Promoting Fitness and Nutrition — Grounded in the Latest Science, Aiming to Optimize Health and Promote Behavior Change
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Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM is Professor at Missouri State University, teaching in the area of exercise testing and prescription. She holds several ACSM certifications and is an associate editor for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. Dr. Bushman is the lead author of ACSM’s Action Plan for Menopause (Human Kinetics, 2005) and editor of the newly released ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health, which is the subject of this commentary.

Early this spring, Dr. Bushman, having collaborated with more than 20 fellow experts, published ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (2011, Human Kinetics). The book is based on the latest and most definitive physical activity and nutrition guidelines. This resource provides ways to individualize physical activity programs that can satisfy participant preferences in a manner consistent with safely achieving health and fitness outcomes. SMB had the opportunity to ask Dr. Bushman a few questions about this unique publication.

Q&A questions include:
  • Who is the target audience for this book, and what led to its development?
  • What sets this book apart from other fitness books?
  • How can the Complete Guide complement the Exercise is Medicine® initiative?
  • How does the book address the special medical and health conditions often faced by individuals? More

Conference to Focus on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function and Academic Achievement
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Educators, academicians, scientists, practitioners, policy-makers and parents will gather in Washington, D.C., Nov. 17-18 for the 2011 Physical Activity, Cognitive Function and Academic Achievement Conference. Co-chairs Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, and Chuck Hillman, Ph.D., have enlisted more than 15 leading experts to examine the promising connection between physical activity and academic achievement and to explore innovative approaches to physical activity, school policies and academic achievement.

Register by Aug. 31 for the lowest rate; abstract submission deadline is Sept. 19.

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Policy Corner: Updated Principles Guide Animal Research
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Research involving animal subjects is central to the work of many ACSM scientists. On July 7, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society, submitted comments on the 2011 International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals. The principles are intended to be used by the international scientific community to guide the responsible use of vertebrate animals in scientific and/or educational activities. The International Council on Laboratory Animal Science and the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences co-drafted the principles to assist ethics committees, animal care committees, organizations, and countries in developing programs for the humane care and use of animals in research and education, especially those entities operating without federal or national regulations. This latest revision is intended to be an update to the 1985 guidance document. More

Compendium of Physical Activities Receives Second Update
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The August 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise features the second revision of the Compendium of Physical Activities. The Compendium was originally developed for estimating and classifying the energy cost of many different types of human physical activity. The Compendium is widely used in wide a variety of research and intervention applications. The newest revision includes new and updated energy costs for many activities, and provides literature references for energy expenditure values that are assigned to activities. This new Compendium promises to be as important and useful a contribution to the field as the original.

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ACSM Goes on Record Supporting Responsible Health Reporting
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Members and staff of the College take seriously their roles in bringing forth definitive information and recommendations based on science and evidence. Journalists turn to ACSM for expert sources and definitive research on the gamut of topics addressed by this multi-disciplinary organization.

ACSM leaders have now gone on record in support of practices that elevate the quality of health reporting. In its July 11 teleconference, the Administrative Council voted to recognize the ten criteria for responsible health reporting as articulated by Health News Review. The move follows an invitation for Gary Schwitzer, publisher of Health News Review, to address the Communication and Public Information session at the 2011 ACSM Annual Meeting in Denver last month. Taking to task media stories that minimize risks of new treatments, exaggerate benefits or ignore conflicts of interest, Schwitzer said, “Even in 300 words, you can explain that in health care more isn’t always better, newer isn’t always better, and screening doesn’t always make sense… We don’t expect the story to talk about a drug that’s in phase-one clinical trials as if it’s available at the corner drugstore.”

In recognizing HNR’s ten criteria, ACSM underscores what it has long practiced: accurate descriptions of research results, including study design, sample size and clear discussion of absolute vs. relative benefits. Other principles include acknowledgment of funding sources and refraining from sensationalizing results. As technology and market forces continue to roil the world of journalism, ACSM remains committed to sharing new knowledge in the interest of better health.



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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.

Exercise: The New Doctor's Orders
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Just tick off any of the commonly talked about chronic diseases and conditions: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity and you may well find an alarming link to physical inactivity.

Despite all the public service announcements about the benefits of exercise, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Americans aren’t listening. According to a recent survey from Russell Research, 67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, but only 52 percent of Americans believe they are overweight or obese. Our inattention computes to a reported $102 billion annually for physical inactivity associated illness.

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Making the Cardio Scene With the Rowing Machine
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Overshadowed by rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers, the rowing machine is vertically challenged, usually solitary and often consigned to one of the darker corners of the gym.

But experts say if you take time to explore this wallflower of the fitness center, you'll discover a smooth operator that's easy on the joints and endowed with a powerful burn.

"It's probably the best piece of workout equipment in the gym," said Dr. Timothy Hosea of the American College of Sports Medicine. "It's a total fitness machine. Unlike running or elliptical, where you use your legs, you exercise every major muscle group in the body in a smooth, controlled manner."

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