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Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 29, 2009  
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Exercise Is Medicine™ on Campus program expands
Mississippi State will prescribe exercise to faculty, staff, students
Students, faculty, university officials and community leaders came together on Sept. 9 to establish Exercise is Medicine™ On Campus at Mississippi State University (MSU). The university, located in Starkville, Miss., hosted a one-day event featuring a morning bike ride, question-and-answer session and luncheon.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, and Exercise is Medicine Vice President Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., spoke on behalf of the initiative, showcasing ACSM’s commitment to physical activity and reinforcing the Exercise is Medicine call to action for health and fitness professionals and community leaders across the country. As part of Exercise is Medicine On Campus, MSU campus physicians and nurse practitioners will be prescribing exercise to faculty, staff and student patients by referring them to the fitness center, where they will be evaluated and given a personal exercise program. Patients' exercise habits will be tracked in the same manner as other medical treatments.

After a successful launch this year at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program has already significantly expanded, to include more than 20 universities around the country. Interested in bringing EIM to your university? Click here to learn more and sign up.

ACSM mourns loss of Fellow, former Board member
Lisa Krivickas, M.D., FACSM, a long-time ACSM member and former member of the ACSM Board of Trustees, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). She was 45.

Dr. Krivickas' contributions to the College were many. In addition to her Board of Trustees service, she was chair of the Strategic Health Initiative on Women, Sport and Physical Activity for three years and was a member of the strategic planning, credentials, and pronouncements committees, among others.

Dr. Krivickas' ground-breaking research on muscle fibers related to her interests in how muscles change with physical activity and in neuromuscular diseases. She contributed her great expertise to patients with neuromuscular disease by developing rehabilitation strategies and treatments to improve quality of life and survival. Despite her increasing physical limitations as her disease progressed rapidly and relentlessly, she cared for her patients in her clinic until just a few months before her death.

ACSM members can honor Dr. Krivickas by contributing to a new ACSM award in her name, which will contribute to a female clinician-scientist’s travel to the Annual Meeting each year. Click here for the donation form.

Policy Corner: Meetings build bridges with health officials, NFP leaders
ACSM Executive Vice President Jim Whitehead participated in numerous meetings in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22-23 in order to advance ACSM’s policy goals and identify opportunities to collaborate with influential organizations.

A main focus of the trip involved ACSM’s policy goal to reduce health disparities through adoption and expansion of active, healthy lifestyles—a large component of the ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ initiative. Whitehead met with key officials within the Department of Health and Human Services, including Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and Donald Weaver, M.D., Deputy Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Primary Healthcare within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). More

Career Webinars to feature epidemiology, physical therapy, nutrition
Students have unique opportunity to receive guidance from ACSM Fellows
Three esteemed ACSM Fellows will round out the 2009 Career Spotlight Webinar series, featuring valuable information about careers in epidemiology, physical therapy, and dietetics/sports nutrition.

  • Oct. 13, 3 p.m. ET: Careers in Exercise Epidemiology
    Featuring Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM
  • Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET: Careers in Physical Therapy
    Featuring Lynn Millar, Ph.D., P.T., FACSM
  • Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET: Careers in Dietetics/Sports Nutrition
    Featuring Stella Volpe, Ph.D., R.D.
Click here to register for the Webinars – or, pass this link along to your students!

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Fall Fit Society newsletter now available
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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Obesity could become top cancer cause
from USA Today
Being fat could become the leading cause of cancer in women in Western countries in the coming years, European researchers said Thursday. More

"Runners' high" can turn into real addiction
from MSNBC
Just as there is the endorphin rush of a "runner's high," there can also be the valley of despair when something prevents avid runners from getting their daily fix of miles. More

Postmenopausal women, too, reap cardiovascular benefits from endurance training
from Science Daily
Marilyn Graham was 56 when she signed up for a grueling hour of cycling each morning for 12 weeks, occasionally decked out in a mask, a heart monitor and a bag of intravenous fluid and subjected to needle pricks to obtain blood samples. More

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