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Active Voice: What the New Congress May Mean for ACSM; Member Advocacy
  Will Be Crucial
Help Move America's Future: Attend the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress
Discounted Course Bundle Available: Happy Holidays from ACSM CeOnline
Read Latest Walking Report from America Walks
Support Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes through Social Network Community
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


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Active Voice: What the New Congress May Mean for ACSM; Member Advocacy Will Be Crucial
By Robert Oppliger, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Robert (Bob) A. Oppliger, Ph.D, is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and has served on a wide range of ACSM committees for more than 20 years. Currently, he is chair of ACSM’s Health Science Policy Committee and holds memberships on both the Strategic Planning Committee and ad- hoc ActivEarth committee. His academic vita includes more than 50 publications and well over a hundred presentation to scientific and lay audiences. He has chaired the authoring committee for an ACSM position statement and been a consultant to the NCAA, National Federation of High School Associations and several state high school sports associations. Bob is a League of American Bicyclist (LAB) Cycling Instructor and currently, a candidate for the LAB’s board of directors. When he’s not on a bike, he referees little league and high school soccer and tends his gardens.

The federal elections last month seemed to indicate that the American voters wanted change. That change included Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate while maintaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives. As the new 114th Congress convenes in January, it will be difficult to forecast what exactly will happen legislatively. World and national events— even the weather— can influence what transpires in Congress. The good news for ACSM is that there’s reason for optimism for our current key initiatives. Although their reasons for supporting physical activity (PA) may differ, members of Congress generally support legislation related to PA on a bipartisan basis. Like cities, states and businesses, Congress is catching on to the value PA provides for promoting health and the economic benefits for the individual, as well as for communities and the nation as a whole.

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Attend the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress to help all Americans become more physically active and healthier. The congress will be held February 23-24 in Washington, D.C. At the congress, you will work side-by-side with a diverse group of community leaders who are updating the national plan, which will be published in 2015. This is your chance to influence change, create strategies and prioritize tactics that will help all Americans make the move to a healthier, more active lifestyle. Learn more and register online at www.npapcongress2015.org.
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Discounted Course Bundle Available: Happy Holidays from ACSM CeOnline
Have you completed your 2014 continuing education credit requirements? As the year comes to an end, you are invited to take advantage of a special CEC bundle offer created with you in mind. The 2014 ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal certificate bundle* includes six Health & Fitness Journal courses, totaling 24 CECs for the price of five courses.

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Read Latest Walking Report from America Walks
ACSM partners with America Walks and many other organizations in the Every Body Walk! national collaborative to promote safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions, resulting in physically and economically fit communities. America Walks has just made a key contribution to these collective efforts, partnering with Jay Walljasper, author and speaker, to offer his latest report Walking is Going Places. Both ACSM and Every Body Walk! are noted. To read the full report, click here.
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Support Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes through Social Network Community
One of the key pillars of success for type 1 diabetes management is participating in exercise and sport. However, the challenge of balancing sport and blood sugar levels can be a demanding task. At times, student-athletes with diabetes, their families and coaching staff find themselves discouraged by not knowing how to be successful in achieving this balance. "Glu" is T1D Exchange's online community of more than 10,500 members designed to accelerate research and amplify the collective voice of those living with type 1 diabetes. To read more, please visit the NCAA's webpage.
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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.


Outdoor Walks, Even in Cold Weather, Offer Many Benefits
Charlotte Observer
Finding the motivation to exercise can be a challenge at any time of year. Add cold weather and shorter days to the mix, and working out - especially outdoors - can seem like a tremendous feat. But exercising outdoors has a range of benefits such as increasing vitamin D exposure and a general sense of wellbeing, according to several recent studies.

Many health experts recommend cold-weather walking as an opportunity to get the fitness you need.

Family physician and sports medicine expert Dr. Bob Sallis considers it a great method because of its accessibility. "Pretty much anyone can do it, and you don't need any special equipment," he explains.

As spokesman for Kaiser Permante's national Every Body Walk! campaign (everybodywalk.org), Sallis often encounters those who don't believe that walking can be a powerful medicine against a range of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and even dementia.

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The 10 Best Cities in America
The Huffington Post
According to Lumosity, a polling company that seeks to understand human intelligence, Ithaca, New York, tops the list of the smartest U.S. cities based on raw cognitive ability. The 2013 study tested participants in categories like memory, attention and problem solving, and deduced that Ithaca had the brainiest residents overall. The fact that it's a major college town probably has something to do with these findings, but who knows — maybe there's just something special in the gorges.
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