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In this issue:

Active Voice: Can Exercise Blunt Post-Meal Spiking of Serum Triglycerides – A CVD Risk Factor?
ACSM Integral to USA Today Family Fitness Challenge
Policy Corner: Speak Out on Sequestration of Research Funding
Registration Open for 2013 ACSM World Heart Games
May is Exercise is Medicine® Month: Simple and Quick Ways to Get Involved
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Active Voice: Can Exercise Blunt Post-Meal Spiking of Serum Triglycerides – A CVD Risk Factor?
By Wataru Aoi, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Wataru Aoi, Ph.D., an ACSM member, is an assistant professor in the Laboratory of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, at the Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan. His research focuses on the underlying mechanism regarding the effect of physical exercise and nutrition for prevention of common diseases, such as metabolic diseases and cancer. In terms of application, he is interested in effective exercise programs to educe beneficial effects.

This commentary presents Dr. Aoi's views associated with a related research report that he and his colleagues presented in the February 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

While it is important to decide the intensity, frequency, type, and duration of exercise with regard to expectations for health and fitness benefits, considering the most suitable timing for exercise in relation to other routine daily activities also can be of considerable importance. The internal physiological environment changes every hour, depending on daily activities such as a meal or sleep, and the timing of exercise around these activities is important. Our recent study published in MSSE shows a representative example.

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ACSM Integral to USA Today Family Fitness Challenge

While media of all types, with their different focus, audience and market size, frequently feature ACSM member-experts and research, the annual Family Fitness Challenge sponsored by USA Today, USA Weekend and TV’s The Doctors is a gift that keeps on giving. The health-oriented promotion, involving six diverse families selected from among more than 400 who applied, will highlight the work of ACSM experts over the next few months.

USA Today's Nanci Hellmich turned to ACSM’s Communication & Public Information department in planning the challenge, as she often does when researching her stories. CPI recommended Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, and Felicia Stoler, RD, DCN, FACSM, to help screen the families who applied to be part of the challenge. Both are quoted in the kickoff cover story. Today's story profiles another family facing the challenges of exercising and eating well amid busy lives.

The Family Fitness Challenge reaches millions of readers and viewers, sharing evidence-based information about physical activity and nutrition, and motivating them to improve and maintain their fitness levels. ACSM is grateful to the professional members and certified professionals who have agreed to share their expertise. Look for updates in USA Today and USA Weekend and on The Doctors, as well as on www.acsm.org and in future issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

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Policy Corner: Speak Out on Sequestration of Research Funding

Among the dire consequences if Congress fails to forestall budget sequestration would be hits to federal funding for scientific research. With many members who would be deeply affected and many more who support research as fundamentally important to the nation, ACSM urges all to speak out before the Feb. 28 deadline.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has provided the following action alert to ACSM and other constituent societies. When you create your message to elected officials, make sure to note that you are a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Please invite your colleagues to weigh in as well, and share your message with policy@acsm.org.


Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies is still threatened! If sequestration goes into effect on March 1st, NIH and NSF face an immediate budget cut of approximately five percent.

Thanks to your efforts, we were successful in making our voices heard on Capitol Hill last year. We cannot afford to back down now – especially as some members of the new Congress are calling for even bigger cuts to the part of the federal budget that funds research. Please go to http://capwiz.com/faseb/issues/alert/?alertid=62385281 to email your Senators and Representative today to urge them to continue – not cut – essential funding for research. You can use information from FASEB’s new NIH congressional district and state factsheets, as well as our NSF factsheets in your email messages. Sending an email to your elected officials is easy and only takes a few minutes using the link above. Please also forward this alert to your friends and colleagues and urge them to take action as well.

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Registration Open for 2013 ACSM World Heart Games

Whether you are a cardiac rehabilitation specialist, cardiologist, registered nurse, physical therapist, physician, exercise specialist, or a professor or student of cardiology, we'd like to see you and your patients at the 2013 ACSM World Heart Games, an Olympic-style competition for individuals with cardiovascular disease or associated risk factors. The Games will be held May 17 & 18 in Decatur, Georgia at Agnes Scott College.

Athletes can compete in a wide variety of challenging but safe activities at the ACSM World Heart Games. These provide a monitored and competitive way for the participants to be active in a way that they're comfortable with. For more information, please contact Todd Oliver at toliver@acsm.org.

Registration is OPEN for athletes looking to "Reclaim the Joy of Sports!"

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May is Exercise is Medicine® Month: Simple and Quick Ways to Get Involved

Exercise is Medicine® Month 2013 is quickly approaching. This year, it's easier than ever to get involved. Now and during the month of May, you can:
  • Secure a governor's or mayor's proclamation from your state governor or local mayor declaring May as Exercise is Medicine Month. After getting your elected official’s signature, send us a copy at eim@acsm.org, so we can recognize your efforts. If you secure a proclamation, ask the mayor to hold a special press announcement or event signifying EIM Month. It’s an opportunity for officials to showcase their commitment to the importance of physical activity.
  • Be one of the first in the world to earn the Exercise is Medicine Credential. The EIM Credential shows health care providers that a fitness professional is qualified to help their patients get the exercise they’ve prescribed. Fitness professionals interested in building their client referral base are eligible.
  • Utilize the resources in the EIM Health Care Providers' Action Guide and the EIM Health & Fitness Professionals' Action Guide. In the guides, you’ll find information on the exercise prescription and referral process and much more.
  • Sign up for EIM updates and tools. You’ll receive more ideas and resources for integrating Exercise is Medicine into your professional life.
Look for more EIM Month updates and resources in future issues of SMB.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


Walking after meals helps your heart health
Bend Bulletin
Forget the siesta after the big meal, especially if you’re concerned at all about heart disease. New research says going for a walk after eating can lower your level of triglycerides, a type of blood lipid.

The study suggests that the timing of exercise can be effective in managing triglyceride levels. High triglyceride levels can put people at risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and other heart-related conditions, according to the study’s primary investigator, Wataru Aoi, Ph.D., of Kyoto Prefectural University in Kyoto, Japan.

The study, recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, sampled healthy participants who were not currently participating in an exercise program and found a low-intensity exercise combination of walking and light resistance exercises suppressed the elevation of triglycerides after eating a high-fat meal.

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Couples who exercise together reap many rewards
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Today, some couples will celebrate with a gift exchange, maybe even something that sparkles.

The saying goes that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but there may be an even better way to get your significant other's heart racing.

Planning an exercise regimen for you and your partner may not seem romantic, but you'd be surprised. Experts say couples who work out together can reap a variety of benefits.

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