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Sports Medicine Bulletin
August 4, 2009  
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Weight of the Nation Conference Highlight Need for Strategic Prevention Policies
ACSM, Exercise is Medicine™, ACSM American Fitness Index™ Exhibit At Conference
ACSM’s members and initiatives helped shape physical activity prevention strategies during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Weight of the Nation conference July 27-29. Former President Bill Clinton, the conference’s keynote speaker, noted that the time has come to take action in the fight against obesity.

Two of ACSM’s core initiatives, Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) and the ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI), seek to affect health care policies by promoting the benefits of physical activity in community, medical and fitness settings. ACSM’s exhibit booth at the conference provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about EIM and AFI, as well as ACSM’s policy and advocacy efforts. More

MSSE Research Highlight: Mortality Linked to Physical Activity Levels in Unfit Individuals
The least-fit segment of the population has twice the mortality risk of even those who are just a bit more in shape, according to a study published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. A research team from Stanford University led by Victor F. Froelicher, M.D., and Jonathan Myers, Ph.D., FACSM, performed exercise tests and followed more than 4,300 subjects from 1986 to 2006, none of whom had a history of heart disease. Fitness and physical activity levels were measured using treadmill tests and questionnaires, and mortality rates were tracked during the 20-year study period. More

ACSM Helps Shape Future Health Initiatives for City of Chicago
On July 31, ACSM helped drive future planning for one of the nation’s premier examples of city-wide behavior change: Building a Healthier Chicago (BHC). BHC is a multi-organizational program founded in part by Rear Adm.. James Galloway, M.D., assistant U.S. surgeon general for the Chicago region. Dr. Galloway has been involved in several ACSM initiatives, particularly the ACSM American Fitness Index™; he has given comments at both AFI rankings launches. Visit the Building a Healthier Chicago Web site to read more about the city’s best practices in health.

Travelling to D.C.? Take The Opportunity to Advocate
If you are going to be in the D.C. area after Congress reconvenes in September and could make one or more Congressional visits, please contact Dan Henkel, ACSM’s senior director of communications and advocacy, at 317-627-9200, ext. 127 or Dan will work with Lewis-Burke Associates, recently retained to help ACSM develop and enact its public policy initiatives, to facilitate meetings for you on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, you may wish to visit your Senators or Representative during the August recess. Dan can help you set up and prepare for visits in the home district with your elected leaders or staff.

Whether meeting with Members of Congress at home or on the Hill, you’re sure to enjoy the experience. Moreover, your advocacy as a constituent and a knowledgeable professional will help advance the ACSM policy agenda and the important healthy behaviors it supports.

Policy Corner: Key Meetings on Capitol Hill Advance ACSM, EIM Initiatives
With Congress having recessed until September before voting on a specific health care reform plan, ACSM members have an opportunity to ask their Members of Congress to support provisions to make an active and healthy lifestyle a public priority. As reported in last week’s Policy Corner, this kind of advocacy can be done in the Members’ home-district offices or on Capitol Hill. Here’s an example of member advocacy in action: More

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ACSM Regional Chapter Update
Please join ACSM in congratulating the newly elected officers of the Southwest ACSM Regional Chapter (SWACSM). They will begin their terms at the conclusion of the 2009 SWACSM Annual Meeting to be held October 23-24 in San Diego.
Michael C. Hogan, PhD, FACSM
University of California, San Diego

Member-at-Large for Operations
Guillermo Noffal, Ph.D., CSCS
California State University, Fullerton

Member-at-Large for Development
Larry S. Verity, Ph.D., FACSM
San Diego State University

From the ACSM Foundation - You Can Help Grow the Research Grant Fund
The ACSM Foundation supports the full spectrum of sports medicine and exercise science. In the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in research grants. With nine funds and endowments, you can designate your gift toward your professional specialty or area of interest. Consider donating today using our secure, online Web site.

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Do Squats Count As Exercise?
from MSN Fitness
Are you trying to avoid having to do cardio altogether? If so, you’re out of luck, as just lifting weights alone is not recommended. The most recent physical activity recommendations issued by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association in 2007 specifically state that healthy adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity on at least five days a week, in addition to resistance training and less-intense activities of daily living. More

Study: Being Active As a Preschooler Pays Off Later in Childhood
from FirstScience News
Being active at age 5 helps kids stay lean as they age even if they don't remain as active later in childhood, a new University of Iowa study shows. More

After-school Programs Should Promote Activity, Healthy Nutrition, Researchers Urge
from Science Daily
Children's after-school activities often consist of sedentary behavior such as watching television, but after-school programs that offer physical activity and healthy snacks could be the best place for children's health. More

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