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In this issue:

Active Voice: Diversity Matters
2013 Winner of Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity
Policy Corner: President Dexter's Op-Ed on Park Funding featured on Capitol Hill
Karen Pierce Recognized for 30 Years of Contributions
IAWHP Webinar Aug. 13: Nutrition Do’s and Don'ts for a Healthier Lifestyle
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Diversity Matters
By Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM President (2011-2012)
Following a year as ACSM President, Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, served this year in the role of Immediate Past President. In that capacity, she has made important leadership contributions through membership on the ACSM Executive Council, the Administrative Council and the Board of Trustees. She is a professor in the exercise and wellness program and the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University in Phoenix. In this commentary, Dr. Ainsworth takes a look back and shares her impressions of the advancements that have been made in the unique and important initiatives that she launched and promoted during her period of leadership.

I have been asked to reflect on my past three years as a member of the ACSM Executive Committee. My first thought is, where did the time go? That is an easy answer. It went into many great initiatives and was filled with even more fabulous ideas of how ACSM can meet the needs of its membership -- physical activity enthusiasts – and grow as an organization. Each President is asked to identify a theme or initiative that can increase ACSM’s relevance. I chose the theme of Diversity with a tag line of Healthy, Active, Diverse. My theme builds on prior presidents Toby Tate and Larry Kenney’s initiatives to increase the ACSM’s diversity. It also extends their initiative by increasing ACSM’s connections with other professional organizations.

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  • 2013 Winner of Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity

    This year's winner of the Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity Award is Robin DeWeese of Arizona State University. She's pictured here receiving her award from Dr. Steve Blair at the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting. Robin's Get Moving! student video encouraged attendees to be active at the meeting, by taking the stairs and avoiding elevators and escalators. This is the second year that the Get Moving! Award has been awarded.
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    Policy Corner: President Dexter's Op-Ed on Park Funding featured on Capitol Hill

    ACSM President William Dexter, MD, FACSM, has written a letter published in the July 3 edition of The Hill, urging funding for parks and playgrounds through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    Please read the letter and, if you agree that this should be a policy priority, share it with your friends, members, partners, community and elected leaders. Together, we can strengthen support for building physical activity back into our daily lives, bringing better individual health and a host of co-benefits.

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    Karen Pierce Recognized for 30 Years of Contributions

    Like the field of sports medicine and exercise science, and the world in general – was very different in 1983, when Karen Pierce joined the College staff. 30 years later, she continues to contribute significantly, most notably in planning the annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Karen’s tenure shows one of the strengths of the remarkable ACSM staff, combining the institutional wisdom of long-time employees with the energy and insights of those who have joined more recently. Currently, Karen serves as Director of Professional Education and Distance Learning for ACSM.

    July 11 marks Karen’s 30-year anniversary with ACSM. Staff at the National Center join the leaders and members with whom she’s worked to thank Karen for her contributions and to wish her continued success as she enters her fourth decade serving the College and the profession.

    If you’d like to send a note to Karen, please contact her at education@acsm.org.

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    IAWHP Webinar Aug. 13: Nutrition Do's and Don'ts for a Healthier Lifestyle

    The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, and ACSM affiliate society, invites ACSM members and others to participate in a webinar Tuesday, Aug. 13. The webinar will showcase steps to take for a healthier lifestyle and will address how to improve eating and exercise habits. Ms. Sweat will highlight some of the current myths and fads regarding nutrition and exercise and will separate fact from fiction. She will provide useful tools that are realistic for people in the "real world" to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will benefit them for the long term.

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    Continuing Education Credits:
    The program offers 1 ACSM CEC. Please note: There is NO LONGER an additional fee for the CEC. The credit is included in the registration fee. In addition, all participants at your site are eligible to receive the ACSM CEC.

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    $25 USD for IAWHP members & $40 USD for non-IAWHP/public members. This cost is per registered phone line/Internet connection. You may have multiple participants participate under a single registration.

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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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    Differences Between the Sexes Stretches to Fitness Formulas
    Reuters
    When it comes to fitness, experts say men generally want to be bulkier and women want to be trimmer and everyone wants to do what they are good at.

    That's why as more women tackle brawny boot camps and men seek flexible peace on the yoga mat, crossing traditional gender lines, intelligently, can be a good idea.

    "Women want to lose body fat, men want hypertrophy (bulk)," said Geralyn Coopersmith, national director of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute.

    There are also hormonal, structural and body composition differences between the sexes, said Coopersmith, who trains the personal trainers for the chain's fitness centers.

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    'Functional Fitness' Keeps Seniors Moving
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    John Moses plays tennis every week. He does push-ups and planks, shoulder presses and squats. He attends group fitness classes at an activity center three times a week, often taking two classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    His strength, flexibility and six-pack abs have earned him a spot on the center's Wall of Youth and Fame. But the 75-year-old Atlanta man is just glad his joints don't hurt anymore.

    "(Exercise) helps you capture the vim, vigor and vitality of your youth," he says. "You can do the things you did when you were younger."

    Moses credits his energy to functional fitness, a type of exercise program that mimics the activities of daily life. For instance, lifting grocery bags out of the car requires forearm strength and balance. Putting those groceries away on high kitchen shelves could require shoulder flexibility and calf muscle stability.

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