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In this issue:

Editor’s Note: Bringing You Useful News in Science, Practice & Public Policy
Policy Corner: ACSM Offers Post-Election Analysis, Part I
Active Nation™ Presents Webinar to Increase Physical Activity at Child Care
Reminder -- ACSM Seeks New Editor-in-Chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®
Free Fencing Masters NYC Tickets Available to ACSM Members
Share Your Thoughts on Latest “Be Active Your Way” Blog Post
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Editor's Note: Bringing You Useful News in Science, Practice & Public Policy
By William G. Herbert, Ph.D., FACSM    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.

William G. Herbert, Ph.D., is ACSM’s Web Content Editor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. He is a 41-year member of ACSM and has served the College as a Board of Trustees member and officer and on numerous committees and task forces.

If you are a regular SMB reader, we hope you’re pleased with our new look. Two years ago, ACSM’s leadership decided it was time to update our bimonthly print publication. The idea was that SMB should provide you, our members, with varied content on current issues of importance in the field delivered in a Web-friendly, informal style that lends itself well to quick reading. Much of the information we consume these days is Web-based, and the speed with which it is created and circulated is expanding at an astounding rate. This increases the demands on your time and effort as you try to keep pace with rapid changes and sort out what is trustworthy, useful and important. For these reasons, we expect that you have little time to spend with any given online source. We hope that the new SMB better delivers the information you want and can use.

What are the biggest changes to SMB? Most important is the new feature that appears in most issues, called “Active Voice.” This is an expert commentary on current topics of interest in exercise science and sports medicine or topics which relate to ACSM’s public policy initiatives. Second, SMB has transitioned from a bimonthly to a weekly publication, and the increased frequency enables us to bring you content that is more current and timely. In addition, we are working to present you with content in a style that suits Web readers – articles that are concise and conversational, use low-tech language and include three or four take-away points.

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Policy Corner: ACSM Offers Post-Election Analysis, Part I
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Editor’s Note: ACSM will divide our post-election analysis into two parts. This week, we will focus on the general election results. Next week, we will discuss how these results might affect ACSM’s policy priorities and strategies.

In last week’s elections, many predictions came true as Republicans captured more than 60 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate. In addition, Republicans regained control of the House, and while Democrats will keep control of the Senate, their majority will be much smaller than it was in the 111th Congress. This is the first time since the 1930s that control of the House has flipped without a similar flip in the Senate.

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Republicans’ capture of more than 60 seats trumps the 52 seats Republicans won in the 1994 election. 1948 was the last time a party captured so many seats in one election. While about ten races remain undecided, Republicans will control at least 240 of the 435 House seats in the 112th Congress.

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Active Nation™ Presents Webinar to Increase Physical Activity at Child Care
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On Jan. 27, 2011, ACSM’s Active Nation™ will host a webinar on “Intervention Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity at Child Care.”  Active Nation is ACSM’s multi-organizational initiative to promote youth health and fitness and combat childhood overweight and obesity. The webinar runs from 3 - 4 p.m. ET, and registration is $35 for ACSM members and $50 for non-ACSM/public members.

This webinar will:
  • explain the need for intervention strategies to address the promotion of physical activity for young children ages 2-5 who attend child care;
  • describe the spheres of influence at child care settings that can be leveraged in support of physical activity for young children;
  • list a variety of strategies that can be implemented to increase physical activity in child care settings; and
  • familiarize participants with the NAP SACC Best Practice Guidelines for promotion of physical activity at child care.
Dianne Ward, Ed.D., FACSM, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will lead this webinar. The webinar is worth one ACSM CEC. View complete session and registration information.

Reminder — ACSM Seeks New Editor-in-Chief of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
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Could you be the next editor-in-chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal? If so, or if you know someone who would be a good fit, please submit an application or nomination by Jan. 3, 2011.

All applications and nominations must include a current curriculum vitae and appropriate writing sample. Applicants should send a letter of interest, and nominations must have the nominee’s approval. Materials can be submitted via e-mail to HFJournal@acsm.org or via mail to Lori Tish at ACSM, 401 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

The search committee will accept applications and nominations through Jan. 3, 2011, and they will interview finalists in April 2011. The next editor-in-chief’s term will begin in July 2011 and run through Dec. 2015.

Questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, at wrthompson@gsu.edu or (404) 413-8365.

ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal is an official bimonthly journal of ACSM. The main audiences for the journal are fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers and other front-line health and fitness professionals. 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 and online at www.acsm-healthfitness.org.

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Free Fencing Masters NYC Tickets Available to ACSM Members
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BistroMD is offering complimentary Fencing Masters NYC tickets to ACSM members. Fencing Masters NYC will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse will host the event.

Fencing Masters NYC will be the largest, non-Olympic, spectator fencing tournament in U.S. history. The event will benefit USA Olympic hopefuls and will showcase some of the highest-ranked fencers in the world.

To claim your complimentary tickets, please contact Rebecca Wells at (239) 514-0700 or Rebecca@bistromd.com. Space is limited, so tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

ACSM attendees are also invited to attend the pre-tournament expo from 3 – 7 p.m. and sample meals from BistroMD Sport at a VIP tasting. BistroMD Sport offers home delivery of physician-designed, chef-prepared meals as well as referral programs.

Share Your Thoughts on Latest "Be Active Your Way" Blog Post
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ACSM is proud to have a regular, credible voice in online discussions about health and physical activity. Most recently, ACSM President Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM discussed overcoming environmental barriers to physical activity in his post on the Be Active Your Way blog.

Each Wednesday, a post from a rotating group of organizations addresses a new topic relating to physical activity and exercise on the blog. We’d like to invite ACSM members to comment on current and previous blog entries and foster the online dialogue about the many aspects of healthy lifestyles. This dialogue could help motivate and enable people to become active according to their interests and abilities.

The blog is part of the Be Active Your Way program of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, created to help Americans understand the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and incorporate them into daily life. ACSM members played a key role in developing the Guidelines and are now helping implement them. Resources at the HHS Guidelines site include links to the Guidelines themselves, FAQs and a Be Active Your Way toolkit.

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.


Hopkins Looks into Fitness Guidelines for Pregnant Women
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Her Asics laced up and her water bottle at her side, Meredith Dobrosielski stepped onto the treadmill for a robust half-hour walk.

For the Towson runner, this wasn't just any trip to the gym. The session took place in a lab at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. And each step offered information on the impact of exercise on her fetus. Dobrosielski is about 8 months pregnant.

Doctors expect the information collected to fill in some gaps in the data on how much pounding is OK for a developing baby. Eventually, they hope to be able to develop personalized workout schedules for women in different states of fitness.

Regular Workouts Ward Off the Common Cold
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Working out regularly doesn't only help tone your body and build muscle — it could also help you avoid catching the common cold, a new study suggests.

People who exercise five or more times a week get fewer and less severe colds than those who work out one or fewer times a week, said Dr. David Nieman, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

"The most powerful weapon someone has during cold season," Nieman told MyHealthNewsDaily, "is to go out, on a near-daily basis, and put in at least a 30-minute brisk walk."
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