Active Voice: Helping Athletes Identify Sport Nutritional Products Free of Athletic Banned Substances and Steroids
By Greta Houlahan Share
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Greta Houlahan serves as senior communications manager for NSF International, a global public health and safety organization founded in 1944 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This commentary appeared in a recent issue of the Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) e-newsletter. To sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter, visit www.nodope.org.
Did you know that there is an organization that tests and certifies nutritional supplements and sport nutrition products to make sure that they don’t contain athletic banned substances or steroids? NSF International, an independent public health organization, certifies a wide range of dietary supplements and nutritional products to verify that they are free of athletic banned substances and unsafe levels of contaminants.
NSF International developed the NSF American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI Standard 173). As required by the standard, the NSF certification process includes:
Policy Corner: Make Your Town Fit and Healthy
Coursing through the veins of the National Physical Activity Plan is a spirit that calls to mind the mantra “think globally; act locally.” Springing from the environmental movement, this notion reflects the necessity that shared aspirations be enacted as appropriate to each application. (See also familiar disclaimers such as “Your results may vary,” “Some settling may occur” and “Ask your doctor if Blarfinex is right for you.”)
The Plan is not a prescription to be applied topically to each city, neighborhood or organization, but rather “a comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.” Implementation teams are at work across the spectrum of sectors, breathing life into strategies and tactics identified in the broadly collaborative planning process. Consistently in mind is the notion of adjusting to realities and opportunities as they arise, bringing practicality and nuance to what was conceived in planning.
The ACSM American Fitness Index offers an example of a sophisticated program to help communities better support active, healthy lifestyles. The AFI Technical Assistance Program (TAP) builds upon the annual AFI data report, which provides a health status snapshot of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. More
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Study Flags Risk of Daily Vitamin Use Among Older Women
USA Today Share
Older women who took a daily vitamin supplement — even just a multivitamin — had an increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a study published Monday in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
The study highlights concerns about the long-term use of supplements and vitamins in people who do not have severe nutritional deficiencies, the authors say. An accompanying editorial notes that findings "add to the growing evidence demonstrating that certain supplements can be harmful." More
Expert Advice: Pregnancy and Exercise
Washington Post Share
When Amber Miller finished the Chicago Marathon and then delivered her baby Monday, she amazed many people (including several readers of my previous post on her accomplishment).
She also made many of us wonder: How much exercise is healthy during pregnancy? More