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In this issue:

Active Voice: Daily Step Count Targets for the Early Years
Celebrate Annual World Day for Physical Activity April 6; National Public Health Week April 1-7
Policy Corner: Comment Period on Surgeon General's Proposed Call to Action on Walking
Regional Chapter News: MWACSM Sporting Goods Drive
ESSR April Issue Now Available Online
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Active Voice: Daily Step Count Targets for the Early Years
By Brian W. Timmons, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Brian Timmons is research director of the Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University and associate professor in the Department of Paediatrics. Brian is an ACSM member and his research involves the health effects of physical activity during growth, with a major emphasis on the role of physical activity during the early years.

This commentary presents Dr. Timmons' views associated with a related research report that he and his colleagues presented in the February 2013 issue of ACSM's
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Early childhood is a critical time for the development of active living. Our society has assumed that preschoolers are "active enough," but some research suggests this may not be the case. One of the limitations to our understanding of preschooler physical activity has been an incomplete understanding of "how much is enough." New Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend that children aged three to four years should accumulate at least 180 min. of physical activity, at any intensity, spread throughout the day, including progression toward at least 60 min. of energetic play by five years of age.

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Celebrate Annual World Day for Physical Activity April 6; National Public Health Week April 1-7

Annual World Day for Physical Activity
As people around the globe hit streets, trails and gyms to celebrate World Physical Activity Day, advocates note that the built environment plays a big part in encouraging or inhibiting opportunities for healthy physical activity.

"This year's World Physical Activity Day – Saturday, April 6 – carries the theme 'No Barriers to Physical Activity,'" said ACSM President Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D.,FACSM. “We take that seriously, given that research strongly links physical activity to health. Everyone should be appropriately active, and people with disabilities face additional barriers that we must address.”

For some, barriers to a physically active lifestyle include a lack of nearby parks or sidewalks, walking trails, or safe neighborhoods in which to play and walk. Good planning can ensure that facilities meet the needs of people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Organizations such as the Inclusive Fitness Coalition advocate for changes to the built environment that will allow physical activity for all, throughout the lifespan.

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 sixty minutes per day, most days of the week, for children and thirty 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. Proponents are encouraged to download a World Physical Activity Day poster and to organize local events encouraging inclusive opportunities for physical fitness.

National Public Health Week
This week is National Public Health Week! This year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Saves Lives, Saves Money." Help the American Public Health Association raise awareness for different themes in public health this week each day:
  • Monday, April 1: Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family: Health and safety begin at home. Make prevention a fun family tradition.
  • Tuesday, April 2: Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School: Schools are the perfect setting for improving child health. Plus, children's health is a rallying point few can ignore.
  • Wednesday, April 3: Creating a Healthy Workplace: Wellness and safety in the workplace are good for health and for business. Let's make prevention work for us.
  • Thursday, April 4: Protecting You While You're on the Move: Safety on the go is often in our own hands, but it's also tied to community design. Together, we can turn our streets into roads to better health.
  • Friday, April 5: Empowering a Healthy Community: Support public health efforts that create healthy opportunities for all. Good health is a community affair.
You can learn more about National Public Health Week at

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Policy Corner: Comment Period on Surgeon General's Proposed Call to Action on Walking

Those who were in Baltimore for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting and the first World Congress on Exercise is Medicine remember how the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, galvanized a packed hall with her remarks and then led attendees and community members on the first of her many community walks for health.

The walking movement has continued to gain momentum, as reflected in initiatives such as the Every Body Walk! collaborative, in which ACSM is a founding partner. At a seminal conference last December, Dr. Benjamin announced her intent to develop a Surgeon General’s Call to Action to promote walking as a national health priority. An important part of that process – which takes about 18 months in all – is collecting comments from stakeholders and the general public.

Joan Dorn, Ph.D., an ACSM member with a central role in developing the call to action, provides the following announcement of the comment period:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the opening of a docket to obtain information from the public on walking as an effective way to be sufficiently active for health. The information obtained will be used to frame an anticipated Surgeon General’s call to action on this issue.

The notice can be found at The 30-day public comment period began April 1 and ends Tuesday, April 30th. The notice requests information on ways to increase walking and community walkability on the following topics:

(1) Barriers to walking for youth; adults; seniors; persons with developmental, injury, and chronic disease-related disabilities; racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income individuals.
(2) Evidence-based strategies for overcoming those barriers and their reach and impact to increase physical activity at the population level and among the above mentioned subpopulations.

Please consider providing input to the docket and sharing this announcement with stakeholders who may also be interested.

To provide input go to
In the search box type the Docket No. CDC-2013-0003

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Regional Chapter News: MWACSM Sporting Goods Drive

Help Make Sports More Accessible to Indianapolis Youth. The Midwest ACSM Regional Chapter invites all ACSM Annual Meeting attendees to join them in collecting sporting equipment to be donated to a local Indianapolis organization for underserved youth. The organization has great need for the following to keep kids active an engaged:

- Basketballs
- Footballs
- Kickballs
- Soccer balls
- Volleyballs
- Jump ropes

There are three easy ways to donate:

1) Bring the item with you to the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. A collection bin will be available during the meeting.

2) Make a monetary donation at the registration desk during the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting. All monetary donations will be used to purchase items listed above. Items purchased with monetary donations will be added to the equipment donated during the meeting.

3) Send a monetary donation or sporting good donation in advance of the meeting to: MWACSM Sporting Good Drive, c/o ACSM, 401 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. All donations received in advance will be added to the onsite donations.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to also take this great opportunity to impact the health and wellness of deserving youth in Indianapolis.

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ESSR April Issue Now Available Online

The April 2013 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is available online now. Go to the ESSR website to view the articles*, which cover a variety of topics, and to view the online-only content. The Journal Club questions are posted so make sure to download and review them with the covered article, "Myofilament Protein Alterations Promote Physical Disability in Aging and Disease" by Mark S. Miller and Michael J. Toth. The article is available for download FREE for only a limited time.

*ACSM professional members must first log in at the ACSM website. Then click on "Access My Journals."

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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.

Tabura: A Dance Workout With An Ethnic Twist And Martial Arts Kick
Huffington Post
Group fitness classes are taking an ethnic turn, experts say, celebrating diversity by reaching across cultures for inspiration and combining diverse disciplines to keep workouts fresh and exercisers inspired.

First there was Zumba, the Latin-based dance craze, then Capoeira, a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance said to have originated with 16th century slaves.

Tabura, a high-energy class that pairs West African dance moves with military-style punching, jabbing and kickboxing drills, is one of the newer hybrids.

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See Exercise as Good Medicine
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The world of health and fitness is continually changing and evolving. I have just returned from speaking at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference in Las Vegas where the most current research, trends and programs in the health and fitness industry are shared annually. The college is recognized as one of the global leaders in exercise science, health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle education.

Here is what they have to say about the future of health and fitness.

In his keynote address, Dr. James Rippe presented the new direction of ACSM as Fitness is Medicine. This program has been active around the globe to change the way we approach health. With so much research supporting fitness and nutrition as key factors in health, this vision takes a new approach to health care in changing the way fitness and nutrition is prescribed. Moving forward ACSM encourages physicians to write a prescription for a regular dose of exercise and dietary recommendation prior to pharmaceutical.

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