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Active Voice: HIIT the Heart – Short-Term HIIT Improves Cardiac Autonomic Function
ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Kicks off Today in Phoenix, Ariz.
Celebrate Physical Activity this Week
New ESSR Issue Online
Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award Accepting Applications
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


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Active Voice: HIIT the Heart — Short-Term HIIT Improves Cardiac Autonomic Function
By Antti M. Kiviniemi, Ph.D. and Kari K. Kalliokoski, Ph.D.

Kari K. Kalliokoski, Ph.D.

Antti M. Kiviniemi, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Antti Kiviniemi, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist engaged in studying cardiovascular autonomic regulation, with a specific emphasis on exercise training and risk stratification. Dr. Kiviniemi is senior researcher at department of exercise and medical physiology, verve research and adjunct professor at Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oulu in Oulu, Finland.

Kari Kalliokoski, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist specialized in the study of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses to acute exercise and exercise training. Dr. Kalliokoski currently holds positions as an academy research fellow at the Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and as an adjunct professor at the Universities of Turku and Jyväskylä, Finland.

This commentary presents Drs. Kiviniemi’s and Kalliokoski’s views on the topic related to a research article they authored with their colleagues and which appears in the October 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

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ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Kicks off Today in Phoenix, Ariz.
The 19th Annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition is currently underway in Phoenix! Even if you aren't attending, follow along on social media for live updates on presentations, photos, research, sessions, workshops and more. Follow the American College of Sports Medicine on Facebook, @ACSMNews on Twitter and acsm1954 on Instagram. Online registration for the event is closed, but on-site registration is available in the West Ballroom 301AD Foyer of the Phoenix Convention Center. Check the April 7 issue of SMB for Summit highlights.
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Celebrate Physical Activity this Week
This week, help recognize two important initiatives by being physically active!

April 2: National Walking Day

National Walking Day is the American Heart Association's nationwide call to action for Americans to become more physically active. Take the next step toward better health and join thousands of people as they wear their sneakers to work or school on Thursday, April 2. Learn more from the American Heart Association.

April 6: World Day for Physical Activity

What are you doing to celebrate World Physical Activity Day? Next Monday, April 6, is your opportunity to walk, bike or run to help create a healthier life for you and the global community. This year's World Physical Activity Day carries the theme Physical Activity— A Golden Goal for Health.

ACSM and other proponents of World Physical Activity Day and initiatives such as Every Body Walk!, Designed to Move, the National Physical Activity Plan, ActivEarth and Exercise is Medicine® note that, in addition to improved individual health and quality of life, physical activity and exercise bring numerous cobenefits such as health care cost savings, reduced environmental impact and better academic achievement. The U.S. federal physical activity guidelines call for 60 minutes per day, most days of the week, for children and 30 minutes daily for adults.

World Physical Activity Day began in 2002, when the World Health Organization designated promotion of physical activity as a theme for World Health Day, inspired by the Brazilian movement Agita São Paulo. Supporters are encouraged to organize local events, like walking parades and other inclusive fitness opportunities.

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New ESSR Issue Online
Can't wait for the hard copy issue? Then read the April 2015 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews online now! Articles featured in this issue include:
  • Commentary: “The Critical Power Framework Provides Novel Insights Into Fatigue Mechanisms” by David C. Poole and Thomas J. Barstow
  • "Multidimensional Physical Activity: An Opportunity, Not a Problem” by Dylan Thompson, Oliver Peacock, Max Western, and Alan M. Batterham
  • "Skeletal Muscle Fatigue and Decreased Efficiency: Two Sides of the Same Coin?" by Bruno Grassi, Harry B. Rossiter, and Jerzy A. Zoladz
*Access to the journal varies by member type. ACSM professional members must log in at the ACSM website and then click on the "Access My Journals" link.

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Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award Accepting Applications
ACSM's Project Play partner, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award, which celebrates individuals, organizations and teams that make their communities healthier through sport. The RWJF Sports Award recognizes the ways in which sports influence healthy change in communities by helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, encouraging positive behaviors, eliminating bullying, abuse and violence, and expanding opportunities for children living in poverty.

Those eligible to apply are making communities healthier through sport in the following three categories: Category 1 – A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in North America; Category 2 – An individual athlete or professional coach's foundation based in North America; Category 3 – An organization in North America that is an influential leader and model for others. The application for the 2015 award can be found at ACSM’s Project Play partner, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award which celebrates individuals, organizations and teams that make their communities healthier through sport. The RWJF Sports Award recognizes the ways in which sports influence healthy change in communities by helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, encouraging positive behaviors, eliminating bullying, abuse and violence, and expanding opportunities for children living in poverty.

Those eligible to apply are making communities healthier through sport in the following three categories: Category 1 – A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in North America; Category 2 – An individual athlete or professional coach’s foundation based in North America; Category 3 – An organization in North America that is an influential leader and model for others. The application for the 2015 award can be found at www.rwjf.org/sportsaward/apply.

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HEADLINES

ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


How Young is too Young to Run?
U.S. News & World Report
Quotes ACSM Fellow, Dr. Andrew Gregory.

Nicholas Sullivan ran his first race at age 7. It was only a mile, and it wasn't enough for the now fourth-grader in Little Silver, New Jersey. "He just kept saying he wanted to run more, he wanted to run the 5K, 5K, 5K," says Nicholas' dad, Bob Sullivan, a former professional tennis player who now coaches.

So Nicholas spent the summer running with his parents, slowly building up from 1 mile to 3 miles, one half-mile at a time. By the fall, at age 8, he tackled the 5K, clocking in at an impressive 28 minutes. The next year, at age 9, he ran it in 22 minutes. This past fall, at age 10, Nicholas crossed the finish line in under 20 minutes. "Over the last three years, he's gotten to be very good – like off the charts good," Sullivan says.

So good, in fact, that other parents in his neighborhood have suggested he try out for the junior Olympics. That's when Sullivan pulled the breaks.

"As a coach, it's easy for me to want to become overly structured with anything," says Sullivan, who's run 31 marathons. "But given [Nicholas'] age, I've been the exact opposite. All I've been trying to do is keep it fun – fun, fun, fun."

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The ENRICH Act Will Provide Better Tools to Fight Obesity Epidemic
The Hill
By now, most of us know the statistic by heart: two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. This presents enormous costs for the affected individuals, including increased incidence of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic metabolic diseases; diminished quality of life; and curtailed life spans. But it also affects Americans who are not overweight: healthcare for obesity and its related conditions costs some $210 billion to our society annually.

Although 2 in 3 Americans are overweight or obese, only 1 in 8 patients visiting doctors receives counseling on the benefits of a healthy diet. Those numbers simply don't add up.

Medical providers' lack of training in exercise and nutrition topics seems to be one major culprit. Fewer than 25 percent of physicians feel that they received adequate training to be able to counsel their patients on making lifestyle changes. In part, that's because fewer than 30 percent of medical schools meet the minimum number of hours of education in nutrition and exercise science recommended by the National Academy of Sciences in 1985.

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