Sports Medicine Bulletin
May 5, 2009

ACSM Joins Strategic Obesity Alliance Alongside Other Top Health Organizations

The American College of Sports Medicine has formed yet another strategic partnership that advances the mission of making physical activity and health greater priority in the United States. ACSM is now a member of Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurance and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity. By joining STOP, ACSM collaborates with a Steering Committee that includes 17th U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, M.D.; the American Diabetes Association; the American Heart Association; American Medical Group Association; and numerous others. In its role as an Associate Member, ACSM will participate in efforts to remove the barriers preventing greater national progress on managing and preventing the obesity epidemic. To view the full press release announcing all of the new Associate Members, please click here. More

ACSM Hosts Historic National Plan for Physical Activity Coordinating Committee Meeting

Late last week, the coordinating committee for The National Plan for Physical Activity met at the ACSM National Center in Indianapolis to discuss progress and activation prior to the National Plan Conference. The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Westin City Center July 1-2, 2009. Registration for the conference is now open. ACSM originally called for the development of a national plan to address physical activity in American health policy in 2006, and has been instrumental in the planís progress. To learn more about this call-to-action and The National Plan for Physical Activity, click here. More

Enhanced Literature Review Service from ACSM

ACSM members, youíve told us that two of your biggest challenges are staying up-to-date with current literature and reducing information overload. ACSM InfoSearch is a literature update service designed to address both of those challenges and serve you better in your ACSM membership. More

2010 ACSM Annual Meeting Session Proposal Site Opens May 8th Deadline - June 22, 2009

Plans are well underway for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting scheduled for June 2-5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Program Committee is taking session proposals via the on-line submission site. The site is scheduled to open Friday, May 8, 2009, with a June 22, 2009 deadline. Visit the ACSM Website for the submission link. Donít miss this great opportunity to present at ACSMís 2010 Annual Meeting.    Product Showcase:   See the Actical Monitoring System at booth 801 at ACSM Tired of the expense and limited data collection ability of standard energy expenditure methods? Our noninvasive Actical wireless monitor provides continuous, reliable and quality data on physical activity, caloric expenditure, and step count over time. Youíll get 24-7 data logging, providing you with a more complete picture of activity intensity. Learn more Pollock, Horvath Award Winners Announced Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship Award, Daniel P. Credeur and Nathan Jenkins, and the winners of the first-ever Steven M. Horvath Travel Award, Cherie R. Rooks and Anna K. Leal. More

Be Active Your Way! Participate in the 2009 National Presidentís Challenge

Tune into The Sports Medicine and Fitness Show Tuesdays, 1 p.m. (EST) Be sure to tune into HealthRadio for The Sports Medicine and Fitness Show every Tuesday to hear ACSM experts weigh in on a broad range of sports medicine and exercise science topics, from physical activity to injury rehabilitation to weight loss. This week: Topics: Educating Medical Students for our Future Bringing Physical Activity Awareness to our Students, Exercise is Medicine on Campus Program and more! Guest: James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM Missed a show? Listen to archived shows here. More

Sedentary Behavior: Do Causes Differ in Older Women and Men?
from ScienceDirect
Research by Rudy Valentine and colleagues at the University of Illinois has identified factors that may help explain reasons for physical inactivity among free-living older men vs. women Ė namely, fatigue, obesity, inflammation, and depression. More

Quick Pulse Before Exercise Linked to Death Risk
from Medpage Today
Heart rate changes in anticipation of exercise may predict sudden death cardiac risk, researchers said. More

Dramatic Growth In Cancer Rates Among U.S. Elderly, Minorities Predicted
from Science Daily
Over the next 20 years, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed annually in the United States will increase by 45 percent, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030, with a dramatic spike in incidence predicted in the elderly and minority populations, according to research from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. More