In This Issue:
Speak Up to Debunk Myths About Exercise, Energy Balance
TIME magazine’s Aug. 17 cover article prompted many ACSM members to write, blog, tweet and otherwise speak out to correct the article’s misleading premise—that exercise commonly inhibits weight loss by overstimulating the appetite. Using their own knowledge as well as information from experts in exercise and energy balance, many have reiterated the fundamental facts that exercise brings manifest health benefits and should be part of anyone’s program of wellness and weight management. The upshot is a vigorous national dialogue that is bringing ACSM key messaging to the forefront.
As a professional with expertise that can add to this important dialogue, this presents an opportunity for you to speak up in your community.
Play a Key Role in the President’s Council for ACSM
ACSM is proud to be a Science Partner of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS). This relationship allows us to work together on conferences, journal articles and position statements, and gives ACSM another voice for local and federal fitness advocacy. As a result of this partnership, ACSM members have an exciting opportunity to become coordinators of PCPFS Demonstration Centers in each state. Read a job description for state coordinators.
In identifying a coordinator for your state or volunteering for the task yourself, you will be helping a partnership that marries ACSM's commitment to science and service with the Council's efforts to keep Americans active, healthy and fit.
These states do not have an ACSM member to serve as State Coordinator:
You can also join an existing team in states that already have coordinators secured. If you are interested in becoming a Coordinator or joining a team, please email Chris Sawyer, Director of Membership & Chapter Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACSM Continues to Address Obesity
Partnership with Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona and the STOP Obesity Alliance
A roundtable hosted by the STOP Obesity Alliance in Washington, D.C., last week focused on primary care in adult obesity management and prevention. ACSM attended the roundtable, lending its expertise in the areas of pediatrics, delivery systems changes, barriers to change, and emerging trends in obesity management. Findings from the roundtable will be included in a forthcoming white paper.
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ACSM Recognizes Shriver’s Accomplishments, Contributions
At the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, ACSM would like to recognize her commendable accomplishments, especially in the realm of physical activity and disabilities. Shriver founded the Special Olympics, giving those with disabilities the chance to be active and competitive – goals to which ACSM is highly committed. The Special Olympics is a member of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition www.incfit.org. which ACSM founded in conjunction with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. Read more about Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s life and accomplishments.
Policy Corner: Francis Collins Confirmed As Next NIH Director
On its final day in session before breaking for the August recess, the Senate confirmed geneticist Francis Collins to be the next Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins was confirmed by unanimous voice vote of the full U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, and becomes the 16th director of the NIH.
NASA Issues Call for Research
ACSM members have a unique opportunity to submit research proposals to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA has released Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ09ZSA002N, titled, "Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions." ACSM has an existing partnership with NASA that funds an ACSM grant program and a NASA exhibit at the ACSM National Center.
Northwest Chapter Home Office Director Position Available
The Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine would like to invite all qualified and interested applicants to apply for the position of Home Office Director. The Northwest Chapter serves the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Duties and responsibilities include: organizing and managing the ACSM Northwest Home Office; coordinating the monthly distribution of the Chapter’s E-Bulletin; maintaining the Chapter website; assisting in ACSM Northwest Executive Board and Chapter events and meetings; coordinating the payment of membership dues, conference fees, and all membership data; corresponding with Chapter members, ACSM Northwest Executive Board officials, and the ACSM National Office; and providing administrative support to ACSM Northwest Executive Board members. This position requires excellent organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively with a larger number of people, the ability to work as an effective team member, and a desire to contribute positively to the ACSM Northwest Chapter and Executive Board. A $5,000 annual stipend is offered for this position.
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Bicycling: Easy Riding for Rocky Times
from Reuters News
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from Inside Indiana Business
Employers may sometimes feel like the "Star Wars" heroes trapped in a giant trash compactor: pressure on all sides and nothing seems likely to stop the walls from closing in. Rising costs for health care, disability, absenteeism and poor employee performance can put the squeeze on an otherwise healthy business.
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