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Feb. 24, 2009  
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ACSM Expands Outreach with New “Exercise is Medicine” Book
As part of the nationally recognized program asking physicians worldwide to prescribe physical activity to their patients, ACSM announces the publication of a new book promoting the principles of Exercise is Medicine™ and providing a simple guide for health care professionals to personalize the benefits of physical activity to each patient.

ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription explains how to design practical exercise programs for otherwise healthy patients of all ages and fitness levels, as well as those with special conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, and cancer. The book also includes in-depth discussions of both the lifestyle approach to exercising regularly and the structured exercise approach.

The book is available on March 2, 2009 from publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. To pre-order a copy of the book, please visit or call 1-800-638-3030. More

ACSM Foundation Announces 2009 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship Award
In memory of Michael L. Pollock, ACSM's 26th President, the ACSM Foundation will award two $200 scholarships to graduate students who are presenting research projects at the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle. The awards will be based on the two best research projects, focused in the areas of health and fitness and/or clinical exercise physiology. The research will be evaluated by a committee of four ACSM Fellows who worked extensively with Dr. Pollock during his career, including two Past Presidents. Please click to review guidelines and submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Friday, April 3, 2009. More

Attend ACSM’s Health and Fitness Summit
Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with hundreds of experts and experience dynamic programming that can be put into action! Gain CECs at this year’s Summit on March 25-28, 2009 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. More

Study: Marathon Runners have Lower Cholesterol, Blood Pressure and Risk of Diabetes
Regular long-distance running can help prevent the metabolic syndrome, a group of diseases that can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes, says a study published in the March edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. More

The Partnership for Clean Competition Announces Grants
The Partnership for Clean Competition, an anti-doping research collaborative formed by the U.S. Olympic Committee, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, is accepting applications for funding. More

Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. Award Call for Nominations
The Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Through Empowerment) Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting cultural diversity within health promotion or who have demonstrated significant achievement in serving the health promotion needs of underserved populations. More

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'Normal' Levels of Bad Cholesterol May Be Too High
from USA Today
The bottom isn't just dropping out of the stock market. It's also giving way in a critical measure of heart risk. Two new studies indicate that the threshold of what doctors consider "normal" levels of bad cholesterol, or LDL, may be too high, leaving thousands of people vulnerable to heart attacks and strokes. More

NFL Survey Links Steroids to Injuries
from Associated Press via ESPN
The NFL's steroids era appears to have left a legacy of joint and ligament injuries as well as mental issues among those using the performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new survey. More

Sprints May be Best for Diabetes Prevention
from Reuters Health
A few minutes of intense exercise a week is just as good as a half-hour of moderate physical activity a day for reducing a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes -- and may actually be even more effective, new research hints. More

Some MRSA Infections in ICU Patients Have Been Decreasing in Recent Years
from Los Angeles Times
In contrast to the perception that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections associated with use of a catheter is an increasing problem in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, the incidence of this type of infection decreased by nearly 50 percent from 1997 - 2007, according to a study in the February 18 issue of JAMA. More

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