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Jan. 29, 2009  
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ACSM and Past-President Dr. Russell Pate Set Stage for The National Plan for Physical Activity

The National Plan for Physical Activity poses this question: What would it be like if everyone in the United States came together to make physical activity a part of life? Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and coordinating committee member for the National Plan, says he has every confidence it will happen, and when it does, public health will be improved in ways we can now only imagine. More

ACSM and NSF International to Launch Accreditation Program for Health/Fitness Facilities

ACSM and NSF International – a World Health Organization Collaborating Center – will launch a historic accreditation program for health and fitness facilities in 2009. This initiative has brought together all segments of the health club industry, from the commercial side as well as the not-for-profit. NSF is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in establishing standards for products and services, and then creating quality and safety accreditation programs based on those standards. The partnership of ACSM and NSF brings together two internationally noted organizations to promote the health and safety of people as they engage in exercise and sports in health and fitness facilities, homes and other settings. Exercise is Medicine will play a key role in the accreditation program. More

May 2009 to Mark Exercise is Medicine Month

The month of May will again be celebrated as Exercise is Medicine™ month, and we need you to get involved! Last year, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Nevada, Texas and many more states and cities officially recognized Exercise is Medicine month, and ACSM is planning a number of initiatives to advance the promotion of physical activity.

Toolkits with resources and information for physicians, fitness professionals, schools, worksites, insurance companies and the public are now available by clicking here. Spread the word in your community and download these resources to help these audiences prescribe, customize or personalize a physical activity program.

Tell us what you’re doing to be recognized on “Exercise is Medicine” materials and by ACSM.

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ACSM and NIH Announce Two Co-sponsored Conferences

ACSM will again co-sponsor a conference with the National Institutes for Health (NIH) in July, titled Objective Measurement of Physical Activity Conference: Best Practices and Future Directions. The Conference is organized around identifying the “whats” and the “hows” of objective monitoring of physical activity. Assessment of physical activity using objective monitors has become increasingly accepted in surveillance, observational, and intervention research. Recent advances in the technology of wearable devices to assess physical activity permit researchers to assess over prolonged periods of time body motion, physiological responses to physical activity, and environmental context. However, there is a lack of consensus on standard methods of conducting activity monitor calibration research and interpreting activity monitor data. Chaired by Patty Freedson, Ph.D., FACSM, this invitation-only conference includes many ACSM expert members. More

An Exceptional Experience - Attend Annual Meeting 2009

NiCole Keith, Ph.D. FACSM reflects on some of her past experiences in this video promo.



Announcing the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM Affiliate Society

IAWHP is the first global association dedicated to the advancement of worksite health promotion practitioners. As an IAWHP member, you gain access to essential resources, a vibrant community and exceptional learning opportunities vital to your professional development and your employer’s success. By giving you access to a network of peers and 24/7 online resources, you have the tools you need to be more effective and productive without putting a strain on your limited resources. Visit the IAWHP Web site to see how this affordable membership is the best investment for you and your organization.
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2009 ACSM Research Awards

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine awards individuals who have excelled in health-related research. Please pass this on to anyone that may be interested. The award winner will receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting, complimentary hotel accommodations for three nights (at the conference hotel rate), meals for 4 days (not to exceed $55/day), and the lowest available advance round-trip airfare from your home city to Seattle, WA.

Please note that applications must be submitted to education@acsm.org on or before March 2, 2009, midnight Pacific time. We strongly encourage you to apply for all awards for which you are eligible. Please download the award applications below for more details. Should you have any questions, please contact education@acsm.org. More


Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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A Checklist to Follow Before Signing Up for a Gym Membership
from The Seattle Times
It's that time of year — you start to think about getting into shape, and joining a gym seems like a good place to start. Before you rush to join one, here are a few tips to keep you from losing more than you bargained for. According to the American College of Sports Medicine you should also consider the following:
- Will staff members modify the programs to meet your needs?
- Are there programs to address medical conditions (weight loss, diabetes, hypertension, smoking cessation, etc.)?
- Does the facility offer programs for the age group in which you are interested (i.e., elderly, adolescents, children)?
- Are there fitness assessments and personalized exercise programs?
- Does it offer classes in aerobics, spinning, martial arts, strength training, yoga and Pilates?
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Pedometers Proven to Increase Exercise
from About.com
Does wearing a pedometer really help people to get more exercise each day? Research says they do. Women with pedometers and a goal of 10,000 steps per day walked more than those whose goal was a brisk, 30-minute walk, according to research published in the April, 2005 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. More

Dynamic Stretching
from Yale Daily News
Static stretches — stretching exercises that elongate the muscles, performed while the body is at rest — are likely not beneficial to a warm-up routine at all and could actually be dangerous, according to the research headed by scientists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The study, which the New York Times featured in a recent article entitled “Stretching: The Truth”, instructed participants to perform static hamstring and quadriceps stretches and then measured their muscles’ power output. The results showed static stretching produces less-than-desirable results: In fact, less force was generated from leg muscles after a static stretching regime than from muscles that were not stretched at all. More




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