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Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 22, 2009  
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"There is no downside to prevention," says CDC director
HHS highlights importance of physical activity; will fund PA initiatives
Last Thursday (Sept. 17), Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced that $373 million will be made available to fund the “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” program. This program is part of the larger Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative taking place at HHS, which was provided with $650 million by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The two officials also focused on the importance of prevention, with Frieden stating that “there is no downside to prevention” and noting that physical activity and healthy lifestyles are key to prevention.

The goal of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work program is to highlight prevention and wellness strategies in local communities (particularly high-need communities) and will fund projects designed to:

  • Increase physical activity;
  • Improve nutrition;
  • Decrease obesity;
  • Decrease the use of tobacco; and
  • Decrease the exposure to secondhand smoke.

ACSM recognizes Brand’s accomplishments, achievements
ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing of Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He was 67.

“Myles bridged the world of athletics with academics in a unique, insightful, and progressive fashion,” said ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM. “He last spoke at the ACSM Annual Meeting in 2008, during an NCAA-hosted reception for ACSM members, and Myles delivered a marvelous talk that looked to both the past and the future of the student-athlete and collegiate sports.”

In addition, Brand also spoke so favorably of one of the major collaborations between ACSM and NCAA. The two organizations, along with Indiana life sciences organization Biocrossroads, created a new entity called “Datalys” that oversees the NCAA's Injury Surveillance System. Datalys will eventually expand coverage to more sports and for athletes other than collegiate student-athletes. In appreciation of his contributions to the 2008 Annual Meeting, ACSM presented to Brand, at the end of his talk, an original issue of the very first Sports Illustrated, published in 1954. “Myles was very pleased with our little measure of thanks and was still looking at it in the reception that followed his talk,” Pivarnik said. “While that Sports Illustrated was a first of its kind, so was Myles – the first university president to serve as NCAA President. And truly a pioneer and change agent. We will miss and honor him far into the future. As an Indiana University graduate, and President of ACSM, it was an honor to have known Myles Brand in both roles."

STOP Obesity Alliance recommends obesity strategies for health reform
On Sept. 9, 2009, the STOP Obesity Alliance hosted an event to discuss its groundbreaking, “Has America Reached its Tipping Point on Obesity? Recommendations for Addressing Obesity within Health Reform.” The STOP Obesity Alliance is a key ACSM partner as the College works to improve lifestyle behaviors among Americans.

The STOP event featured two former U.S. Surgeon Generals – Drs. Richard Carmona and David Satcher – and offered four specific recommendations for addressing obesity in health reform. More

Save the Date: 2010 Health & Fitness Summit
Save the date for the 14th-annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit! Join your colleagues in Austin, Texas, April 7-10, 2010. Education tracks on a wide variety of topics, from nutrition to behavior change, plus keynote speakers and pre-conferences, make the Summit the most comprehensive fitness conference in the industry.

Watch the video of last year’s “Fitness Through the Ages” workout to see the unique workouts offered at the Summit! More

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Policy Corner: Sen. Harkin becomes chair of HELP committee
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who already heads the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Education) Appropriations Subcommittee, which provides funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has become the new chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. More

Improve youth health with Walk to School Day
One of ACSM’s numerous health and fitness partners, Indianapolis-based Alliance for Health Promotion, encourages the College’s members through its Health By Design program to support Walk to School Day, an international event that is easily transferrable to the local level. Walk to School Day supports active commuting – as do ACSM and the Alliance for Health Promotion – to enhance the health of kids, improve air quality, and create safer routes for bicycling and walking. Visit for resources or to register an event. More

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Kentucky high school coach cleared in player death
from Reuters
A high school football coach accused by prosecutors of running a player to death in the summer heat last year was acquitted on Thursday of reckless homicide and wanton endangerment charges. More

Key found to muscle loss as we age
from MSNBC
It’s a sad fact that muscles shrink as adults age. But new studies are starting to unravel how this happens — and what to do about it. More

Study: Cutting salt intake would save $18B a year in health costs
from USA Today
If Americans would cut their sodium intake to the level recommended by health and nutrition experts, the country would save about $18 billion in annual health care costs and quality of life would improve for millions of people, says a Rand Corp. study. More

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