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ACSM Officer Perspectives: Highlighting the Role of the Vice President for Research, Health, & Policy
ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Kicks off Today in Atlanta
Policy Corner: Research Funding Update from FASEB
Celebrate Physical Activity this Week
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM Journals
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ACSM Officer Perspectives: Highlighting the Role of the Vice President for Research, Health, & Policy
By Carrie A. Jaworski, M.D., FAAFP, FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Carrie A. Jaworski, M.D., FAAFP, FACSM, is the Director of the Division of Primary Care Sports Medicine and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at The University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Jaworski has been active within ACSM since her fellowship training and was recently elected as the Vice President for Research, Health and Policy.

SMB periodically invites ACSM Vice Presidents (VP) and other key elected officers to share highlights of their service experiences and notable initiatives of one or more of the committees for which they have oversight responsibilities. These are described as “ACSM Officer Perspectives” and are similar in purpose to the perspectives columns authored by ACSM Presidents that appear each year in SMB.

As one of the Vice Presidents of ACSM, my responsibilities include participation on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Council, as well as oversight of numerous Committees, several Strategic Health Initiatives (SHIs) and Task Forces that cover the true breadth of the College. During each of our two-year terms, Vice Presidents also serve on the Annual Meeting's Program Committee. This is to gain a better understanding of the process so that if they become President-Elect they will be ready to lead this Committee.

Even prior to officially "taking office" after last year's Annual Meeting, I was invited to sit in on the meetings of the various Committees, SHIs and Task Forces that I would soon be assigned to oversee. At those meetings, I had the privilege of meeting many dedicated members within the College that I may not have otherwise had the chance to interact with during the meeting. Watching each group work to achieve their goals left quite an impression. I was reenergized by what I had witnessed and more committed than ever to not only helping these groups but also to convincing others to become more involved within ACSM.

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ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Kicks off Today in Atlanta

The 18th Annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition is currently underway in Atlanta. Even if you aren't attending, follow along on social media for live updates on presentations, photos, research, sessions, workshops and more. Follow American College of Sports Medicine on Facebook and @ACSMNews on Twitter. Online registration for the event is closed, but on-site registration is available. Check the April 8 issue of SMB for Summit highlights.
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Policy Corner: Research Funding Update from FASEB

Several opportunities for federal research funding, which supports the work of many ACSM members, were discussed by Congress last week. The House Appropriations Committee recently held several hearings to review the spending requests of more than a dozen departments and agencies that fund research, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

To read the full update, please click here.

If you need additional information, please don't hesitate to contact Monte Ward, ACSM Vice President of Government Relations, at

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Celebrate Physical Activity this Week

This week, help recognize two important initiatives by being physically active!

April 2: National Walking Day

National Walking Day is the American Heart Association's nationwide call-to-action for Americans to become more physically active. Take the next step towards better health and join thousands of people as they wear their sneakers to work or school on Wednesday, April 2. Learn more from the American Heart Association.

April 6: World Physical Activity Day

What are you doing to celebrate World Physical Activity Day? Next Sunday, April 6, is your opportunity to walk, bike, or run to help create a healthier life for you and the global community. This year's World Physical Activity Day carries the theme Physical Activity— A Golden Goal for Health.

Proponents of World Physical Activity Day and of initiatives such as Every Body Walk!, Designed to Move, the National Physical Activity Plan, ActivEarth and Exercise is Medicine® note that, in addition to improved individual health and quality of life, physical activity and exercise bring numerous co-benefits such as health care cost savings, reduced environmental impact and better academic achievement. U.S. federal physical activity guidelines call for 60 minutes per day, most days of the week, for children and 30 minutes daily for adults.

World Physical Activity Day began in 2002, when the World Health Organization designated promotion of physical activity as a theme for World Health Day, inspired by the Brazilian movement Agita São Paulo. Supporters are encouraged to organize local events, like walking parades and other inclusive fitness opportunities.

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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM Journals

Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports:

Check out two free featured articles from the March/April 2014 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports at The articles are available free-of-charge on the journal's website until May 12, so download your copies today. Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit.

Free Online Content from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®:

Check out the two free featured articles from the March 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. The articles are available free-of-charge on the journal's website until May 14, so download your copies today. MSSE, ACSM's flagship monthly journal, is the leading multidisciplinary original research journal for members. Each issue features original investigations, clinical studies and comprehensive reviews on current topics in sports medicine and exercise science.

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Boston Marathon Training: Expert Advice For 3 Weeks Out
The Boston Marathon is only three weeks away, and while the heavy-duty training is over, the next three weeks will continue to offer challenges. Most runners start their taper at this point. While a few easy weeks may seem like a much needed respite, some marathoners find it difficult to pull back just before the race.


Emotionally, life can get rough for a runner three weeks before the Boston Marathon. After months of hard training, cutting back can lead to self-doubt. Sometimes a marathoner gets addicted to the highs of long, hard workouts. When those efforts are scaled back, marathoners can get down, feel sluggish and even suffer phantom pains.

Don't be tempted to throw in a final 20 miler or a punishing interval session three weeks out. While these runs may alleviate some of the performance anxiety that comes during a taper, most runners will pay for it during the race. A study published by the American College of Sports Medicine shows that runners can improve their performance by as much as three percent during a good taper. That can knock five to 10 minutes off of a marathoner's finish time.

Mileage Cutting back mileage is the key to a proper taper, allowing a runner's body time to recover after months of hard training. Three weeks out, marathoners should trim their mileage by 10 to 20 percent. For example, a runner who peaks at 70 miles a week should run between 56 and 63 miles during week three. The long run should typically drop from 20-22 miles to 14-16 miles.

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Zumba Workouts Worth the Sweat
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As one of the biggest work-out trends of the 2010s, one has to question if Zumba workouts are worth the sweat. Are these dance-party workout sessions effective ways to stay fit, or just another empty health fad? A small number of studies indicate that indeed, these Zumba workouts can lead participants to break a substantial sweat.

The invention of Zumba was accidental. In the mid-90s celebrity fitness trainer Albert “Beto” Perez forgot to bring his regular workout music to the class that he was scheduled to teach that day. To save the situation, he brought in some Latin music tapes that he happened to have in his car. He subsequently taught the class Salsa, Merengue, and Rumba with the zeal of someone dancing in a club. The students loved it, and Zumba was born.

Today Zumba is practiced in over 110,000 gyms in over 125 countries. Zumba was ranked in the top ten world fitness trends of 2012, and that same year was named "Company of the Year" by

There are only a few studies that have been done on the health benefits of Zumba workouts. One such study was published in 2012 in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. A group of 19 healthy college-age female volunteers were recruited and first assessed using a treadmill test to measure their heart rates and oxygen consumption. The subjects then participated in a single Zumba session that lasted about 40 minutes. The participants wore radiotelemetric heart rate monitors. This allowed the researchers to examine the subject's heart rates during the workout and to estimate the oxygen consumption levels using a regression equation.

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