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In this issue:

Active Voice: Strength Training Lowers Risk of Impaired Glucose Metabolism at the Population Level
Register by April 12 for the 2013 World Heart Games, hosted by ACSM
Policy Corner: Sequestration, Budget Cuts Impair Research
Early Bird Registration Discount for ACSM Annual Meeting Ends Tomorrow
Gatorade Sport Science Institute Accepting Applications for Interns
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Strength Training Lowers Risk of Impaired Glucose Metabolism at the Population Level
By Karl Minges, M.P.H., and David Dunstan, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Karl Minges is a doctoral student at Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. His research interests broadly relate to diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the role of health behaviors in preventing overweight/obesity. Mr. Minges completed the present work with the support of a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship administered by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

Professor Dunstan is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and heads the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is an ACSM member whose research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behavior in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

This commentary presents perspectives from Mr. Minges and Dr. Dunstan’s relative to issues central to their cross-sectional study that appears in the February 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

Increasing rates of type 2 diabetes (T2D) have global public health implications; furthermore, about 1 in 3 adults are afflicted with the precursor to T2D – impaired glucose metabolism (IGM). Thus, they are at risk of developing T2D and associated cardiovascular complications.

Participation in regular physical activity has a key role in managing insulin resistance in those who have T2D and in preventing the development of T2D in those with IGM. Traditionally, engagement in aerobic activity has been the exercise modality championed for the prevention and management of T2D. However, there is a plethora of studies to show that strength training (ST) – resistance exercise – not only leads to improved glycemic control, but also provides a means to maintain functional capacity and prevent and manage other health impairments. Indeed, several leading organizations, including ACSM, endorse ST exercise as an integral component of adults' daily physical activity – recommending a frequency of ST of at least twice per week for those with and without T2D. Further, Braith and Stewart, in their 2006 research review, have suggested that training objectives may be accomplished in about 40 minutes of ST per week.

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Register by April 12 for the 2013 World Heart Games, hosted by ACSM

The American College of Sports Medicine is hosting the 2013 World Heart Games in Decatur, GA on the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College on May 17-18, 2013.

This Olympic-style and safe competition is open for those of all ages with cardiovascular disease or with risk factors. Athletes get a wide variety of challenging but safe activities to compete in for 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 medical and emergency personnel will be on-site in case of an emergency.

Register by April 12 to avoid an additional $20 fee

Clinicians: Tell your patients! For more information on this event or to have an ACSM member contact you, please contact Todd Oliver at the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Policy Corner: Sequestration, Budget Cuts Impair Research

Scientists lobbied Congress last week on behalf of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, of which ACSM is a member society. The topic at hand was the effects of budget cuts on their own research and the threat to U.S. interests represented by continued underfunding of research programs through the NIH and other agencies. Supporting the advocates’ position was a FASEB fact sheet documenting state-by-state losses due to sequestration’s effect on NIH funding.

By the slimmest of margins, Senate Democrats adopted its first budget resolution in four years on March 23 by a vote of 50-49. Senate Democrats adopted the nonbinding resolution (S Con Res 8) after disposing of 101 of 400-plus amendments that lawmakers filed to the nonbinding resolution.

According to Senate Democrats, the budget resolution would assume policies that would reduce the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years compared with the Congressional Budget Office baseline, which projects that current war and emergency spending will continue.

The blueprint would call for $975 billion in new tax revenue and $975 billion in spending cuts over 10 years, including $275 billion from health care, $240 billion from defense, $142 billion from non-defense discretionary spending and $76 billion from other mandatory programs. The plan also would claim $242 billion in savings from reduced interest payments.

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Early Bird Registration Discount for ACSM Annual Meeting Ends Tomorrow

Register today to attend ACSM’s 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. By attending, you’ll access the latest scientific and clinical research from around the world, gain continuing education, and network with experts in the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, basic/applied science, physical activity, and public health. The early bird registration discount ends March 27.

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Gatorade Sport Science Institute Accepting Applications for Interns

The Gatorade Sport Science Institute (GSSI) is accepting applications for internships until April 15 for their locations in Barrington, IL and Bradenton, FL.

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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.


Why Am I Out of Shape?
The New York Times
Because for all the talk of jogging, playing basketball on new knees and lacing up skates for late-night ice hockey games, it turns out baby boomers may be in worse shape than the generation that came before. That would be the one that, if urged by an ad to “just do it,” might have replied, “Just do what?”
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Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move
The Wall Street Journal
Working out at the gym might not be enough to stay fit if you spend much of the rest of the day sitting down. Americans are more sedentary than ever, government surveys show. That is a problem even among people who exercise regularly. An increasingly popular way people are trying to coax more exercise into their lives is by tracking their movements using a bevy of small electronic devices from companies like Fitbit Inc., Jawbone and Nike NKE +11.23% . Some devices are pedometers, tracking steps. More sophisticated gadgets, known as accelerometers, measure the rate at which a person moves and convert this into calories expended.
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