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In this issue:

Meet your 2010-2011 ACSM elected officers
Active Voice: Integrating Physical Activity into Early Childhood Development
Policy Corner: Childhood obesity month gets a boost
Why the National Physical Activity Plan is important for health professionals
Read the latest ACSM "Be Active Your Way" blog
Missed the Summit? Read news from the conference
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines





Meet Your 2010-2011 ACSM Elected Officers
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A message from Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, 2010-11 ACSM President-elect:

"I am honored to have been elected the 55th President of the American College of Sports Medicine. I will begin the duties of President-elect at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™, June 1-5, in Baltimore, Md., USA. I thank the members for this opportunity and will do all I can to advance the goals and mission of ACSM."

Click here to view the full election results.





Active Voice: Integrating Physical Activity into Early Childhood Development
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Active Voice is an occasional column by ACSM experts. These comments do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Dianne Ward, Ed.D., is a professor of nutrition and director of the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina. Her research focuses on the prevention of obesity and the promotion of healthy diets and physical activity through interventions implemented in schools, communities, and homes. Dr. Ward led the team that developed the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care, a policy and environmental intervention highly regarded within the public health community and used by many states for healthy weight development. She recently published a series of studies on young children and physical activity in ACSM’s official journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.


Physical activity is critical to a young child’s development. By pulling up, standing, and taking first steps, babies begin to explore their world. Through their early years, children gain movement confidence and motor skills as a foundation for their future involvement in sports, exercise, and dance. In addition, regular physical activity for children is associated with enhanced health, including obesity prevention. Unfortunately, close to 25 percent of preschool age children are classified as overweight, and many (10 percent) are actually obese. Additionally, most parents in U.S. families work outside the home, leaving children in organized childcare settings.
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Policy Corner: Childhood Obesity Month Gets a Boost
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ACSM helps pass resolution, implement strategies

September will be known as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month if ACSM-backed legislation passes as expected. A push for additional cosponsors last week brought the total for H. Res. 996 to more than 100—including more than 20 who serve on the House Energy and Commerce committee, where the bill was assigned after being introduced in December by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month aligns closely with First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. ACSM and the NAACP are coordinating a new National Council on Childhood Obesity Awareness Month as a platform for building awareness and implementing strategies to fight childhood obesity.
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Why the National Physical Activity Plan is Important for Health Professionals
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The National Physical Activity Plan is launching May 3. But why should you care about the Plan and what does it mean to you as a professional?

In short, the Plan will further a shared goal of ACSM, its partners and its members: Getting more Americans up and active. But instead of a simple “go exercise!” message, the Plan will change policy and practices to make physical activity a natural part of daily life. Enhanced physical education in schools, more fit-friendly public transportation, exercise counseling at every doctor’s office visit – all part of the National Plan, and all relevant to you as a professional who cares about the health of the American public.

Get involved by reading this quick guide to helping launch the Plan. Or, you can visit www.physicalactivityplan.org/launch for resources and background information.

ACSM originally called for the National Plan during a 2006 policy roundtable. The Plan now includes dozens of collaborating organizations and partners.



Read the Latest ACSM "Be Active Your Way" Blog
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As a collaborating partner for the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, ACSM has been afforded the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's "Be Active Your Way" blog. ACSM President Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, is the College’s primary blogger – and his latest post focuses on pregnancy and exercise. Read the blog and post comments here.


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Missed the Summit? Read News from the Conference
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The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit featured nine educational tracks and dozens of presenters – but if you missed the action in Austin, the ACSM news program has summaries of many sessions.

Just visit www.acsm.org/news to read news releases about sessions. And be sure to visit www.acsm.org/summit for additional lecture information and details on the 2011 Summit!



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.

 


Tiger Admits to Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy; What's That?
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"It's kind of expensive to pull it out plasma," said Dr. William O. Roberts, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. "The temptation of it is that you're using your own tissue, your own blood to heal your injury. But the process? I'm just not sure it's ready to go yet." More

1-Hour Daily Exercise Fights 'Fatso' Gene in Teens
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One hour of moderate to vigorous exercise a day can help teens beat the effects of a common obesity-related gene with the nickname "fatso," according to a new European study. The message for adolescents is to get moving. More
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