Sports Medicine Bulletin
May 10, 2011

Active Voice: Exercise is Medicine® - A Call to Arms for Exercise Professionals
By Anne Graves, M.S. and Tom Spring, M.S.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Anne Graves, M.S., ACSM HFS, is director of health initiatives and partnerships for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Her background includes wellness center management, clinical pediatric weight management, community-based weight management and diabetes prevention. Tom Spring, M.S., ACSM HFS/CES, is program manager of corporate and community health promotion with the Beaumont Health Care System in Detroit. He has faculty affiliations with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Detroit. His experience includes weight management, fitness training and corporate health promotion. The topic of this commentary relates to a program session presented by these authors at ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition last month in Anaheim, CA.

Overwhelming evidence continues to surface demonstrating exceptional benefits of physical activity and lifestyle modification in the prevention and management of chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular, metabolic and pulmonary diseases. For all members of our communities – young, old and in-between – it is critical that we increase efforts to emphasize physical fitness and health awareness through all available avenues. Unfortunately, patients consistently underestimate the detrimental effects of sedentary lifestyles and their risks for chronic disease. Physicians and allied health providers are in unique positions to influence behaviors, which must include evaluation of current activity habits and recommendations for increasing physical activity. More

President's Council Honors Two ACSM Members with Lifetime Achievement Award

In celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which coincides with Exercise is Medicine Month this May, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) has selected its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. ACSM Fellow James F. Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and ACSM member Judith C. Young, Ph.D. will be among the five winners honored with the award today.

The PCFSN Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition-related programs nationwide. Winners are chosen by the members of the President's Council based on the span and scope of the individual's career, the estimated number of lives they have touched and the impact of their legacy.

Other 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winners are Sihak Henry Cho, William McNamara and Robert “Bobby” Dodd, Ph.D. More

Policy Corner: Poll Shows Americans Strongly Back Health Research

With American opinion fractured on many issues, a recent poll reveals strong support for a vigorous agenda of research across the spectrum of basic science, clinical medicine and public health. Research!America, of which ACSM is a member organization, recently surveyed a representative sampling of the nation's demographics, including geography, gender and ethnicity.

Highlights:

Research!America also has launched Your Congress-Your Health, a non-partisan constituent education initiative that asks members of the 112th Congress to share their positions on research and related issues. More

Be a Media Advocate for EIM Month

Although Exercise is Medicine® Month is now in full swing, you can still take action to improve health in your local community. Informing the public about the need for higher levels of physical activity and greater doctor/patient interaction on exercise is as easy as sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, TV station or radio program.

Contacting the media is easy with this ready-made letter to the editor; simply add your name and title (and feel free to add a bit about how you’re incorporating EIM into your professional and personal life), and send away.

Find more resources, tools and testimonials for Exercise is Medicine Month online. More

International Paralympic Committee Calls for Research Applications

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is now accepting research applications for projects conducted at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Games will be held Aug. 29 – Sept. 9, 2012, and applications are due Sept. 1, 2011.

Interested researchers can find details on the IPC website. All research must comply with internationally recognized ethical standards and research practices, and the application must include ethical consent as received from the principal investigator institute. Email Peter Van de Vliet, medical and scientific director, for more information at peter.vandevliet@paralympic.org.More

For Older Adults, Fitness is Freedom, Experts Say
Reuters
As 70 million-plus baby boomers roll relentlessly into their retirement years, experts say for those 65 and over staying active and fit can spell the difference between independence and frailty.

"It's all about moving." said Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist and spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine. "The phrase 'use it or lose it' works here."

There is no physiological reason we lose significant muscle mass, strength and mobility as we age, Pire said, other than that we tend to move less. More

Study: High-Protein Diet May Improve Athletes' Endurance
Bend Bulletin
Carbohydrates have typically been the go-to food for endurance athletes. But a new report published in the American College of Sports Medicine's scientific journal said adding protein to the diet during and after training was found to improve athletes' endurance performance slightly and to reduce some stress associated with high-intensity training, such as fatigue.More

What May Be Best for Controlling Diabetics' Blood Sugar? Sustained, Structured Exercise
Los Angeles Times
Exercise is beneficial for diabetics, but some questions remain -- how much exercise is needed, and what kind? A study finds that structured exercise programs lasting 150 minutes or more a week may be best for those with type 2 diabetes.

The meta-analysis released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. examined 47 randomized clinical trials that included 8,538 patients and lasted at least 12 weeks. Of those studies, 23 focused on structured exercise training and 24 looked at physical activity advice, and all assessed how much the programs lowered hemoglobin A1c levels, a test used to evaluate blood sugar control over several months. More