Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jan. 13, 2009

The Obama Plan for Health Care Reform – About to Unfold?

President-elect Obama has made clear that health care is one of his top priorities. ACSM is pleased that health care reform appears to be both a prominent and urgent issue on the “Change” agenda. In fact, ACSM is taking steps already to work with the Obama transition team on health resources and policy development. More

Membership – I Belong. Do You?
from ACSM
For many ACSM members, their first introduction to ACSM was through a respected colleague or mentor. Share your stories with your colleagues about the value of ACSM membership. Visit the “I belong. Do You?” home page and start recruiting today! Congratulations to Lori Gravish for being the 2009 Overall Winner. Lori receives complimentary registration, hotel and airfare to the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting for recruiting the most new members in '08. View other prize winners and ACSM members who recruited members in 2008. More

ACSM Helping Develop National Physical Activity Plan for U.S.
from ACSM
ACSM is playing an integral role in the development of the United States’ first National Physical Activity Plan. Coming on the heels of the recently released “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” the National Plan will present policies and practices that are aimed at helping all Americans adopt physically active lifestyles. The plan will include recommended policies in eight sectors: public health, healthcare, education, not-for-profit organizations, worksites, transportation, community planning, and recreation and sports. More

ACSM Releases Fitness Report on Top 50 U.S. Cities
from ACSM
ACSM has released the full version of the ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) by expanding the list from the 16 most populous metropolitan areas to the Top 50 metropolitan areas. More

ACSM Partners with American Cancer Society on New Certification
Medical News Today
Health and fitness professionals certified by ACSM can now earn additional qualifications geared toward working with cancer survivors, including those currently undergoing treatment. More

ACSM Student Grant Announcement
from ACSM
In 2008, ACSM funded more than $100,000 in research. Click the More link to download the current grant application. All applications must be received by January 30, 2009. Grants available include: • Doctoral Student Research Grant • Paffenbarger-Blair Epidemiology Fund • Research Endowment • Clinical Sports Medicine Endowment • Weiss Research Fund • Other industry sponsored grants More

Exercise Reduces Periodic Leg Movements, Improves Sleep Patterns
from Medical News Today
People who experience insomnia or have sleep disruptions related to periodic leg movements (PLM) can benefit from both the immediate and long-term effects of exercise, says a study published in the January 2009 issue Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Exercise reduced PLM, often associated with restless legs syndrome (RLS), and contributed to better sleep patterns in patients who have the periodic episodes of repetitive leg movement during sleep. More

Preschoolers' Activity Declines Between Ages 3 And 5
from Medical News Today
While childhood obesity rates continue to spike, physical activity levels in preschool-aged children decline, contributing to the problem of energy balance for kids. According to research published in the January 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this shows the significant reduction in activity levels appears to occur between the ages of 3 and 4-5. More

Texas to Reconsider $6M Steroid Testing in Schools
from Associated Press via chron.com
By the tens of thousands, Texas student-athletes have been pulled out of class to urinate in a cup for the nation’s largest high school steroids testing program. More

2009's Recycled Fitness Routines Could Cause Exercise Déjà Vu
from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Out with the grapevine. In with the shimmy. Step off the step and back away from the stripper pole. Then again, don't back up too far. Everything old tends to turn new again, and some of the fitness trends that experts say will be popular in 2009 may seem a bit familiar. Chances are those Wii Fits won't wind up in Goodwill bins anytime soon. And those Billy Blanks Tae Bo DVDs could just be hot sellers at summer garage sales. Giuseppina Bartlett, the assistant director at the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatics Center in Little Rock, said that her members are asking for kickboxing again, which she says was "hot and heavy" back in the Tae Bo craze of the late 1990s. "It's kind of come back full circle," Bartlett said. More

More Than Half of Successful Dieters Lose Weight on Their Own
from Consumer Reports via The Examiner
A new survey published in the February issue of Consumer Reports reveals the secrets of successful dieters, many of whom say they lost weight themselves, without the aid of a commercial diet program, medical treatment, book, or diet pills. Their successful do-it-yourself strategies are unveiled along with tips for healthful meals on a budget in a New Year's do-it-yourself guide to diet and fitness at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. More