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Jan. 22, 2009  
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Meet the Candidates: ACSM 2009 Election

With the momentum coming from a historic national election, particularly in voter turnout, please plan to take part in ACSM’s annual election, and make your voice heard for your profession.

Next month, members who are eligible to vote will receive information announcing the open date for the 2009 election. This is your opportunity to help shape ACSM’s leadership and priorities for the years ahead. Please take a moment to meet your candidates and review their platforms on advancing the important work of the College.

An e-mail and postcard will arrive soon, including information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password. Please contact Chris Sawyer at with any questions on this year’s election. Click here to meet the candidates

Congressional Stimulus Legislation Proposes Significant Science/Prevention Funding

ACSM is at work already with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the new 111th Congress on several policy matters. A proposed economic stimulus bill recognizes the importance of science as well as health promotion and disease prevention. The $825 billion bill includes $10 billion for a variety of investments in science, including $3.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, and $2 billion for the Office of Science in the Department of Energy. Additional funding for the Agricultural Research Service and Veterans Administration medical facilities is also included in the bill. The House of Representatives also is considering several provisions to support and strengthen health promotion and disease prevention efforts in the United States. The House Appropriations Committee is discussing The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (bill number not yet assigned) this week. Updates will be provided in next week’s issue of SMB. For a summary of the total amount of funding included in the bill for science initiatives and additional details about how the money is to be distributed within federal science agencies, read here. Links to the bill language and additional information about the legislation are included in the summary and may also be viewed here (bill) and here (report). The House Appropriations Committee Web site press release is online. To join ACSM advocacy efforts, please visit here. More

Drinkwater Fund Surpasses $10K

Debuting at the 55th Annual Meeting’s cherished Josephine Rathbone Breakfast, ACSM President Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM announced a fund in honor of Dr. Barbara Drinkwater, who has inspired the membership with her remarkable accomplishments. The Drinkwater Research Fund for Women's Health in Sports and Physical Activity, which resides in the ACSM Foundation, has since exceeded $10,000 in donations and has been established as a permanent fund. Through the generosity of ACSM members like you, this accomplishment means that the ACSM Foundation can immediately begin using the fund to support research efforts. Until the fund meets the full research endowment amount of $125,000 (to provide a research grant in perpetuity), a travel scholarship will be awarded to an international female investigator in the field of physical activity and sports to attend the 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle.

To learn more about how to support this inspirational fund, please email Jessica Hancock at the ACSM Foundation. Thank you to all who have contributed to the success of this fund and most importantly, to the honor of Barbara Drinkwater! More

ACSM in the News

ACSM membership boasts an outstanding group of highly regarded experts in their respective fields. By no means is this an exhaustive report of ACSM members making news. "ACSM in the News" reports on news organizations that cite ACSM members as authorities on the health, fitness and science aspects of sports and exercise. More

ACSM Congratulates Melissa Johnson

The American College of Sports Medicine congratulates Melissa Johnson on her term of service as the executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. ACSM, as one of PCPFS’s first scientific partners, has had the privilege and opportunity to work with Melissa on partnerships and programs for more than five years. At the launch of Exercise is Medicine, she spoke to how the program resonates with the national objectives of the Council to enhance Americans’ fitness. Thank you, Melissa, for your service and dedication to America’s health and wellness.

Attend the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit!

The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit March 25-28, 2009 is the perfect opportunity for you to distinguish yourself from other professionals in the field of health and fitness. Our faculty members are passionate about their profession, and we guarantee you will catch their enthusiasm on site. In addition to hearing presentations and seeing demonstrations, you will walk away with a final program full of valuable career resources and three “take-away messages” per session that you can use the minute you leave. Register before January 30 and save! More

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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.

Health Clubs Gear Programs for Those with Ailments
from USA Today
When Patti Kiernan found out she had osteoporosis, she decided it was time to find a more focused workout. The 61-year-old signed up for a fitness program at her Dallas gym that's geared specifically for women with health problems. Kiernan liked the four-week Female Focus program so much she's still in after two years. More

Chronically Ill or Disabled Kids Need Exercise, Too
from Reuters Health
Children with chronic illnesses or disability can often benefit from the right exercise program, showing improved quality of life, greater aerobic capacity and better function, according to a report published this month. But chronically ill or disabled children and teens who aren't active can get out of shape and too fat, just like their peers who aren't challenged by illness or disability, warns Dr. Patrick J. Morris of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. More

How to Take Strain Off Back Pain
from the Chicago Tribune
Chronic, debilitating back pain often drives adults to explore unconventional treatment options. In 2007, it was the most common reason adults tried alternative methods (17.1 percent), followed by joint pain or stiffness and/or other joint condition (5.2 percent), arthritis (3.5 percent) and other musculoskeletal conditions (1.8 percent), according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Here's a look at the different options an integrative physician might draw on to treat back pain caused by muscle strain. More

Are Wii Kidding Our Kids?
from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Though video games were never a first choice for physical activity, Nintendo's Wii may be an exception to the rule. The Wii and Wii Fit are proving to be much more interactive activities than the traditional game consoles. According to a Kansas State University researcher, game consoles like the Wii and game Wii Fit actually contribute to the promotion of physical activity for people of all ages. More

Target That Could Ease Spinal Muscular Atrophy Symptoms Discovered
from Science Daily
There is no cure for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes the weakening of muscles and is the leading genetic cause of infant death, but University of Missouri researchers have discovered a new therapeutic target that improves deteriorating skeletal muscle tissue caused by SMA. The new therapy enhanced muscle strength, improved gross motor skills and increased the lifespan in a SMA model. More

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