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Survey: ACSM physicians, fitness pros agree on importance of EIM
Find all Olympics news at ACSM Resource Center
Policy Corner: First Lady combats childhood obesity
ACSM concentrates on health disparities during Black History Month
U.K. physicians learn how to integrate EIM into clinical practices
ACSM Foundation offers scholarship, travel awards
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines



Survey: ACSM Physicians, Fitness Pros Agree on Importance of Exercise is Medicine
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A recent ACSM survey proved supportive of the principles of the Exercise is Medicine™ program: physical activity counseling and referrals are necessary.

Among the most important findings of the survey of nearly 1,900 ACSM member physicians and certified professionals:

  • Nearly all physicians (99.2 percent) agreed it was their responsibility to counsel patients on physical activity; however, less than a quarter currently provide this counseling.
  • Nearly all fitness professionals (97 percent) feel it is their responsibility to provide counseling on physical activity to their clients with chronic health conditions.
The survey findings underscore the need for the Exercise is Medicine program, in order to heighten physical activity awareness among patients and better connect health care providers and fitness professionals.

Full survey results are available here. In the coming months, the survey will be extended to a larger sample of non-ACSM physicians and fitness professionals.





Find all Olympics News at ACSM Resource Center
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Your one-stop shop for the Olympics and Paralympics: the ACSM Resource Center! The Resource Center is now live with up-to-the-minute news on all the happenings in Vancouver. Find medal counts, athlete biographies, team reports and more. And, during the week of Feb. 8, expert sports medicine and exercise science commentaries will be added!

Have a commentary you’d like to submit on the Olympics or Paralympics? Just e-mail winterolympics@acsm.org. The combination of news and expert insights makes the ACSM Resource Center your comprehensive source on the Winter Games. Bookmark the site, and visit often!





Policy Corner: First Lady Says Combating Childhood Obesity will be Her Focus in 2010
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ACSM working with elected officials to propose "Childhood Obesity Awareness Month"

On Jan.14, 2010, in an interview that informally marked the beginning of her second year in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama declared her intent to lead the administration’s efforts to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity. And during last Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama acknowledged his wife’s plan to create a national movement to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity and make kids healthier. Through advocacy and outreach to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government officials, Michelle Obama personally hopes to nurture a generation of healthier children, which is why leadership from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is working with the Administration and Congress on this issue.
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ACSM Concentrates on Health Disparities during Black History Month
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Recognizing the need for greater health promotion among minorities, ACSM is working to negate these disparities during Black History Month – and every month. The College has recently held meetings with the U.S. Office of Minority Health and the Health Disparities Coalition to offer assistance in bringing the benefits of physical activity to all people. These efforts will continue long after the month of February, in order to lessen the gap in physical activity levels by population.

Advocating on behalf of these causes can have lasting impact on the health of the United States. Interested in becoming involved? Sign up to become a member/advocate or Key Contact for ACSM.



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U.K. Physicians Learn How to Integrate EIM into Clinical Practices
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During the past few months, the Exercise is Medicine™ message has spread to multiple countries and continents around the globe. Now, another region has been added to the list: the United Kingdom.

On Jan. 20 and 21, U.K. clinicians with specialties in sports and exercise medicine were trained on introducing physical activity counseling into their practices. Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, chair of the Exercise is Medicine Task Force, Steve Jonas, M.D., M.P.H., co-author of the "ACSM's Exercise is Medicine" book, and Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., vice president of Exercise is Medicine, presented to the group during a two-day seminar. Of 28 sports and exercise medicine registrars (doctors with advanced training in a specialized field) in the U.K., 22 attended the seminar.

The increasing globalization of the program will culminate during the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, to be held in conjunction with ACSM's Annual Meeting (June 1-5, Baltimore). Click here for details on what the meeting will have in store.





ACSM Foundation Offers Scholarship, Travel Awards
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Students, apply for two awards offered through the ACSM Foundation!

The Steven M. Horvath Travel Award is offered in memory of Steven M. Horvath, FACSM. The ACSM Foundation will award two $500 scholarships to aid two underrepresented minority graduate students to present their scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The awards will be based upon their research projects submitted for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting. Click here to download the Horvath application and read the requirements. Submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Monday, April 12, 2010.

The Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship Award is offered in memory of Michael L. Pollock, ACSM's 26th President. The ACSM Foundation will award two $200 scholarships to graduate students who will present research projects at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The awards will be based on the two best research projects, focused in the areas of health & fitness and/or clinical exercise physiology. The research will be evaluated by a committee of four ACSM Fellows who worked extensively with Dr. Pollock during his career, including two Past Presidents. Click here to download the Pollock application and read the requirements. Submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Friday, April 2, 2010.



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Exercise and Science Headlines



Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


States Taking the Lead Addressing Concussions
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As dozens of state lawmakers consider legislation to improve awareness and treatment of concussions in youth sports, the movement is resembling a music style or weather pattern: what started in the Pacific Northwest is wafting across the United States. More


Running Shoes Changed How Humans Run
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When you strap on a typical running shoe, you may be fighting evolution. Modern-day running shoes have changed the way people run, altering our gait from that of barefoot running - the manner by which people ran for thousands of years before the arrival of the cushioned shoes found on store shelves today - a new study suggests. More


Get Ready for the Ouchlympics
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When you set aside the carefully honed image of wholesomeness, there's one undeniable fact about the Winter Olympics. It's really dangerous. From speedskating and hockey to bobsled, 10 of the 15 events at next month's Winter Games in Vancouver will require participants to wear helmets, which is double the number in the Summer games. More


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