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Miss the Annual Meeting? Access the Research Online
Washington, DC, Reclaims Top Spot on Annual Fit City Index
June 20 Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting/World Congresses
ACSM, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Announce Partnership to Expand Initiatives that Promote
  Better Fitness and Nutrition Among Families
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Miss the Annual Meeting? Access the Research Online

Attendees are still sharing praise about the 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease. The meeting was a great success and plans are already underway to make the 2015 Annual Meeting and World Congress events another great opportunity for education, engagement, remarkable special events and featured speakers. Even if you weren't able to join ACSM in Orlando, Florida, last week, you don't have to miss out on the science and clinical presentations. Visit our online program planner to search for abstracts and symposium titles.
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Washington, DC, Reclaims Top Spot on Annual Fit City Index

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), with support from the WellPoint Foundation, unveiled its seventh annual American Fitness Index™ (AFI) data report last week during the ACSM Annual Meeting. The 2014 AFI data report, "Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas," reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions and community resources and policies that support physical activity.

Recapturing the top ranking is the Washington, D.C, bumping Minneapolis-St. Paul to second place and ending the Twin Cities' three-year run at the top. Washington metro area achieved a score of 77.3 (out of 100 possible points), down slightly from its previous score of 77.7 on the 2013 AFI data report.

New variables have been added or modified to create the 2014 data report, including each community's Walk Score®. Benchmarks for each data indicator, added in 2013, highlight specific areas for improvement. Visit www.americanfitnessindex.org to view the full report.

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June 20 Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting/World Congresses

Don't miss the session proposal deadline for the 62nd ACSM Annual Meeting, 6th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue, which will be held May 26-30, 2015, in San Diego, California. Proposals may be submitted online and are due by 11:50 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 20.
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ACSM and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Announce Partnership to Expand Initiatives that Promote Better Fitness and Nutrition Among Families

Last week, an iconic Olympic heroine joined forces with the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world with a shared vision to transform the health of families and communities. Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) made the announcement at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee is one of the most decorated Olympians in history. Since her retirement, she has been a passionate advocate for healthy living in her hometown of East St. Louis. Working with public schools, community partners and corporate sponsors, Joyner-Kersee’s influence and hands-on work have made a positive difference in her hometown. Now it’s time to take the dream further.

"The impact Jackie is having in her community has been exemplary," said ACSM President William Dexter, M.D. "We look forward to helping her expand this program across the country by providing our organizational resources and evidenced-based research that will help fuel her efforts. At the end of the day, our goal is the same: raise the quality of life for underserved families through nutrition and physical fitness."

The new partners used the ACSM Annual Meeting as the official kick-off for their working relationship. "We are off to a great start as we look to the future," said Joyner-Kersee. "I am grateful to ACSM for coming alongside us as we pursue a long-term solution for healthy families."


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Researchers: Physical Activity Prevents Loss of Mobility in Older Adults
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
That evening stroll around the block might do a lot more than just clear your head.

Swift daily walks could play a big part in helping elderly men and women stay limber and mobile well into their 80s, according to research findings announced on Tuesday.

More than 200 sedentary men and women from the Pittsburgh area were among 1,635 participants in the federally funded study, for which the University of Pittsburgh was one of eight hubs across the country.

"We've known from observational studies that people who are physically active do better. What we didn't know is that you can take people who are not physically active and keep them active over a long period of time," the lead investigator, Dr. Anne Newman, said. She chairs the epidemiology department at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health.

Researchers found daily physical activity during several years keeps many older adults from losing mobility, which the study defined as the ability to walk a quarter of a mile. Moderate physical activity led to a 28 percent decrease in the number of people who lose the ability to walk easily, according to the study.


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20-minute Walk 'Beats Disability': Quarter of a Mile Daily Stroll Could Make Difference Between Mobility or Becoming Housebound
Daily Mail
A 20-minute walk in the park every day could keep older people active and stave off disability, say researchers.

The first study of its kind shows daily walking for about a quarter of a mile may mean the difference between staying mobile or becoming housebound.

It found moderate physical activity helped aging adults keep their ability to walk at a rate 18 per cent higher than older adults who did not exercise.

The U.S.-based LIFE study from Yale School of Medicine, coordinated at the University of Florida, also showed regular walkers were a quarter less likely to become permanently disabled.

Researchers presented the results yesterday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando and it was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

They recruited 1,635 sedentary men and women ages 70 to 89 for the study.

The volunteers could walk a quarter mile within 15 minutes but were at risk of losing that ability.

The participants were randomly separated into two groups and followed for more than two years.

The first group walked 150 minutes per week and did strength, flexibility and balance training, and were regularly monitored.

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Washington, D.C., Takes Title for Fit, Healthy Living
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The Washington metropolitan area has reclaimed the top spot in an annual ranking of health and community fitness, bumping Minneapolis-St. Paul, last year's three-peat winner, to second place.

Portland, Ore.; Denver; and San Francisco round out the Top 5 on the 2014 American Fitness Index report, released today. Memphis is ranked last among the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Published by the American College of Sports Medicine, the report uses federal and other data to compare Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) based on 31 indicators in four categories: chronic health problems (diabetes, asthma); health behaviors (cigarette smoking and fruit consumption); physical or built environments (parkland acreage and number of farmer's markets); and recreational facilities (swimming pools and playgrounds). A new indicator this year is a city's "Walk Score," a measurement of how easy it is to walk to amenities and services.

Developed by a team of leading sports medicine professionals and exercise scientists, the fitness index offers a snapshot of the state of health in the community and an evaluation of the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles, according to the report.


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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Touts Better Fitness for Families
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East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is teaming up with the world's largest sports medicine and exercise science group to address the need for better health of families and communities.

The American College of Sports Medicine made the announcement at its annual meeting in Florida.

"It is critical that we continue to expand our efforts to engage families in understanding the importance of an active lifestyle and good nutrition," said Joyner-Kersee. "By partnering with ACSM, we can accelerate our reach by taking this message to under-served communities nationwide."

Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee is one of the most decorated Olympians in history. Since her retirement, she has been a passionate advocate for healthy living in her hometown of East St. Louis. Working with public schools, community partners and corporate sponsors, Joyner-Kersee's influence and hands-on work have made a positive difference in her hometown.


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