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Jan. 8, 2009  
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Welcome to the New Weekly ACSM Sports Medicine Bulletin

Happy New Year and welcome to your first issue of the new weekly ACSM Sports Medicine Bulletin (SMB). Our goal for SMB as a weekly newsletter is to increase timeliness and to provide key reports and breaking news relevant to the fields of sports medicine and exercise science. More

Exercise Is Medicine Update: ACSM Teams up with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General on Public Service Announcement Campaign

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has established a strategic partnership with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, currently with acting surgeon general Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. As part of this collaboration, ACSM is pleased to introduce a new public service announcement (PSA) series available for your use as an ACSM member.

The PSAs feature the acting surgeon general and a message encouraging physical activity. The series promotes Exercise is Medicine to adult consumers, youth and health care professionals, respectively. Choose the version that best suits your needs, and publish on your Web site, in your publications, or any other print purposes (flyers, handouts). View and download the PSAs at

Creation of U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines Fulfills Long-Standing ACSM Policy Goal; Now It's Time to Use Them!

The October 2008 release of “The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was a landmark event in improving the public's health through increased physical activity. The creation of federal physical activity guidelines has been a long-standing policy goal of ACSM. In 2006, ACSM convened a large array of leading national organizations in Washington, D.C., for a conference focused on policy issues related to advancing physical activity and health. All organizational representatives at the meeting strongly supported a call for the development of U.S. physical activity guidelines as a key building block.

ACSM worked with many of these groups for the development of the Guidelines to be authorized by HHS, and ACSM is now leading a charge in Congress to ensure they are regularly updated and promoted, as is the case with dietary guidelines. But the Guidelines have to be used with patients and the public to have the impact we all want. ACSM has a number of efforts underway to promote their use, which has included the College's involvement in the HHS launch event last October, and the virtual launch that took place this week. We encourage you to use and promote the physical activity guidelines, and refer to information and tools available on the HHS Web site at and ACSM’s Web site at For the 2006 ACSM policy plan for physical activity and health that included the call for U.S. Guidelines, click here.

ACSM Expands Work with NIH to Elevate the Importance of Exercise Science

Following a successful one-day conference in October 2008, ACSM and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are continuing efforts to emphasize the scientific opportunity and public health importance of research related to physical activity and health, and to physical inactivity and chronic diseases. Plans are now underway to stage a series of workshops on the NIH campus, with the next one occurring in October 2009.

Top scientists and researchers from both ACSM and NIH will place increased focus and visibility on exercise science and scientific opportunities in promoting and researching the importance of physical activity and the costs of physical inactivity.

In 2006, ACSM convened a historic 35-organization conference on elevating the importance of physical activity, which resulted in this important partnership with the National Institutes of Health. Look for more information on the second-annual conference in future issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

Exercise is Medicine: Make May the Month for Movement!

The month of May will once again serve a springboard to help the public get up and active. For the second year, ACSM and the Exercise is Medicine program have named May “Exercise is Medicine Month,” a time ACSM members can celebrate the benefits of physical activity and play a crucial role in promoting healthier, more active lifestyles.

Exercise is Medicine encourages all physicians and health care providers to talk with their patients about physical activity and its wide array of benefits. Last year, a number of cities and states signed official proclamations designating May as Exercise is Medicine month, and we need your help in achieving an even higher level of success in 2009. Working with public officials in your community is a great place to start; download a local mayoral proclamation here, and a state governor’s proclamation here.

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ACSM’s Health and Fitness Summit

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

The content expressed on external news websites does not express the opinion of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Does Exercise Really Make You Healthier?
from Scientific American
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) late 2008 released its new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, calling for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 to exercise moderately (such as brisk walking or water aerobics) for at least two hours and 30 minutes or vigorously (running, swimming, or cycling 10 mph or faster) for at least an hour and 15 minutes weekly. The longer, harder and more often you exercise, the greater the health benefits, including reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to the recommendations, which were based on a decade of scientific research. More

Connecting the Medical Dots
from Washington Post
Congress is considering adding money for health information technology to January's stimulus package. Doing so could spur a critical mass of the nation's doctors to finally enter the information age, but unless the funds are tied to standards for the interoperability of health IT systems, the expenditure could do more harm than good. Before lawmakers act, they need to think: If stimulus money supports a proliferation of systems that can't exchange information, we will only be replacing paper-based silos of medical information with more expensive, computer-based silos that are barely more useful. Critical information will remain trapped in proprietary systems, unable to get to where it's needed. More

Don’t Starve a Cold of Exercise
from The New York Times
You have what seems to be a really bad cold. You are coughing and sneezing, and it is hard to breathe. Should you work out? And if you do, should you push yourself as hard as ever or take it easy? Will exercise have no effect, or make you feel better or worse? It is a question, surprisingly enough, that stumps many exercise physiologists and infectious disease specialists. More

Motor Skills Key To Children's Fitness, Study Finds
from the Houston Chronicle
There might be a way to predict whether young children will grow into active teens — or fall prey to a more sedentary lifestyle. The key? Motor skills. More

Exercise May Be Best Medicine
from ABC News
More doctors are prescribing working out as treatment for patients. More

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