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Sports Medicine Bulletin
April 7, 2009  
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A Word of Thanks and Promise: From ACSM President (2010-2011) Thomas M. Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM
I have just accepted on your behalf a professional obligation and privilege that is remarkable in its scope and potential: The Presidency of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the duties of which I will assume at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. I want to thank all members of ACSM for this opportunity. Click here to view election results. More

U.S. Congressional Support Growing for Exercise is Medicine™ Legislation
Exercise is Medicine is many things. It is foremost a scientific and medical reality built on the compounding and irrefutable evidence of the importance of physical activity for health and for the prevention, treatment, and management of major chronic conditions. Exercise is Medicine also is a multi-organizational coalition. Since ACSM and the American Medical Association launched Exercise is Medicine in 2007, more than 100 organizations have become part of an alliance to make physical activity and healthy lifestyles a much more prominent part of health care in the 21st century. Further, Exercise is Medicine is becoming a Global Initiative, as leading institutions and professionals around the world are expressing interest and commitment to making Exercise is Medicine part of their national health care landscape. More

World Day for Physical Activity Celebrated Worldwide; ACSM Promotes U.S. Events
Agita Mundo’s “World Day for Physical Activity” took place yesterday, featuring more than 1,000 physical activity events in the U.S. and around the globe. ACSM partnered with CELAFISCS (Centro de Estudos do Laboratório de Aptidão Física de São Caetano do Sul), developer of the Agita Mundo Network, to introduce and promote this special day celebrating physical activity in the U.S. One of the premier events took place in Indianapolis, home to the ACSM National Center. ACSM, along with the National Institute of Fitness and Sport (NIFS), hosted a day-long World Day for Physical Activity event, with innovative fitness classes, free basic health assessments, a "passport to physical activity" for Indianapolis workers.

Pamela Peeke, M.D. Joins Exercise is Medicine™ Initiative as Spokesperson
The doctor who “walks the talk” has recently joined the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) task force and will represent EIM as a program spokesperson. Pamela Peeke, M.D., MPH is a is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, and a regular health and fitness contributor and commentator to a variety of print, broadcast and electronic media in addition to her role as medical correspondent for the Discovery Channel. Look for Dr. Peeke discussing EIM on “The Doctors” (CBS) and “The Tyra Banks Show” (WB) this month, as well as her regular column in Parade magazine. For more information on Dr. Peeke, click here.

Arrive Early to Attend Complimentary Preconferences at ACSM Annual Meeting
Network with thousands of experts from across the world at ACSM’s Annual Meeting on May 27-30 in Seattle, Washington. Register by April 17 and save!

Exceptional Preconferences
Spirit and Success in Motion:
A Celebration of Sports and Life Achievement of People with Disabilities
Presented by Sir Phillip Craven,
President of the International Paralympic Committee
Tuesday, May 26 - 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Featuring the President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, and Dr. Jim Rimmer, Director of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, the human spirit will be celebrated in this ACSM pre-conference. Elite sport for persons with a physical impairment will be the topic of the evening with Sir Philip providing his insight as both a world class athlete and holder of the highest office within the Paralympic Movement. Dr. Rimmer will be discussing the grass roots approach within the United States to get more people with a physical impairment more physically active. Sir Philip and Dr. Rimmer will be joined by ACSM President Dr. Mindy Millard-Stafford and International Paralympic Committee Sports Science Committee member Dr. Walt Thompson and a Paralympic athlete.

Networking and Advocacy for Physical Activity and Health Around the World
Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tuesday, May 26 - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Current Controversies and Questions in Sport Nutrition
Presented by Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES)
Tuesday, May 26 - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Complete Preconference Descriptions

Meeting and registration details

Reminder: ACSM/FASEB Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards Available for 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting
ACSM/FASEB Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards are meant to promote the entry of underrepresented minority students, postdoctorates and scientists into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists at the Annual Meeting. Awards are granted to abstract slide or poster presenters and faculty mentors paired with the students/trainees they mentor. The deadline for the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting is May 13, 2009. For details and grant application, visit:

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

The content expressed on external news websites does not express the opinion of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Doctors Writing Prescriptions to Exercise More Effective than Talking about Benefits
from the Press of Atlantic City
Dr. George Kichura looked at Marc Leeke and his blood tests last fall and diagnosed him with metabolic syndrome. Leeke, 50, of Ballwin, Mo., weighed 258 pounds (too heavy), had triglyceride levels near 300 (twice what they should be) and low HDL levels (that's the good cholesterol). He was also complaining of becoming tired and winded while working in his yard. Kichura, an interventional cardiologist and clinical lipidologist at St. John's Mercy Heart Hospital, worried that Leeke might also become diabetic. So he pulled out a notepad and wrote a prescription. Kichura scribbled out a detailed plan for something cheap but effective: dietary changes and a walking program that increased the number of steps Leeke was walking by 10 percent each week. More

Astronauts May Need More Intense Workouts to Maintain Muscle Fitness in Space
from Newswise
A new study in the The Journal of Applied Physiology, suggests that astronauts need to modify their workouts to avoid extensive muscle loss during missions onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The latest NASA-sponsored research from Ball State University's Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) suggests that changes are needed to optimize the inflight exercise regimen for astronauts to improve their muscle performance while in space for extended stays. More

Women Often Overlook Their Pelvic Health: Expert
from Reuters
Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises is an important yet overlooked aspect of women's health, according to Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, an expert on the topic. "Some women really never think about these muscles until they have a vaginal birth with an episiotomy that cuts through them or until they start to leak urine when they cough or sneeze as they get older," Dugan told Reuters Health. More

Can Games Like 'Wii Fit' Really Work It?
Are Wii fit yet? As a nation, we definitely are not in good shape. But 10 months after the launch of Nintendo's Wii Fit— the first hit video game marketed as an exercise tool — there are signs that, with the help of gaming systems, some of us might be making progress. More

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