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In this issue:

Active Voice: Metabolic Syndrome and Walking – From Kids to Young Adults
Pre-Register for ACSM Health & Fitness Summit by February 20
Policy Corner: Encourage the President to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in the State of the Union
New $20,000 Grant Available; Aps Due Mar. 8
Showcase your Graduate or Undergraduate Program in the 2013 ACSM Profiles in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Metabolic Syndrome and Walking — From Kids to Young Adults
By Andrew W. Gardner, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Gardner is a professor who holds the Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Aging Research in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. His training is in clinical exercise physiology, emphasizing the cardiovascular benefits of exercise and physical activity in vascular disease and at-risk populations. Dr. Gardner’s primary research program centers on exercise rehabilitation of peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients, exercise physiology issues as they relate to both PAD and healthy aging, and the roles of community-based daily ambulatory activity and body composition on vascular function in youth.

This commentary presents Dr. Gardner’s views associated with a related research report that he and his colleagues presented in the January 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

Metabolic syndrome links insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, and hypertension, and is clinically significant because it increases the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Studying metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents is a relatively new phenomenon, primarily due to the explosive rise of obesity in the United States in the general population, particularly in youth. The International Diabetes Federation recently recommended definitions for each component of metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents, consisting of having abdominal obesity plus at least two of the other four components. Since abdominal obesity is the hallmark measure of metabolic syndrome, increased physical activity is a cost-efficient, practical method to reduce visceral fat.

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Pre-Register for ACSM Summit by February 20

ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition bridges the gap between the science of sports medicine and the practice of a fitness professional. Join us for the 2013 Summit March 12-15 at the Paris Las Vegas for new programming, keynote speakers, the hottest workouts and CECs that will engage and motivate you to make a positive change in your clients’ lives. ACSM Certified Professionals can earn up to one-half of their required CECs by attending this conference.

Pre-register for the Summit by February 20 at www.acsmsummit.org. Daily rates and group discounts are available.

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Policy Corner: Encourage the President to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in the State of the Union

This evening, President Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address. We would like to encourage the President to make a statement during his State of the Union address on the importance of healthy lifestyles, exercise and physical activity.

Please take a moment to send a letter to the President urging him to include a statement in the State of the Union address in support of healthy lifestyles. You may contact him through the following link.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mward@acsm.org.

Thank you,

Monte N. Ward
Vice President, Government Relations
American College of Sports Medicine

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New $20,000 Grant Available; Aps Due Mar. 8

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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Showcase your Graduate or Undergraduate Program in the 2013 ACSM Profiles in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science

The 2013 ACSM Profiles in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science is a guide to graduate and undergraduate programs in sports medicine & exercise science across the country. In addition, it includes helpful advice from professors and students. A print copy of this piece is distributed to the 5000+ attendees yearly at the ACSM Annual Meeting. The piece is available electronically on the ACSM website. View the 2012 edition.

And, to showcase your graduate or undergraduate program in the 2013 edition that will be distributed at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, contact Taron Butler at taron.butler@wolterskluwer.com or 800-645-3658 by March 15, 2013. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your program to an international audience!

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


Family Fitness Challenge
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Overdoing It On Exercise
Chicago Tribune
Exercise is something most people don't get enough of. But for some dedicated fitness enthusiasts, working out can turn addictive.

Though there's no formal diagnosis, therapists consider compulsive exercise a behavioral disorder, one that can cause lasting physical harm or interfere with daily life. Excessive exercising is difficult to identify and treat because it's easily rationalized as a healthy behavior. The symptoms, however, are the opposite of what an athlete strives for: increased fatigue, injury, irritability and problems with work and relationships.

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