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National Physical Activity Plan unveiled in Washington, D.C.
Active Voice: The Increasing Role of Technology in Teaching
Policy Corner: National Physical Activity Plan launch includes congressional briefings
NCAA names new president and CEO
Donate to the ACSM Silent Auction
Submit abstracts, view program for ACSM Integrative Physiology of Exercise conference
Register now for ACSM worksite health Webinar May 6 – CEC available
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

National Physical Activity Plan Unveiled in Washington, D.C.
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In 2006, ACSM hosted a historic roundtable that resulted in a call for a comprehensive national plan for physical activity. Those efforts came to fruition yesterday in Washington, D.C., when the first-ever National Physical Activity Plan was unveiled.

The Plan details necessary U.S. policy and lifestyle changes in eight key areas of society and now includes dozens of supporting partners and advocates. Speakers at the launch of the Plan included seven notable names: Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, who served as one of the main orchestrators of the Plan; Robin Ikeda, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Barry Ford, president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity; Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association; Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, chair of the Exercise is Medicine™ Executive Council and ACSM past President; and Katie Adamson, director of partnerships and health policy for YMCA of the USA.

Following the announcement, a Congressional briefing alerted elected officials to the Plan and its importance to public health. The briefings featured Meb Keflezighi, an American marathoner, Olympic medalist and winner of 2009 New York Marathon.

The Plan’s launch is already garnering significant media coverage, including a story in the United States’ largest newspaper, USA Today. The full National Physical Activity Plan, as well as ways you can become involved with the Plan as an ACSM member, can be found here.

Active Voice: The Increasing Role of Technology in Teaching
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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.

Brian B. Parr, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He is actively involved in ACSM’s Exercise Sciences Education Interest Group and has served as an ACSM member for more than 15 years. He is also an ACSM-certified Clinical Exercise Specialist.

If you haven’t been on a college campus for some time, you may be surprised by the significant role technology plays in the learning experience. Since faculty and employers tend to lag behind students in our use of technology, this may lead to some struggles when dealing with students and recent graduates in a professional setting.

The classroom experience has changed in several important ways since many of us were in college. Many instructors lecture using PowerPoint, often providing the slides to students before class. In some cases, students use classroom response systems to participate in lectures by answering questions and providing feedback. In the laboratory, computer-driven equipment is common and, in some cases, hands-on lab experiments have been replaced by computer simulations. As a result, many students expect technology to play a role in their classes and may expect the same in the workplace.

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Policy Corner: National Physical Activity Plan Launch Includes Congressional Briefings
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Support for the National Physical Activity Plan was prominent May 3 following a morning launch at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Representatives of dozens of partner organizations, foundations, corporations and public agencies were on hand as Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, presented the Plan as what he termed a “living document” and a panel of experts discussed its implementations. Participants delighted in a brief Instant Recess™ break to conclude the program, led by IR founder Antronette Yancey, M.D., and champion American marathon runner Meb Keflezighi. Following the launch event, Plan leaders briefed Congressional staff on the need for the National Physical Activity Plan and the role that public policy can have in ensuring that all Americans have opportunities to enjoy physical activity. More

NCAA Names New President and CEO
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ACSM congratulates the National Collegiate Athletic Association on the naming of its fifth president and CEO, Mark A. Emmert, who is currently the president of the University of Washington. Emmert will assume his duties on Nov. 1, 2010, and succeeds the late Myles Brand, who passed away in Sept. 2009.

ACSM and NCAA partner with BioCrossroads to spearhead the Datalys Center, a sports injury research and surveillance hub. ACSM will reach out to Emmert to review the partnership and discuss ways to build upon the successful working relationship between ACSM and NCAA, whose national centers are located just a few blocks apart in downtown Indianapolis.

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Donate to the ACSM Foundation Silent Auction
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Be a part of the ACSM Foundation’s Silent Auction, to be held during the ACSM Annual Meeting (June 1-5, Baltimore). By donating a product, service or cash gift to the ACSM Silent Auction, you are supporting ACSM's Foundation Research Grant Program, which awards nearly $120,000 in research funding to ACSM members every year. Many of these grant recipients are young investigators making initial contributions to sports medicine and exercise science. Click here for the donation form, or contact Silent Auction manager Stacey Holdaway at sholdaway@acsm.org or 317-352-3893. Please send forms by Tuesday, May 11, in order for your donation to be listed in the Silent Auction Flyer. All donated items are requested to the ACSM office by Tuesday, May 18.

Submit Abstracts, View Program for ACSM Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference
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Don't miss the ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise! Held Sept. 22-25 in Miami, Fla., this year’s conference will feature:
  • Integrative exercise physiology: adaptation & performance
  • Exercise metabolism: mitochondrial dynamics and substrate regulation
  • Exercise, oxidative stress and redox signaling
  • Cardiovascular control and adaptation to exercise
Interesting in presenting? Submit abstracts by July 15, or simply register as an attend on the conference Web site.

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Register Now for ACSM Worksite Health Webinar May 6 -- CEC Available
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The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM affiliate society, will host a one-hour Webinar on May 6, 2010, presented by Dr. David Anderson of StayWell Health Management. The presentation will review a range of incentive strategies, identify factors affecting their impact, and share relevant data and case studies from StayWell's book of business. The presentation will also review what is and is not known about the behavioral effects of incentives. This affordable educational program allows multiple attendees to participate under a single registration. 1.0 CEC is provided. IAWHP is the first global association dedicated to the advancement of worksite health promotion practitioners! Visit the IAWHP Web site for complete Webinar or organizational information.

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.


NCAA Praises Change of Rule for Title IX Compliance
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The NCAA praised a decision by the Department of Education on Tuesday to rescind a controversial rule allowing universities to use student surveys to comply with the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. More

Bad Habits: Poor Diet, Smoking, Drinking, Sloth Can Age You 12 Years
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Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. More
Note: An abstract of the study profiled in this article is available here.

Obesity May Raise Risk of Fibromyalgia
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Overweight and obese women -- especially those who do not exercise at all or exercise for less than an hour a week -- are at higher risk for developing the widespread pain disorder fibromyalgia, according to new research in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research. More
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