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Active Voice: Which Motivation Works Best for Long-Term Active Living and Weight Control?
Exercise is Medicine® a Hit at NASCAR Family Walks
Don’t Miss ESSR’s Exclusive Online Content
Policy Corner: U.S. National Prevention Strategy Reflects EIM, AFI, National Plan
Session Proposals Needed for Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference
Download a Free Copy of 2011 Profiles in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Which Motivation Works Best for Long-Term Active Living and Weight Control?
By Pedro J. Teixeira, 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.

Pedro J. Teixeira, Ph.D., is Professor of Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity in the Department of Sports and Health, Faculty of Human Kinetics at the Technical University of Lisbon. His research interests include motivational and self-regulatory predictors of behavior change and how to improve physical activity and weight control interventions. In the April 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), Teixeira and co-authors published a related research paper entitled “Exercise Autonomous Motivation Predicts Three-Year Weight Loss in Women.”

About 20 years ago, Drs. Rod Dishman, James Sallis, Gaston Godin and many others were pioneering investigations in what distinguished active from sedentary people. By the mid-1990s, Dishman’s book Advances in Exercise Adherence accurately captured this landmark research. Following in their footsteps, questions such as “How should I frame my exercise prescription to target key mediators of change?” and “Which theory-based behavioral principles should I follow in my practice?” are crucial today for designing interventions that really help individuals change their behavior for good. Successful initiatives, such as Exercise is Medicine®, illustrate the timeliness of this topic. I personally feel that effectively helping more people become and remain physically active is the single greatest challenge in the field of exercise science today.

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Exercise is Medicine® a Hit at NASCAR Family Walks
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On March 27, Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) global partner Coca-Cola kicked off this season’s Coca-Cola Family Track Walks in Fontana, Calif. Many race fans got to walk the racetrack at the Auto Club Speedway and participate in active family fun before the running of the Auto Club 400. Coca-Cola Racing Family members Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and Michael Waltrip attended the event. Dr. Bob Sallis spoke on behalf of EIM and shared ways to get active and stay healthy.

EIM has since participated in several other Coca-Cola Family Track Walks. In April, Dr. Sophia Lal led walkers at the Talladega Superspeedway, underscoring the importance of exercise for healthy families. Just before the World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, Dr. Trudy Moore-Harrison joined in at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Coca-Cola Family Track Walks are a great opportunity to encourage fans to get moving, get involved and participate in our program. Look for EIM at track walks through the end of the race season.

Don't Miss ESSR's Exclusive Online Content
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Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) editor-in-chief Priscilla Clarkson, Ph.D., FACSM, has marked articles in each issue that may be of special interest to readers, and this additional coverage is available online only. The article is available for free, but only for the duration of the issue. Act now to download the latest article for free from the ESSR website.

ACSM professional members have access to all previously covered articles. Members should first log in to the ACSM website and find the link to the journal from the “My ACSM” page. Once on the journal website, go to Topical Collection and click on Journal Club.

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Policy Corner: U.S. National Prevention Strategy Reflects EIM, AFI, National Plan
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The National Prevention Strategy, released June 16 by Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and other officials, embodies a comprehensive approach to improving the health of all Americans. As called for by the Affordable Care Act, the Strategy outlines coordinated efforts by 17 federal agencies that constitute the National Prevention Council.

Those familiar with the initiatives Exercise is Medicine, the ACSM American Fitness Index and the National Physical Activity Plan will recognize that they are influencing and already putting into practice the coordinated solutions that fuel the National Prevention Strategy. If the recommendations for Active Living, in particular (pp. 38-40 of the report document), sound familiar to physical-activity advocates, that may reflect both the sound science that underlies them and the guidance provided by ACSM and individual members during development of the Strategy.

ACSM will continue to aid efforts to improve public and individual health through research, education, clinical practice and advocacy across the spectrum of programs, initiatives in which the College and its members are involved. From the globally active EIM to community efforts aligned with the National Physical Activity Plan, opportunities abound for professionals of every stripe.



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Session Proposals Needed for Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference
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ACSM members are invited to submit proposals for the 22nd Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference presented by the American Journal of Health Promotion. The conference will be held April 11-15, 2012 at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, and the theme will be “Making Healthy Choices the Easiest Choices: Increasing Awareness, Enhancing Motivation, Building Skills and Creating Supportive Environments.”

View the call for conference proposals. Peer presentation submissions will be accepted from Sept. 15, 2011 to March 9, 2012. Breakout presentation submissions are due July 1. Art and science presentation submissions are due Oct. 14, 2011. Visit www.healthpromotionconference.org for more information.

Download a Free Copy of 2011 Profiles in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
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Download your free copy of the 2011 Profiles in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science online now. This new publication, which was distributed at the 2011 ACSM Annual Meeting in Denver, is a guide to graduate and undergraduate programs in sports medicine and exercise science across the country. In addition, the publication includes helpful advice from professors and students. Download the publication now.

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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.

Exercise Helps Women with Generalized Anxiety
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A six-week exercise training program can help relieve the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, according to the first-ever trial to investigate whether physical activity helps patients with the condition.

Present treatments, including drug and behavioral therapies, show only limited success with the disorder, noted for chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension out of proportion to what provoked it -- or even if nothing did.

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Maximizing Your Miles
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Can't sleep at night? Exercise in the morning.

That's just one bit of news you might be able to use from the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting last week in Denver. Topics ranged from the biomechanics of muscle contraction to the effectiveness of the hula hoop as a weight-loss tool. There also were a few that should interest runners.

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