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Active Voice: How I Incorporate Exercise and Referrals into My Practice
Get involved: National Physical Activity Plan to launch May 3
EIM continues globalization with outreach in Colombia, Mexico, Latin America
FASEB provides travel awards to ACSM minority members
Policy Corner: Sharpen advocacy skills while in Baltimore
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Active Voice: How I Incorporate Exercise and Referrals into My Practice
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Active Voice is an occasional column by ACSM experts. These comments do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Elizabeth Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is a family medicine physician and sports medicine physician at the University of Utah, where she serves as one of the team physicians. She also directs the primary care sports medicine fellowship program and the Utah Sports Research Network. Dr. Joy has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees. In addition, she serves on the Exercise is Medicine task force, the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Committee, and the health care working group for the National Physical Activity Plan.

When finishing my sports medicine fellowship, I was eager to care for athletes and active people in my clinical practice. However, what I found was that the majority of people I cared for were underactive and overweight. I also realized that my training left me ill-equipped to successfully counsel patients on weight loss and physical activity promotion. In Utah (where I practice at the University of Utah), 68 percent of adults are overweight or obese, and about half do not meet recommended physical activity levels. Given the severity of our nation’s obesity epidemic, and its impact on morbidity, and mortality rates, let alone health care costs, health care providers must take a more active role in promoting physical activity and healthy eating. This is easier said than done. A 15-20 minute office visit often has a packed agenda, leaving little time for counseling. Poor or absent reimbursement provides little incentive for clinicians to spend the necessary time with patients to effectively counsel. In addition, physicians lack both the tools and the systems to make a diagnosis of “sedentarism.” In my practice we utilize the Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) to assess physical activity in adult patients seen in the clinic.

Get involved: National Physical Activity Plan to Launch May 3
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On May 3, 2010, the National Physical Activity Plan will kick off with a signature launch event in Washington, D.C. States, cities, towns, companies, departments, schools, hospitals—organizations of all sorts—are invited to join in by letting lawmakers, the media and the public know about this important Plan. The plan was originally devised during a historic ACSM roundtable in 2006. ACSM is part of the coordinating committee for the Plan and has taken a leadership role in planning the May 3 launch. Read more to learn easy, simple ways to get involved. More

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EIM Continues Globalization with Outreach in Colombia, Mexico, Latin America
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Exercise is Medicine representatives visited Colombia and Mexico in February and March to cultivate relationships with prominent medical and health organizations. EIM participated in a reception hosted by the Carlos Slim, the world's wealthiest man, honoring CELAFISCS’ (a Brazilian institution) contribution to the promotion of physical activity in Latin America. In addition, the Physical Activity Network of the Americas – with which ACSM already has a strong partnership – is interested in heightening EIM outreach in Latin America to complement its already highly prominent Agita Mundo effort on World Day for Physical Activity (April 6, 2010).

The EIM globalization will continue with the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine (June 1-5, Baltimore), held in conjunction with the ACSM Annual Meeting. This unique international scientific forum will feature representatives from dozens of countries and hands-on workshops for participants. Are you registered?

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FASEB Provides Travel Awards to ACSM Minority Members
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Each year, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology provides travel stipends to minorities pursuing a career in basic science and research. ACSM’s partnership with FASEB gives these students an opportunity to travel to the ACSM Annual Meeting – and this year, FASEB granted 18 awards for both students and their mentors to come to Baltimore. ACSM congratulates the award recipients:
  • Ramine Alexander
  • Elgin Andrews
  • Sarah Deemer
  • Holly Emmanuel
  • Brandon Hollis
  • Ogechi Nwaokelemeh
  • Jaquay Powell
  • Martin Rosario
  • Carla Taylor
  • Raymond Blakely
  • Samuel Singleton
  • Quentin Campbell
  • George A. King
  • Angelica Lehker
  • Benjamin Ramirez
  • Chantal A. Vella
  • Karen Macias
  • Derek Acosta

Policy Corner: Sharpen advocacy skills while in Baltimore
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Annual Meeting to feature policy-related session and workshop

As a concerned citizen, a constituent and a knowledgeable professional, you can have considerable clout with public officials at all levels. ACSM has been successful in educating those with influence over laws and regulations that relate to our mission, thanks to the involvement of member/advocates who make their opinions known. The ACSM Annual Meeting will feature a comprehensive advocacy symposium to keep you informed and ready to make a difference.

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Exercise and Science 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.

Cycling Provides a Break for Some with Parkinson's
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Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands thought he had seen it all in his years of caring for patients with Parkinson's disease. But the 58-year-old man who came to see him recently was a total surprise. More

Short Bursts of Physical Activity Ease Fibromyalgia
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Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing if you are among the 10 million Americans living with the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia. Yet a new study shows that incorporating short bursts of physical activity into the day makes fibromyalgia patients feel and function better. More
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