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In this issue:

Q&A: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report - Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
Dr. Benjamin to Step Down as U.S. Surgeon General, Continue as PA Advocate
2014 Annual Meeting/ EIM World Congress Proposals Due June 20
Policy Corner: NIH Fact Sheet on Sequestration
Register Now for 2013 Every Body Walk! Walking Summit, October 1-3
NASA and NSBRI Present: The Impact of Sex & Gender on Adaptation to Space (Virtual Workshop)
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Q&A: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report - Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
By Katrina Butner, Ph.D., R.D., ACSM-CES and Joan Dorn, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Katrina L. Butner, Ph.D., R.D., ACSM-CES, is a physical activity and nutrition advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She managed and coordinated the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. She is an ACSM member and has served on the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) board for the past four years.

Joan. M. Dorn, Ph.D., is the Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She served as a member of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report Subcommittee and the HHS Federal Steering Committee for the Report. She is a long-time member of ACSM.

ACSM has been a strong proponent of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which were first released in 2008. A number of ACSM expert members provided formative recommendations on scientific issues that were fundamental to the development and substance of the Guidelines. Recently, HHS conducted a midcourse report to supplement the 2008 Guidelines and ACSM members again were centrally involved in the process. SMB was pleased for the opportunity to do a Q&A interview with two members who served on the federal steering committee.


SMB: The first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) were released in 2008. Why did HHS decide to do the PAG Midcourse Report in 2013, rather than release a new edition of the Guidelines?

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  • Dr. Benjamin to Step Down as U.S. Surgeon General, Continue as PA Advocate

    In announcing last week she would step down as Surgeon General of the U.S., Dr. Regina Benjamin pledged to keep promoting healthy lifestyles. As honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine®, she has been an outspoken proponent of physical activity for health, exemplified by the community walks she led beginning with the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore. In December 2012, Dr. Benjamin announced development of a Call to Action on Walking as a Way for Americans to Get the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity for Health. ACSM and other organizations are helping with the call to action through the burgeoning Every Body Walk! collaborative.

    ACSM Immediate Past President Janet Walberg Rankin, PhD, FACSM, said, "As Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin has worked tirelessly to improve the health of the American people, emphasizing healthy lifestyles and addressing disparities among underserved populations. That work continues to bear fruit as measured by improved public health."

    Regina Benjamin, MD, MPH, was confirmed by the Senate Oct. 29, 2009 as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. An Alabama native, she was the first black woman to head a state medical society, received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and has been honored with a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

    William Dexter, MD, FACSM, 2013-2014 president of ACSM, said, "The American College of Sports Medicine has enjoyed a close, fruitful collaboration with Dr. Benjamin and looks forward to continuing to work on our shared priorities. As she prepares to step down from her role as Surgeon General, we look forward to continuing to collaborate with her on behalf of a healthier America."

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    2014 Annual Meeting/EIM World Congress Proposals Due June 20

    The ACSM Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine scheduled for May 27-31 in Orlando, FL. The Program Committee cannot emphasize enough the importance of being an active participant in creating the scientific, clinical and educational program.

    For details and the submission site click here: http://acsmannualmeeting.org/educational-highlights/2014-session-submission/.

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    Policy Corner: NIH Fact Sheet on Sequestration

    Last week the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new factsheet (need link) summarizing the impact of the sequestration cuts on the agency. The factsheet notes that sequestration requires NIH to cut five percent ($1.55 billion) from its fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget and that every area of medical research will be affected.

    It also discusses the effect of the cuts on the scientific workforce and mentions delays in medical progress. While the data regarding the impact on grants is not new (ACSM has written about the effects of sequestration in previous Policy Corner articles), the factsheet does bring up some new information that approximately 750 fewer new patients will be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center and that there will be no increase in National Research Service Awards stipends in FY 2013.

    As more than 80% of the NIH's budget goes to over 300,000 research personnel at more than 2,500 universities and research facilities throughout the United States, ACSM is working diligently to limit the damaging effects of sequestration and is pushing for increased funding in the current budget cycle.

    The NIH factsheet is available here. There are additional links within the factsheet to:
    • The NIH FY 2013 Operating Plan
    • The FY 2013 Operating Plan Mechanism Table
    • The NIH Policy for FY 2013 Grant Awards
    • The individual Institute/Center FY 2013 Funding Strategies

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    Register Now for 2013 Every Body Walk! Walking Summit, October 1-3

    Be inspired by the top minds in walking, urban planning and design, real estate, and public health at the Every Body Walk! Walking Summit this October. Join us to get dozens of ideas that will power up your efforts to promote walking and create walkable communities.

    The speaking lineup to date includes:
    • Kaiser Permanente Chairman George Halvorson
    • New York Times Bestselling Author of Contagious, Jonah Berger
    • Exercise is Medicine Chairman Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM
    • Safe Routes to School National Partnership Founding Director Deb Hubsmith
    Register today and take advantage of the early bird discount of $150. Also, the first 250 registrants will be guests at an invitation-only special opening-night reception.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Walking Summit, October 1 to 3 in Washington, D.C.

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    NASA and NSBRI Present: The Impact of Sex & Gender on Adaptation to Space (Virtual Workshop)

    Please join NASA and NSBRI on this journey to explore the impact of sex and gender on adaptation to space. A number of ACSM members, including Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Deb Bemben and Sue Bloomfield, are presenting as panel members on the various teams examining multiple physiological systems for sex differences. The virtual workshop will provide findings and recommendations for research priorities which are critical for the success of present and future space missions.

    Data from space and ground-based studies and observations on the impact of sex and gender-based health during spaceflight and terrestrial environments were analyzed by six work groups in the following areas: cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuro-vestibular, reproductive, immunological and behavioral. Following brief presentations highlighting key findings by the co-chairs from these work groups, audience participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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    SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


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    Doctors: Exercise Caution When Introducing CrossFit
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    Despite CrossFit's growing popularity among military fitness facilities – a topic that we covered in a previous article – it has its fair share of opponents.

    Before launching your CrossFit program, consider both sides of the debate. For many facility operators, it's a matter of gauging injury frequency (which many say is elevated with CrossFit), against its physical fitness benefits.

    Regardless of what side of the argument you fall, this much is certain: More data is needed.

    In 2011, the Consortium for Health and Military Performance and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released the "Consensus Paper on Extreme Conditioning Programs in Military Personnel." The paper looked at extreme conditioning programs, including CrossFit and Insanity, and revealed that “physicians and other primary care and rehabilitation providers have identified a potential emerging problem of disproportionate musculoskeletal injury risk, particularly for novice participants.”

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    The Fittest City in America is...?
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    A city known for a love of hiking, biking and other outdoor activities – even when severe winter weather threatens – is the fittest city in the United States, according to a new ranking from the American College of Sports Medicine.

    On the other end of the scale is a state also notorious for extreme weather events – though it's tornadoes instead of blizzards. Want to know where your city ranks? Click the slideshow above to find out.

    To compile the rankings, the ACSM rates U.S. cities for measures of health and health potential, grouping items into two categories: personal health indicators and community and environmental health indicators.

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