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Sports Medicine Bulletin
March 24, 2009  
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ACSM Announces Honor and Citation Award Recipients
The Awards and Tributes Committee is pleased to announce the following 2009 Honor and Citation award recipients. These individuals have displayed outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences throughout their career. They will be recognized during the Annual Meeting Awards Banquet on Friday, May 29, 2009 in Seattle.

2009 Honor Award Recipient
Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM

2009 Citation Award Recipients
Louise M. Burke, Ph.D., FACSM
Kirk J. Cureton, Ph.D., FACSM
Patty Freedson, Ph.D., FACSM
Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM
Michael J. Joyner, M.D., FACSM

Read more about these individuals here.

ACSM Fellows: 2010 Honor and Citation Award Nominations Due Soon
The Awards and Tributes Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Honor and Citation Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15, 2009. For honor and citation award descriptions and nominations instructions, click here.

Exercise is Medicine™ Introduces New Toolkit for Special Events, Promotion
ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ initiative has introduced a new toolkit for physicians, fitness professionals, members of the public, organizations and businesses. The Exercise is Medicine™ Action and Promotion Toolkit provides action steps, information and resources about how to incorporate physical activity into your life. In this toolkit, you’ll also find tips and tools to plan your own Exercise is Medicine™ local event or activity during Exercise is Medicine™ Month in May or throughout the year, including a PowerPoint slide deck. Access the toolkit here.

ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Going on Now in Atlanta
The 13th-annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition is going on now in Atlanta. Click here each day this week for news and highlights from the Summit. More

Annual Meeting Advance Program Available
With a record-number of abstracts and more than 200 sessions, ACSM’s 56th Annual Meeting promises to provide an exceptional array of cutting-edge science and clinical sessions. Check out the blend of expert speakers from around the globe, symposia and exhibits in the Advance Program. More

LATE-BREAKING SCIENCE: New Studies Reported Early this Month
Americans in mid-late life are less healthy than Europeans at all levels of wealth, but the burden of chronic diseases seem disproportionately greater among the poor. Physical inactivity, obesity and smoking are identifiable contributors. More

Middle-aged and older men with hypertension were followed for several years at VA Medical Centers. Those with aerobic capacities of 5.1-7.0 METs showed 1/3 better survival than less fit counterparts. Risk reduction, incrementally related to fitness, persistent even after adjusting results for other disease risks and medications. More

ACSM Honor Fellow Changes Role at PBRC, Returning to Research
Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., FACSM, executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC) recently announced plans to step down this summer to return to fulltime duties as a faculty member and researcher. More

“How Coaching Works”: Register Now for April 1 Webinar
The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM affiliate society, will host a one-hour Webinar on April 1, 2009, presented by Margaret Moore, Founder & CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation. The presentation, “How Coaching Works,” will explore a new metaframe for coaching psychology called Humanistic Relationship designed for Constructive Development. This affordable educational program is presented in a Webinar/teleconference format and allows multiple attendees to participate under a single registration. 1.0 CEC is provided. IAWHP is the first global association dedicated to the advancement of worksite health promotion practitioners! Visit the IAWHP Web site for complete Webinar or organizational information.

Student Awards: Deadline Approaching
2009 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship Award
In memory of Michael L. Pollock, ACSM's 26th President, the ACSM Foundation will award two 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.

2009 Steven M. Horvath Travel Award
In memory of Steven M. Horvath, Ph.D., FACSM, the ACSM Foundation will be awarding two travel awards through the Steven M. Horvath Travel Award fund. The purpose of the awards is to provide annual assistance to help fund travel expenses accrued by underrepresented minority graduate students to present their scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash. Please click here to review details and submit your application to ACSM no later than Monday, April 13.

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
from MSN
National guidelines urge all Americans to engage in "moderate physical activity" at least 2.5 hours a week, but what does that mean if you're out for a stroll? A new study provides the answer: It's equivalent to a brisk walk, or about 1,000 steps every 10 minutes. "Now we know what moderate is," said the study's lead author, Simon J. Marshall, an assistant professor of exercise and nutritional sciences at San Diego State University. More

Obesity Danger 'Rivals Smoking'
from BBC News
Being severely obese is as hazardous to health as a lifetime of smoking, shortening life by a decade, a group of Oxford University experts has warned. Even moderate obesity cuts life expectancy by about three years, says the Clinical Trial Service Unit. More

Make Your Pedometer Work for Your Heart
from Scientific American
If you're trying to get or stay in shape, you've probably heard that walking 10,000 steps a day can do the trick. But maybe you've found that the recommendation, which the American College of Sports Medicine promoted in the 1990s and has since been widely adopted by exercise-promotion campaigns, isn't doable in your busy life — or that it doesn’t raise your heart rate enough to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. More

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Sustained Physical Activity Better for Preventing Obesity in Kids
from Newswise
Several bursts of exercise that last five minutes or more might be better for preventing childhood obesity than are intermittent physical activity sessions lasting four minutes or less throughout the day. That is the key message from a four-year study that researchers at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada conducted. The findings appear in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. More

Ethnic Background Matters for Type 2 Diabetes
Many studies have shown an association between excess body weight and physical inactivity in the development of type 2 diabetes. However, in this study, the researchers found that the effects of body weight and diet appear to differ depending on an individual’s ethnic background. Moreover, differences in prevalence among different ethnic groups persisted in normal-weight and underweight participants. More

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