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Active Voice: Pre-participation Health Screening Before Exercise – Is It Time for
  a Change?- Part I
Call for Editor-in-Chief Nominations for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
'The Healthiest Workplaces in the World' Webinar Series
ObesityWeek℠ Brings the Latest in Obesity Science and Treatment to Boston
Member Benefit: New Options for Health Insurance
Students: Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Active Voice: Pre-participation Health Screening before Exercise — Is It Time for a Change? Part I
By Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM, MAACVPR, FAHA

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., is director of preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He also serves as professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering at Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dr. Franklin has served as president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR; 1988-89) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM; 1999-2000). He is a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and currently holds editorial board appointments with 15 other scientific/clinical journals.

This commentary presents Dr. Franklin's views on a recent study by Whitfield GP, et al. published in Circulation, March 2014. In this Active Voice column, he expands on the perspective that he initially presented in his editorial for Circulation and which accompanied the Whitfield article. Given the complexity of the issues and scope of the topic, the text is presented in two installments. This section, Part 1, addresses public health benefits of physical activity and the rationale for health screening of adults prior to their initiating structured exercise. Part 2 will address Dr. Franklin’s views of why the Whitfield findings and other recent reports should prompt re-examination and perhaps revision of traditional exercise pre-participation guidelines.

Modern technological advances have increasingly emphasized comfort and convenience afforded by availability of time and labor-saving devices – especially those focused on speed, data transfer, improved efficiency and increased productivity. Automobiles, elevators, escalators, moving walkways, remote controls, self-propelled lawn mowers, automatic garage door openers and online ordering/bill paying have helped to engineer physical activity out of daily life. In the contemporary work environment, we’re increasingly paid to think, communicate and process information. Much of our hypokinetic workday involves extended driving time, desk work, teleconferences, meetings, phone conversations and computer interactions. According to a recent report, occupation-related energy expenditure has decreased by more than 100 calories since 1960, which has contributed significantly to the increase in mean U.S. body weights for women and men.
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Call for Editor-in-Chief Nominations for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor-in-chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, an official bimonthly journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The incoming editor-in-chief will begin duties in July 2015, and the term of office will run through the end of 2019. The main audience for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® is fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers, nutritionists and other front-line health and fitness professionals. The journal’s mission is to promote and distribute accurate, unbiased and authoritative information on health and fitness. The journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research and includes information on ACSM certification workshops, current topics of interest to the fitness industry and continuing education credit opportunities. The journal is available in print, online at and via an iPad® app.

The search committee is accepting candidate applications and nominations now and plans to interview finalists in April 2015. All candidates should be a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and in good standing. A current curriculum vita and appropriate writing samples are required for all applications and nominations. Applicants should send a letter of interest, and nominations must have the nominee's approval. Send all materials for receipt no later than January 5, 2015, via email to: or via mail to:

American College of Sports Medicine
401 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN
Attention: Lori Tish, Editorial Services Office.

Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, via email: or phone: (404) 413-8365.

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'The Healthiest Workplaces in the World' Webinar Series
The International Association of Workplace Health Promotion and the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces would like to invite you to a webinar series about the healthiest workplaces in the world. The webinars will feature this year's winners of the global healthy workplace awards in the following three categories: small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), large-scale enterprises (LSE) and multi-national enterprises (MNE). All three organizations are doing an exemplary job in creating healthy workplaces. The three webinars will showcase efforts at the following companies: 1) Spokane Regional Health District; 2) Telefonica do Brasil; and 3) IBM. There is no charge for the webinars, but you must register separately for each one;

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    ObesityWeek℠ Brings the Latest in Obesity Science and Treatment to Boston
    Obesity is taking stage as one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. ObesityWeek answers the call by bringing together the great minds of unique, seasoned obesity professionals to unveil new research and leading medical techniques.

    Mark your calendars for Nov. 2-7, 2014, and plan your trip to Boston, MA for ObesityWeek℠, the world’s largest conference on obesity research and treatment. ObesityWeek℠ combines the scientific and clinical resources of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society for the premier annual scientific and educational conference dedicated to obesity.

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn, network and connect with an expected 5,000 obesity professionals, including physicians, surgeons, scientists and clinicians. The meeting combines a variety of formats, ranging from poster presentations to live debates. With nearly 1,500 research abstracts unveiled, and more than 100 educational sessions, attendees will have unique access to the latest information needed to understand the latest science and applications to prevention and treatment.

    The content and delivery has been developed by a committee of field experts with the needs of you, the attendee, in mind. The meeting is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and will be valid for the American Board of Obesity Medicine exam in December 2014.

    Registration for ObesityWeek℠ 2014 is now open! Find the latest schedule, register online and subscribe to additional email updates at and follow ObesityWeek℠ on Twitter and Facebook.

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    Member Benefit: New Options for Health Insurance
    Sort out your options for health insurance coverage in one convenient place when you visit the American Health Insurance Exchange (AHiX) — available exclusively through ACSM's member insurance program. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has broadened access to health insurance but also introduced many new choices for consumers. Through AHiX, you can find coverage in three easy steps:
    1. Assess your situation and find out if you are eligible for subsidies
    2. Shop for plans on and off the public health insurance exchanges
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    Act now to view your insurance options, or call 1-888-301-8706 to speak with an exchange specialist.

    * Plan designs and access to plans vary by state

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    Students: Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship
    The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the 10th consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year and who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness and/or education.

    ACSM will provide $1,000 to each winner, and Healthy Learning™ will provide a $1,000 credit to be used in the ACSM store to purchase DVDs, books or wearables. The recipients also receive complimentary registration to ACSM's 2015 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, which will be held March 31-April 3, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. Visit to apply. The deadline is November 14, 2014.

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    Nordic Walking Strives to Shed a Stodgy Image
    Nordic walking, or walking with ski poles, is an effective, full body workout, fitness experts say but it has a bit of an image problem.

    The activity burns more calories and works more muscles than walking alone, but to embark on a public trek that looks like cross-country skiing without the snow can require a modicum of unselfconscious courage.

    Malin Svensson a Swedish-born athlete, fitness coach and author of the book "Nordic Walking," has been teaching it in America since 2002.

    "It is something you have to try out to understand," she explained. "Also people think it looks a little nerdy. My ex-husband disguised himself the first time."

    Svensson's Santa Monica, California-based company, Nordic Body, folds Nordic walking into group fitness classes that range from basic training to athletic interval training that incorporates 30-second plyometric, or jumping training.

    "In Europe it has become this old people walk," she said. "They haven't embraced the different techniques."

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    Kids and Sports: Is Training Getting too Intense?
    Yahoo Health
    Boys and girls are starting sports younger and training harder—putting their mental and physical health at risk.

    Sports and competition go together, hand in baseball glove. And the myriad benefits kids derive from playing sports is well documented —exercise, increased confidence, a shot at a future scholarship. But as youth sports have become increasingly "professionalized," the risks are starting to outweigh the rewards.

    Children as young as 5 and 6 years old are participating in what Daniel Gould, director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, calls the "elite level talent development model." Today, for example, in various sports, kids are being placed on high intensity "travel teams" that play year-round. Scouts seek out top child athletes to sign to those teams. And specialized coaches promise to help young athletes hone specific areas such as kicking, pitching, or endurance. "The problem is that kids are not miniature adults," Gould told Yahoo Health. "And it can be physiologically and psychologically detrimental for them in the long term."

    This movement toward a high-intensity sports culture has had experts warning against the dangers of injury for years, and now scientific research is starting to back them up. In the most recent example, a new study in the journal Radiology found that young baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches per week are at risk for a newly identified overuse injury that can impede normal shoulder development and lead to other injuries, including rotator cuff tears.

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