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ACSM President-Elect’s Message: Annual Meeting Innovations, Strategic Planning & Member Engagement
Don't-Miss Events at Annual Meeting
Policy Corner: Walking Proposal Draws Record Response
Download Toolkit: May is Exercise is Medicine Month
Preview of Annual Meeting Pre-Conferences
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

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ACSM President-Elect's Message: Annual Meeting Innovations, Strategic Planning & Member Engagement
A talk with ACSM President-Elect William W. Dexter, M.D., FACSM
Dr. Dexter is director of sports medicine at Maine Medical Center and professor of family medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and also at the University of Southern Maine, where he serves as head team physician. As ACSM President-elect, Dr. Dexter chairs the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee (PC). With his leadership and the diligent support of the PC, he has developed an exciting and comprehensive agenda for our 2013 Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, which will be held in Indianapolis from May 28 – June 1. Each President-Elect creates a unique focus for the Annual Meeting program and also begins developing plans for leadership initiatives that will define their priorities for their year ahead in the role of ACSM President.
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  • Don't-Miss Events at Annual Meeting

    If you're attending Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, here is a preview of some great events to catch when you’re not attending educational sessions:

    Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will speak at 11:45 AM on Friday, May 31.

    Enjoy a guided tour on foot or bike (bring your own, or 50 free rentals provided) of Indianapolis's world-class urban bike and pedestrian path on Wednesday, May 28 at 5:15 PM. Register here.

    ACSM and Nike will host a discussion on Thursday, May 30 about Designed to Move - a global call-to-action aimed at ending the physical inactivity epidemic that exists in the world today. Look for more information about Designed to Move in upcoming issues of SMB.

    The United States Medical Soccer Team (USMST) will be practicing at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium on Friday, May 31st from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. This will be their third practice session as they prepare for the World Medical Championship in Budapest, Hungary, in late June, so come out and watch the USMST in action!

    The 13th Annual Gisolfi Fun Run/Walk will be held on Friday, May 31st at 6:00 am. For more information or to register, visit the registration area on-site.

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    Policy Corner: Walking Proposal Draws Record Response

    ACSM played a leadership role at a seminal gathering of advocates last December, where U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., MPH, announced her proposed call to action on walking (and rolling) as a way for Americans to get the recommended amount of physical activity for health. That intention is now a full-blown, national collaborative known as Every Body Walk! ACSM coordinated the submission of comments during the public comment period which closed last week.

    Dr. Benjamin's request drew more than 760 responses in all, which is said to be a record for any such public comment opportunity.

    Through the Every Body Walk! campaign, Dr. Benjamin hopes to encourage Americans to add walking to their daily routine to help reach the physical activity goals summarized in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. It’s been noted in recent studies that walking is the most commonly reported form of physical activity among U.S. adults. Walking is a simple form of exercise that will help move us to a healthier and fit nation.

    For questions or comments please contact Monte Ward, VP of Government Relations, at

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    Download Toolkit: May is Exercise is Medicine Month

    The EIM Month toolkit provides resources for those who want to promote healthy lifestyles in their communities or organizations, including:
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    • Letter to the Editor to be sent to local newspapers
    • Exercise is Medicine Month fact sheet and background material
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    Observe Exercise is Medicine Month by taking these important steps:

    Physicians: Talk with every patient about exercise and, as appropriate, refer them to a health fitness professional. Counseling them on the benefits of physical activity and what it can do for their long-term health and well-being is critical and should be a standard part of your practice.

    Patients: Ask a few questions about your health status the next time you visit your doctor. Are you at a healthy weight? Taking your current health status into consideration, what types of exercise are best and safest for you? Is there a certified trainer or registered dietician you should visit to improve your health?

    Parents: Give your children the gift of lifelong wellness by being a role model and supporting them in establishing a habit of lifelong physical activity. Have fun being active as a family.

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    Preview of Annual Meeting Pre-Conferences

    Three pre-conference events will take place on Tuesday, May 28 in conjunction with Annual Meeting. Registration for these events is included with a full meeting registration. Learn more at
    • 1:00PM-4:30 PM: Sports Nutrition: All About Performance
      Experts will discuss various topics relating to nutrition for sports performance. Learn more here.

    • 3:00PM-6:00PM: Graduate and Early Career Day
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    • 4:00PM-6:00PM: PINES 10 Questions 10 Experts: Training and Nutrient Interactions
      This session will address nutrient manipulations which, when undertaken in a periodised manner, will allow a combination of training harder and training smarter to lead to optimal performance.

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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.

    Family Halves Food Budget, Earns Big Health Profits
    USA Today
    The Reeses make meals at home and put the saved money toward a gym membership. The result: a combined loss of 103 pounds. Kenny Reese, 48, Landon Reese, 10, and Jackie Reese, 41, go for an evening walk in their Windsor, Calif., neighborhood.

    They used to spend about $500 a week on food, including groceries, dining out and takeout. Now they're spending less than $200 a week, mainly because they're cooking most of their meals at home. They have decided to use the money they saved to join a family-oriented gym.

    "Over the last three months, we have pulled together as a family and have simply cut out all of our bad habits, for the most part," says Jackie, 41. "Our eating has changed, and our activity has changed."

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    For Healthier Flying, Pack a Pair of Walking Shoes
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    Christopher Berger, 42, an exercise physiologist and professor at the University of Indianapolis, has an uncommon view of airports and business travel.

    Where some see frustration, anxiety and long lines, Dr. Berger sees opportunities to move and relieve stress. Where some see an interminable wait, he sees an invigorating walk.

    "What I try to promote with my interest in air travel is the simple fact that flying can be healthy," Dr. Berger said. "Travel does not mean deconditioning. You're stuck in a terminal for three hours, boo hoo, but you have a climate-controlled place where you can walk literally for miles at some airports if you want."

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