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Active Voice: Does Maternal Physical Activity Help Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain?
CDC Report: Six in 10 Adults Now Get Physically Active by Walking
Policy Corner: Research Should be a Priority in Lean Budget
Join the American College of Sports Medicine Faculty Network
Exercise is Medicine® Program Officer Job Opening
Register now for the 2012 Nutrition and Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Does Maternal Physical Activity Help Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain?
By Stephanie-May Ruchat, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Stephanie-May Ruchat, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation-Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory (Michelle F. Mottola, Ph.D., FACSM, director) in the School of Kinesiology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Ruchat's research focus includes exercise and nutrition interventions, as potential strategies to prevent excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) and to decrease the long-term risk for obesity in both women and their offspring. See the August 2012 issue of ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) for a related research article she coauthored, entitled "Nutrition and Exercise Reduce Excessive Weight Gain in Normal-Weight Pregnant Women."


Increasing evidence shows that maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain are associated, through intrauterine exposure, with increased risk of childhood obesity. Consequently, growing interest has developed recently regarding the role of lifestyle intervention during pregnancy to prevent excessive GWG and improve pregnancy outcomes.
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CDC Report: Six in 10 Adults Now Get Physically Active by Walking
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Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.”

CDC Vital Signs is released the first Tuesday of every month. Issues include colorectal and breast cancer screening, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, access to health care, HIV testing, seat belt use, cardiovascular disease, teen pregnancy and healthcare-associated infections, asthma, and foodborne disease. Read more at http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/.




Policy Corner: Research Should Still be a Priority in Lean Budget
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., recently authored an editorial in Science magazine regarding the importance of basic biomedical research. Collins highlights the importance of keeping basic research as a priority as budgets tighten, as it is the type of science that the private sector cannot afford to fund. Because it is impossible to predict whence the next treatment may emerge, he say, the nation must support a broad portfolio of basic research. Read Collins’ editorial here.

 



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Exercise is Medicine® Program Officer Job Opening
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Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is seeking to fill the position of Program Officer. EIM is a global health initiative that is committed to the goal of improving public and patient health, and transforming healthcare systems in the United States and worldwide. This professional position requires relocation to Indianapolis and a terminal degree - ideally in public health, although a physical activity-related field will also be considered. Click here for a full job description. Those interested should send cover letter with resume, writing sample, a list of at least three references and salary history to: abean@acsm.org – or mail to ACSM Human Resources Officer, P.O. Box 1440, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440 or fax to: 317 352-3890. EOE.


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Register now for the 2012 Nutrition and Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit
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The Summit is a two-day forum that will explore the connection that physical activity and nutrition have to learning and behavior, and is designed to encourage comprehensive school efforts to address childhood obesity in the school environment. It will convene the best and brightest leaders and decision-makers in education, health/nutrition, fitness, academia, government, policy and the corporate/philanthropic sector to examine the growing body of research focused on this topic, comparing progress made since Dr. David Satcher, 16th US Surgeon General, released his 2004 report entitled “The Learning Connection." For more information or to register, please click here.
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Exercise and Science 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.


Crazy for Exercise: Are We Overdoing It?
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Signs you're pushing yourself too hard

It's one thing to marvel at the Olympic paragons of Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, or Usain Bolt. It's another to dive into a demanding physical regimen as if you're an athlete when you haven't been properly trained. But that may very well be happening as countless Americans take on high-intensity fitness programs like CrossFit, Insanity, or boot camps that push them to the brink of, or well past, their capacity.

Why the new fitness craze?

In part, it's a fast answer for a time-pressured population. But the trend also reflects the growing popularity of group fitness. "Not only are you part of a community, but also there's positive reinforcement. There's social support. Those are very important aspects of committing to an exercise regimen," says Alex Zimmerman, national manager for Equinox fitness clubs' master-level training program, Tier 4.
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Taking Small Steps: Tips to Keep You Fit in College
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In order to stay in shape during your college years, a few small steps in the right direction to get moving is all it takes.

According to National Health Interview Surveys, more people are taking those steps toward better health — and not just by going to the gym seven days per week or running marathons. They're simply...walking. About 62 percent of adults in 2010 said they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the past seven days, up from 56 percent in 2005.

Chris Gettle, a kinesiology major at Pennsylvania State University, said he usually works out at least five days per week. While Gettle's routine can make the average student say, "I don't have time for that," the rising senior insists that you don’t have to choose between being a couch potato or a gym rat.
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