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Sports Medicine Bulletin
June 30, 2009  
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Coming Soon: New ACSM Journal Sites with Enhanced Features, Capability
There are some exciting changes taking place for ACSM’s journals — changes that promise to enhance the journals’ readability, usability, and impact for ACSM members.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), the publisher of ACSM journals, soon will launch a new online journal platform. This is the next step in an ongoing journey to keep our journals at the forefront of electronic publishing.

The journal sites will continue to evolve and become even more dynamic. Make sure to keep up-to-date on what’s happening on the journal sites over the next few months. Don’t miss the exciting features like: saved searches, personal article collections, e-mail alerts, and new capabilities, like exporting references into your favorite citation manager and exporting figures from full-text articles into PowerPoint.

National Physical Activity Plan Conference to Feature Former U.S. Surgeon General
The preliminary development conference for the National Physical Activity Plan – a plan ACSM originally called for at a 2006 policy roundtable – will feature numerous esteemed speakers and presenters from around the globe, including former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D. The conference takes place this week (July 1-2; Washington, D.C.).

Representatives from the American Cancer Society, YMCA of the USA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AARP, and more will also deliver presentations and moderate working groups related to physical activity and health. Eight working groups will focus on key population segments and industries that the plan will specifically target once fully developed: health care, public health, transportation, nonprofits, education, mass media, business and industry, and parks and recreation.

Visit for a full agenda of speakers, and to sign up to receive more information about the plan.

Historic ACSM Roundtable Will Result In Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
With more than 10 million survivors living in the United States alone, ACSM leaders and scientists met in St. Louis last week for the first step of devising the first-ever exercise guidelines for cancer survivors.

The St. Louis conference was the first step in developing the comprehensive guidelines. In 2008, ACSM led the initial call for greater education in working with cancer survivors with a specialty certification for health and fitness professionals. The forthcoming roundtable consensus statement will provide definitive, evidence-based exercise recommendations for both cancer survivors themselves and the health care professionals who treat them. More

EIM Task Force Member Receives National Award
The American College of Sports Medicine is pleased to congratulate and recognize Exercise is Medicine™ task force member Edward Phillips, M.D., as a recipient of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award for 2009. This award is given out annually to individuals who improve the lives of individuals within his/her community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities or fitness-related programs.

Phillips is currently the director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has stayed active in advocating for exercise prescription and behavior change by co-authoring “Exercise is Medicine™, The Clinician's Guide to the Exercise Prescription,” available for purchase here.

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Policy Corner: Taking It to the Hill
Elected officials listen with interest to those who live and vote in their districts. When those constituents bring an armload of professional insight on the issues of the day, their voice is amplified. That’s the strategy behind having ACSM members discuss physical activity and exercise with Members of Congress, particularly those who are in key committee or leadership positions. Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, recently visited the offices of two Congressmen from his native Georgia, making the case for Exercise is Medicine™ and the American Fitness Index™. More

"Approved Provider" Program Enhances Continuing Education Credit Availability
Organizations and individuals now have a heightened opportunity to issue and earn ACSM Continuing Education Credits, thanks to the ACSM Approved Provider Program. The program allows organizations to be approved for a period of three years and provide ACSM CECs for any program, meeting, conference, workshop, and home study option during that time frame. If you are interested in applying for the program, please visit and download the application. Please pass this information along to any organizations who may be interested in offering ACSM CECs, or contact

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EIM Task Force Encourages Healthy Air Travel with New Landing Page
A new Exercise is Medicine™ task force is combating the stresses of travel with a new resource-driven Web page.

Exercise is Medicine™ on the Fly encourages travelers to find physical activity opportunities at airports, where layovers and delays create prime time for activities such as walking. Learn more at the new EIM on the Fly landing page: The program and Web site are just two of the numerous EIM initiatives that are getting people around the world up and active. Visit for toolkits, videos, an exercise prescription pad, and more.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Why It's Never Too Late to Exercise
The over-65 age group is less active than any other. But, says Sam Murphy, exercise doesn't have to be difficult - and it can help you live a longer, happier life. More

Mom, Can I Run a Marathon?
from Chicago Tribune
Like many runners, 14-year-old Dan Anderson felt his body disintegrating around mile 17 of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. But fueled by a cheering crowd, the Wisconsin teenager completed the grueling 26.2-mile race to join an elite and controversial club: young long-distance runners. More

Cancer Survivors: Exercise Guidelines Are Coming
from Medical News Today
New exercise guidelines are being developed that will give cancer survivors a comprehensive plan on how to safely start or maintain a physical activity program - and, in turn, enjoy a higher quality of life after battling the disease. More

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