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In this issue:

Active Voice: Get Fit or Get Hit!
May is Exercise is Medicine® Month
Policy Corner: AHRQ Seeks Nomination by May 15 of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Taking on the Weight of the Nation: May 1 Web Forum
Unique CME Opportunity at Annual Meeting: Ringside Physicians
ACSM and ASU Stage National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Get Fit or Get Hit!
By Laura Chaddock    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Laura Chaddock is a research scientist and Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She uses structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study the role of aerobic fitness and physical activity in cognitive and brain health across the lifespan. As a fitness enthusiast, she lives what she studies. This commentary presents Ms. Chaddock’s views associated with a research article related to this commentary topic, which she and her colleagues published in the April 2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

We live in a fast-paced, multitasking world where daily situations require efficient processing of environmental stimuli and attention to concurrent tasks. Street crossing is a multitask challenge. To successfully cross a street, pedestrians need to simultaneously attend to the flow of traffic, monitor and remember vehicle distances and speeds, and execute a crossing.

Street crossing is especially dangerous for children. Pedestrian accidents are the second leading cause of injury and mortality in children between the ages of five and 14. Thus, there is a growing initiative to find strategies that improve child pedestrian safety.

May is Exercise is Medicine® Month
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Tuesday, May 1, kicks off Exercise is Medicine Month, reflecting and extending the impact of what is now a global movement. With alarming increases in chronic diseases and consternation over health care costs, many see the Exercise is Medicine® initiative as part of the solution. That philosophy is the seed for Exercise is Medicine Month, observed during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During May, communities throughout the U.S. will hold activities that recognize that physical activity and exercise – shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases – should be part of everyone’s health care plan. Since 2010, Exercise is Medicine Month has been proclaimed by mayors, governors, Congress and the President. Individuals and organizations of all kinds, from youth groups to universities, churches, fitness centers, corporations and hospitals, hold events aimed at keeping people active and healthy.

Can you help spread the word about Exercise is Medicine Month? The online EIM Month toolkit provides resources for those who want to promote healthy lifestyles in their communities or organizations, including:
  • Sample language for proclamations by mayors, governors or other officials
  • Letter to the Editor to be sent to local newspapers
  • Exercise is Medicine Month fact sheet and background material
  • Social media messages to be shared through Facebook and Twitter
Vote to Support Innovation in Exercise for the Underserved
In the spirit of Exercise is Medicine, EIM on Campus and the National Physical Activity Plan, ACSM members have an opportunity to help a standout program achieve recognition from the Let’s Move! program championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Kinesiology students of Steven Loy, Ph.D., FACSM, at California State University, Northridge have developed a program to help increase physical activity in underserved communities. The program, “100 Citizens,” is a top contender in the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move Video Challenge. Your vote for the “100 Citizens” video (once a day through May 11) can help the program earn recognition and a spot in an upcoming Let’s Move! event.

For more information, click the play button on the video image and see the news story in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines.

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Policy Corner: AHRQ Seeks Nomination by May 15 of New Members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Each year, AHRQ selects new members to replace those members who are completing their appointments. Qualified individuals may self-nominate or receive a nomination from others by visiting www.ahrq.gov/clinic/tfnominfo.htm.

Task Force members volunteer their time and are appointed by the Director of AHRQ to serve four-year terms. The appointment process is one way that AHRQ fulfills its congressionally mandated role to support the Task Force. Candidates for the Task Force are experts in the critical evaluation of research and in the methods of evidence and national leaders in the fields of clinical prevention, health promotion, and primary health care. They are also experts in the implementation of evidence-based recommendations. Many members have clinical experience in primary health care, while others provide expertise in methodology. AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities.

The USPSTF is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, or preventive medications. More information is available on the Task Force website.

AHRQ’s Prevention and Care Management Portfolio provides ongoing administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF. More information is available at www.ahrq.gov/clinic/prevenix.htm.

Taking on the Weight of the Nation: May 1 Web Forum
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Tuesday, May 1
10:00-11:30 a.m. PDT
1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

SMB readers are invited to attend a special Dialogue4Health Web Forum on May 1, Weight of the Nation Day, in advance of the May 14-15 nationwide release of HBO's The Weight of the Nation film series and corresponding public health campaign.

Confirmed presenters are:
  • William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Director of The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maya M. Rockeymoore, PhD, Director of Leadership for Healthy Communities and President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions
  • Loel S. Solomon, PhD, Vice President of Community Health at Kaiser Permanente
  • Naz Habtezghi of HBO will present an 11 minute preview of the Weight of the Nation documentary film
  • Tyler Norris, MDiv, Convener of Advancing the Movement, Community Commons and Senior Advisor for Total Health at Kaiser Permanente, will serve as session moderator.
Join civic leaders from across the nation to learn about the compelling The Weight of the Nation films and campaign assets, and how these can be employed by you, your organization and affiliations, and community partnerships to create healthier built, food, beverage, social and community environments.

The Web Forum will address the key themes of The Weight of the Nation, and how you can grow the distributed movement for a healthier nation by mobilizing individuals, organizations, and place-based partnerships - everywhere - to host screenings events and actions that can:
  • Start new conversations in homes, neighborhoods, worksites, clinical settings, faith settings, and schools.
  • Deepen existing conversations and actions - especially within the existing movement of place-based partnerships and collaboratives.
  • Build widespread constituency for targeted actions and environmental changes that support healthy living where we live, learn, work, play, worship, and vote.

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Unique CME Opportunity at Annual Meeting: Ringside Physicians
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The Association of Ringside Physicians will host the 2012 Combat Arts Medical Update in conjunction with the ACSM Annual Meeting on June 2 in San Francisco. The Update will provide the essentials and latest advances in clinical sports medicine applied to the combat sports, including boxing, martial arts, and mixed martial arts. This course is an opportunity for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits through Wake Forest School of Medicine. For more information or to register, please visit www.acsm.org. The Association of Ringside Physicians, an ACSM partner society, was established in 1997 to develop medical protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety and protection of all those in combat sports. Ringside physicians play a key role in the health and safety of the millions of athletes who participate in these sports around the world. An ACSM certificate in Ringside Medicine is currently in development in partnership with the Association of Ringside Physicians. Learn more at the Association of Ringside Physicians website.

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ACSM and ASU Stage National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
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Mark your calendar! ACSM and Arizona State University will stage on the ASU campus in Phoenix a truly breakthrough conference in November: The National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness, occurring on Saturday, November 17, 2012. This highly focused one-day, leading-edge conference will address the urgency for and profound progress that can be made in prevention and healthcare by including physical activity and other lifestyle and health behavior aspects within Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), in complement to or replacement if pharmaceutical and other interventions. A national roadmap for CER for physical activity and healthy lifestyle approaches in health outcome research will be presented. In addition to specialists in comparative effectiveness, speakers will include Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, Patrick McBride, M.D., Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM, Abby King, Ph.D., FACSM, and James Levine, Ph. D.

Please check upcoming editions of Sports Medicine Bulletin for more information, including call for abstracts and registration information. For more information, please visit www.acsm.org/cer.
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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.

"100 Citizens" Exercise Right to Better Life
San Fernando Valley Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From early in the morning, to sometimes late at night, San Fernando's Recreation Park can be a busy place.

It is where adults, primarily parents, have been gathering the past year to learn about nutrition and exercise, and taking that information back to their families as a way to improve general health and wellness.

The programs, under the umbrella name of "100 Citizens," were developed by Prof. Steven Loy, Ph.D., of the Kinesiology Department at Cal State University, Northridge, as a method to start encouraging San Fernando residents to improve their quality of life.

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For an Exercise Afterburn, Intensity May Be the Key
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Depending on whom you ask, the answer to this question is either one of the great myths of exercise or one of the great unappreciated truths: Is there an afterburn effect from a workout?

Whether the metabolism speeds up for hours after exercise is an old question, first studied a century ago, and over the years, study after study has been carried out, with decidedly mixed results. Some investigators found no post-exercise effect. Others reported effects so small they were almost unnoticeable — one found male triathletes burned just 12 to 30 extra calories after a workout. Others found as many as 700 additional calories were burned after a long and exhausting exercise session.

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Programs That Make Exercise a Form of Medical Therapy for Large Segments of the Population
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A large body of scientific evidence shows that exercise is an effective medical therapy to prevent or manage dozens of medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently began a partnership to promote this message through ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® initiative. The goal of this initiative is to promote the health benefits of regular exercise participation in a variety of medical settings.

The growing epidemic obesity has drawn attention to the benefits of an active lifestyle yet many people struggle to become more physically active. “I have asked my patients to consider healthy eating and physical activity for many years,” observed physician Michael Goldstein, “but only recently have health care-based programs and resources been available to help them to successfully follow through with these recommendations after their appointments.” As Americans have become increasingly sedentary and unfit, exercise has mostly been used as a rehabilitation strategy in medical settings.

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