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Active Voice: First Large-Scale Pedometer Norms for Youth – Importance & Applications
Register for ACSM Health & Fitness Summit by Jan. 23 to Save
Policy Corner: ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 12-13
Abstracts For ICAMPAM Due Feb. 1
New $20,000 Grant Available; Aps Due Mar. 8
Call for Applications and Nominations for Editor-In-Chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: First Large-Scale Pedometer Norms for Youth — Importance & Applications
By Cora Lynn Craig, M.Sc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Professor Cora Lynn Craig is a scientist emeritus with the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada, and honorary pProfessor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Specialized in statistics and survey methodology, her research focuses on physical activity epidemiology, with an interest in the public health implications of population levels of physical activity among adults and youth.

This commentary presents Professor Craig’s views on the topic of a related research article which she and her colleagues published in the January 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®

Given the evidence of the health benefits of physical activity among children, guidelines and strategies to increase physical activity are being adopted worldwide. Understanding just how active children are has been difficult as parental reports of activity are blurred by general recall issues and estimating their child’s activity pattern, which may be characterized by short intermittent bursts of activity. The use of pedometers to determine physical activity of children and adolescents is growing more and more commonplace in both research and practice.
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Register for ACSM Health & Fitness Summit by Jan. 23 to Save
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Are you a professional or student with a background in any health and fitness setting who wants to inspire the life and well-being of others? If so, this conference is for you. We have enhanced the programming in each of our 11 tracks to include the most credible information and important hot topics. We bridge the gap between science and practical application so you know you are getting a gold-standard education and information about the hottest topics in fitness. You won’t have to worry about finding enough sessions to attend! We have something for everyone in a variety of tracks, everything from behavior change and alternative health and wellness to top-notch, high-energy workouts.

Register by January 23 to receive the discounted rate. More information is available at www.acsmsummit.org.


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Policy Corner: ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 12-13
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Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its first Capitol Hill Day March 12-13. Members who want to urge the new Congress to enact physical activity guidelines legislation are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 12) and visits with Members of Congress and staff (March 13).

Those living near Washington, DC, in particular, will want to apply for one of 25 positions for ACSM member/advocates. While the College cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of helping establish a regular cycle for renewal of federal PA guidelines, like nutritional guidelines. Capitol Hill Day also presents the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff, as well as the sports celebrities who will be part of the day’s ongoing demonstrations and news conference.

This year, for the first time, ACSM will team with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (formerly Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association), to enhance SFIA’s highly successful annual Capitol Hill Day. ACSM is a founding sponsor of SFIA’s PHIT America Alliance, aimed at creating a movement for a healthy and fit America.

For more information contact Monte Ward, ACSM’s vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.


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Deadline Approaching: Abstracts for ICAMPAM 2013 Conference Due Feb. 1
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Don’t forget abstracts are due on February 1 for the ICAMPAM 2013 AMHERST 3rd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement. Conference themes include Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep Measurement.

ICAMPAM 2013 Information
When: June 17-19, 2013
Where: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

On the Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst

To submit an abstract or register, please visit www.umass.edu/sphhs/icampam2013.html.


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New $20,000 Grant Available; Aps Due Mar. 8
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We're pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine – the launch of the AMSSM Foundation-ACSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant Award.

Proposals are now being accepted and are due by March 8, 2013. The maximum total grant is $20,000, awarded for a single research grant application for a time period of a two-year grant cycle period.

The purpose of the AMSSMF-ACSMF Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of AMSSM and ACSM. The AMSSMF-ACSMF Clinical Research Grant Award Review Committee (CGRC) seeks research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. This would include proposals to study clinical practice, injury prevention and rehabilitation, basic science, epidemiology and education.

Proposals must be led by a physician who is a member of both AMSSM and ACSM.

Application information is available on the AMSSM website under the Research tab on the drop down titled Research Grants. If questions, contact AMSSM Research Committee Chair Suzanne Hecht, MD, at Suzanne.hecht@gmail.com or Jody Gold at office@amssm.org.

We'd like to thank AMSSM, ACSM and their respective Foundations' leadership as well as the following organizational representatives for making this grant possible:

AMSSM Reps
Andy Peterson, MD
David Berkoff, MD

ACSM Reps
Jim Borchers, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH
Steven Stovitz, MD

Regards,

Jonathan A. Drezner, MD,2012-13 AMSSM President
William W. Dexter, MD, 2013-14 ACSM President
Suzanne Hecht, MD, AMSSM Research Committee Chair
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Call for Applications and Nominations for Editor-In-Chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
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The ACSM Publications Committee invites applications and nominations for editor-in-chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, a quarterly publication that features research perspectives in exercise and sport science from ACSM. The editor-in-chief will serve a four year term from 2014 to 2017, with the option of serving a second term. Interim Editor-in-Chief Roger Enoka, Ph.D., will complete his term in December 2013. The incoming editor-in-chief will work with Dr. Enoka and ACSM staff for six months to prepare for and transition into the role. Candidates are required to complete a short questionnaire and submit a CV by February 28, 2013. For more information or to request a questionnaire, contact Managing Editor Angie Chastain at achastain@acsm.org.


Exercise and Science Headlines


Training: You Can Get Rid of Those Wacky Workplace Habits
The News-Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to be healthy? You might need to quit your job. Whoa, whoa ... just kidding. But the average American’s daily routine at work requires hours of sitting at a computer, stress from dealing with co-workers, bosses and deadlines as well as hundreds of processed calories brought in by sales reps and so on. How many times do you decide to run to the fast-food joint because you don’t have time for anything else? How many times does someone bring in doughnuts or cake or cookies? Here are a few tips to help prevent the devastation the workplace can bestow upon our bodies. More

Exercise in Short Bursts Is Effective
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New Year's resolutions to reduce body weight and increase exercise could be achieved in increments of activity lasting less than 10 minutes, a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests. Current U.S. guidelines recommend Americans get 150 minutes of physical activity a week, with the activity accumulated in bouts of at least 10 minutes.

From 2008 to 2010, Boston researchers assessed the physical activity of 2,109 men and women enrolled in a larger, long-running study of cardiovascular risk factors. Subjects were 47 years old on average and more than half were overweight. Activity levels were analyzed by wearing accelerometers for eight days.
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