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Active Voice: Better with a Buddy – How Best Friends Could Be Important for Children’s Physical Activity
May is Exercise is Medicine Month: Involve Your Patients and Clients
Miss the Summit? Catch Up on News, Photos from the Conference
Policy Corner: EIM Officials to Emphasize PA in Electronic Health Records
New ACSM Fit Society® Page Discusses Nutrition
ACSM Members – Apply by May 20 for New Health Promotion Award
"Undercover Boss" Finale Features ACSM Past-President
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Better with a Buddy — How Best Friends Could Be Important for Children's Physical Activity
By Russell Jago, Ph.D.    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.

Russell Jago, Ph.D., is Reader in Exercise, Nutrition & Health in the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Bristol in the U.K. His research focuses on children’s physical activity and behavioral interventions to increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. In the Feb. 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), Jago coauthored related research entitled, “Better with a Buddy: Influence of Best Friends on Children's Physical Activity”.

A large proportion of young people do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity. Different investigational approaches have been employed to increase youth physical activity. The vast majority of these, including studies that I have been involved with, have either yielded no significant increase in physical activity or only a small increase in a particular subgroup. While these findings are always personally discouraging, the bigger issue is that we must find new ways to help children and adolescents increase physical activity. Thus, our challenge is to identify new approaches, or variations on old approaches, that just might work.

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May is Exercise is Medicine Month: Involve Your Patients and Clients
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For the fourth consecutive year, May is Exercise is Medicine® Month! Whether you are a clinician or a health-and-fitness professional, EIM provides a model to help you improve the health of your patients or clients. Getting involved is easy:
  • Physicians – If you do just one thing during EIM Month, underscore the importance of physical activity to every patient at every visit. You can also write an exercise prescription for your patients.
  • Health-and-fitness professionals – Connect with health care providers in your area to complete the paradigm. Get started by using this toolkit, which includes a comprehensive plan on how to work with health care providers.
  • EveryoneTell us how exercise has changed your practice or profession. We might feature your inspirational story on the EIM website and social media sites.
Please check back throughout the month for special content relating to EIM Month. Questions? Email eim@acsm.org.

Miss the Summit? Catch Up on News, Photos from the Conference
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The 2011 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition was held April 13-16 in Anaheim, California and featured nine educational tracks covering everything from the fads and facts of nutrition to exercise programming for peak performance.

If you missed this tremendously successful conference, you can catch up on several sessions by reading summaries online. You can also view photos from the conference on the American College of Sports Medicine fan page on Facebook.

Save the date for the 2012 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit to be held March 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Policy Corner: EIM Officials to Emphasize PA in Electronic Health Records
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Representatives of ACSM and Exercise is Medicine® participated in a workshop yesterday on designing electronic health records (EHRs) that include fields for health behaviors such as physical activity. This has the potential to embody the very essence of EIM, which calls for physical activity and exercise to be part of every patient’s health plan.

The workshop took place on the Bethesda, MD campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and offered the following background:

The HITECH Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act place new emphasis on the widespread and meaningful use of EHRs. This is an important advance, with one significant exception: Currently EHRs fail to capture data reflecting crucial health behaviors and psychosocial issues. Such patient-reported variables are both health outcomes themselves and also major determinants of other health outcomes. Capturing a core set of standard patient-reported variables in the EHR would lead to unprecedented data harmonization and opportunities for improving patient care and health research.

Several institutes and offices from the NIH in collaboration with the Society for Behavioral Medicine are coordinating an effort to evaluate and recommend patient-reported measures of health behaviors and psychosocial factors for use in adult primary care and public health EHRs In order to facilitate broad participation in the development of standard measures, the initiative is using a three-phase process of consensus building.

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New ACSM Fit Society® Page Discusses Nutrition
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Check out the spring issue of the ACSM Fit Society® Page supported by Liberty Mutual – and share the publication with your patients, clients, colleagues, family and friends.

The spring issue discusses the many aspects of nutrition and includes the following stories:
  • Clearing Up Common Nutrition Myths
  • Top 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
  • Deriving Essential Nutrients from Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
  • Preventing the “Low-Fuel Light” in Endurance Exercise
  • Dietary Supplements for Aging: A Fountain of Youth or Deluge of Dollars?
  • Athlete’s Kitchen: Sports Nutrition Guidelines
  • Q&A
ACSM also offers a customizable version of this e-newsletter for colleges and other organizations interested in distributing it to their respective communities. If your organization would like to receive customizable versions of this e-newsletter, please contact Ashley Crockett-Lohr, communications and public information manager, at alohr@acsm.org.

Current and past issues of ACSM Fit Society® Page are available online.

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ACSM Members — Apply by May 20 for New Health Promotion Award
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McGill University has recently announced the creation of a prestigious new award – the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. This award will recognize an individual who holds an academic or clinical-academic appointment and is conducting research at a North American university.

The recipient of the prize will receive funding as a research stipend to further enhance his or her work and will be invited to deliver an address at The Bloomberg-Manulife Lecture and Roundtable at McGill University. Learn more about the award.

To apply, please submit a complete application package – including curriculum vitae as well as detailed statement of how your research has enhanced personal health and well-bring and the positive impact it has or could have on behavioral change – via email to bloomberg-manulife@mcgill.ca by Friday, May 20, 2011.

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"Undercover Boss" Finale Features ACSM Past-President
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ACSM Past-President and current Fellow Tim White was featured on Sunday night’s season finale of the CBS program “Undercover Boss.” White is the Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Watch the full episode online.

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.

Sitting All Day: Worse for You Than You Might Think
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Yes, exercise is good for you. This we know. Heaps of evidence point to the countless benefits of regular physical activity. Federal health officials recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, every day.

Studies show that when you adhere to an exercise regimen, you can improve your cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and improve metabolism and levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. You can reduce diabetes risk and the risk of certain cancers. And, finally, exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, which can boost all of these benefits even more.

Report: Gardening Can Burn Serious Calories with Squatting, Watering, Planting, Weeding
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You don't need to flex all your muscles to lose weight - just exercising your green thumb can whittle your waist.

The standing, stooping, kneeling, watering and weeding involved in gardening can burn more than 300 calories an hour, the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal reports.

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