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Sports Medicine Bulletin
July 7, 2009  
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Physical Activity Plan Conference: Building Momentum
Preliminary Results, Success and Action Steps

The National Physical Activity Plan preliminary conference resulted in expert-driven direction for the plan, advocacy breakthroughs, and commentary from internationally respected speakers – including a former U.S. Surgeon General and the newly appointed Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002), served as the keynote speaker for the conference. Satcher noted the importance of using physical activity as a preventive health care measure and is fully supportive of a national physical activity plan. Dr. Howard Koh, the new HHS assistant secretary for health, made his first-ever public appearance since his appointment, and stressed physical activity as preventive medicine.

The National Physical Activity Plan was originally devised in a 2006 policy roundtable convened by ACSM. ACSM has been a key part of the plan’s coordinating committee, and helped stir initial media and public interest through the issuance of a news release that included quotes from key policymakers and insightful public survey data.

Working groups devised strategies and tactics for the development of the plan in eight key areas: health care, public health, education, transportation, business and industry, nonprofits, mass media, and parks and recreation. Elements of each will be incorporated into the plan, and ACSM members are encouraged to get involved by expressing ideas or support or becoming an organizational affiliate. The National Plan will be developed by the first quarter of 2010.

In Pictures: National Physical Activity Plan Conference
View photos from the National Physical Activity Plan preliminary conference, held in Washington, D.C., July 1-2.

Policy Corner: Key Health Official Strong on Physical Activity
Dr. Howard Koh Stresses Prevention in First Official Address

Physical activity is running strong as a priority for the new Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. Howard Koh declared prevention and wellness a key part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in his remarks to about 250 experts gathered in Washington, D.C., July 1 for the National Physical Activity Plan Conference. Koh’s speech was his first official address since he was unanimously appointed by the U.S. Senate June 19. More

Q&A: ACSM’s Resources for Clinical Exercise Physiology
ACSM is recognized globally for defining science-based framework for professionals who conduct health-related exercise evaluation, individual physical activity plans, and exercise programs for adults. Now, a new edition of ACSM’s Resources for Clinical Exercise Physiology: Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Neoplastic, Immunological, and Hematological Conditions is helping scientists and clinicians convert research into practice. The exercise-based strategies contained in the manual closely relate to the principles of Exercise is Medicine™. Read the Q&A with Jon Myers, Ph.D., FACSM, senior editor of the book. More

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American Fitness Index™ Partners with U.S. Department of Agriculture
The ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) program formalized a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA-CSREES) as an AFI National Health Promotion Partner. AFI’s emphasis, along with its community focus, closely aligns with the USDA-CSREES strategic goal to improve the nation’s nutrition, health and quality of life. These goals are implemented by USDA-CSREES principally through partnerships with the University Cooperative Extension System (CES). Through these partnerships, the delivery of community-based nutrition education helps individuals, families, and communities make informed choices about food and healthy lifestyles. CES nutrition and health education programs incorporate physical activity guidance into curriculum and training materials. In addition, efforts are underway to reach out to community leaders to better support active, healthy lifestyles to improve quality of life and well-being of community residents. More

Now Available: New ACSM Journal Sites with Enhanced Features, Capability
Some exciting changes have taken place on the Web sites for ACSM’s journals — changes that promise to enhance our journals’ readability, usability, and impact. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), the publisher of ACSM journals, recently went live with 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. Read more about the changes ACSM members will find over the next few months on the journal Web sites. Watch a video tutorial about the new sites. More

National Institute on Aging Issues New Call for Grant Applications
ACSM members are encouraged to apply for three new grant program announcements available from the National Institute on Aging. These funding opportunities focus on bioenergetics, fatigability, and activity limitations in aging. Apply for the three grants here:

This Week’s Show
National Physical Activity Plan, featuring Special Guest Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Increasing Pace of Injuries Hampers Baseball
from New York Times
If you are just starting back at exercise after having baby, ease into it slowly. Make sure you are exercising when you are as well rested as possible. More

Baby Boomers More Active Than Ever
Canada's massive population of baby boomers might be finding more silver in their hair and starting to think about retirement, but they are not ready to slow down. In fact, many boomers — Canadians born from 1947 to 1966 — are turning to fitness and rigorous exercise for the first time. More

Is Bicycling Bad for Your Bones?
from The New York Times
In 2006, Aaron Smathers, then 29, was a graduate student in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, gathering data for a study of brittle bones in cyclists. One of his subjects was himself, since he’s been a bike racer for years. Is cycling bad for the bones? A number of intriguing studies published in the past 18 months, including Smathers’, have raised that possibility — an issue that has special resonance now, with the start of the 2009 Tour de France. More

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