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Miss the Annual Meeting? Access the Research Online
Minneapolis-St. Paul tops the ACSM 2013 American Fitness Index™ for Third Straight Year
2013 Successes Video
ACSM Lauds Resolution on NCDs at World Health Assembly
Submit Your Session Proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting
ACSM Research Makes Headlines
 
 


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Miss the Annual Meeting? Access the Research Online

Attendees are still sharing praise about the 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. Words like "extraordinary, exceptional, invaluable, important, ground-breaking" are being used by many. Plans are already underway to make the 2014 Annual Meeting/World Congress on Exercise is Medicine – plus a new World Congress on basic science – setting even a higher standard of excellence for education, engagement, and a series of remarkable special features and side-events. Even if you weren't able to join ACSM in Indianapolis, Indiana 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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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Tops the ACSM 2013 American Fitness Index™ for Third Straight Year

    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) unveiled its sixth annual American Fitness Index™ (AFI) data report last Wednesday during the organization’s annual meeting. Established six years ago with support from the WellPoint Foundation, the AFI data report evaluates the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles in the 50 most populous metro areas in the United States. For the third consecutive year, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington captured the top ranking.

    The 2013 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, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity. Included in the report's latest edition are benchmarks for each data indicator to highlight areas that need improvement.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington achieved a score of 78.2 (out of 100 possible points), up slightly from its previous score of 76.4 on the 2012 AFI data report. A leading mix of scores on personal health indicators and community/environmental indicators helped it remain at the top of the rankings.

    To assist with measurement and to provide a baseline measure of health and fitness status, ACSM worked with the Indiana University School of Family Medicine and a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts on the methodology of the AFI data report. Researchers analyzed the data gleaned from U.S. Census data, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), The Trust for the Public Land City Park Facts and other existing research data in order to give a scientific, accurate snapshot of the health and fitness status at a metropolitan level.

    The data examined fall into two categories: 1) personal health indicators and 2) community and environmental indicators. Visit the online newsroom at www.AmericanFitnessIndex.org for a complete list of the data components.

    To view the full report, please visit www.americanfitnessindex.org.

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    2013 Successes Video

    Those attending the Joseph B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture by Scott Powers, Ed.D., Ph.D., FACSM, were first treated to a brief video recapping ACSM highlights of the past year. View “ACSM Successes 2013” online and share it with your students, colleagues and friends.
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    June 20 Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2014 Annual Meeting/World Congress

    Don't miss the session proposal deadline for the 61st ACSM Annual Meeting and 5th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine to be held in Orlando, Florida. Proposals may be submitted online and are due by 11:50 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 20. Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning in September.
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    SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


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    As always, the ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine presented a staggering amount of research findings and clinical reports. Print and online media continue to carry stories generated by the Indianapolis meeting.


    Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington tops 2013 American Fitness Index
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    Where's the fittest city to live in America? Travel to the Twin Cities for the answer.

    The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announced that Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington topped the sixth annual American Fitness Index data report. The list ranks the 50 larger metropolitan areas in the U.S. based on a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, and the amount of health care access, community resources like parks and policies that support physical activity.

    The data was compiled and analyzed by ACSM, the Indiana University School of Family Medicine and a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts.

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    Nike-Created Initiative is Designed to Fight Physical Inactivity Epidemic
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    As a young amputee, Sarah Reinertsen's life changed when she saw a woman with a prosthetic leg run a 10K race.

    "Suddenly, I had that positive role model," Reinertsen, 38, told an audience at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting Thursday in Indianapolis. She spoke about a new Nike-created initiative, Designed to Move, to fight physical inactivity in youth and adults.

    Until going to that race with her father when she was 10, Reinertsen hadn’t had many positive physical activity experiences. A congenital defect had led to her having her left leg amputated above the knee at age 7.

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    Do You Overeat After a Hard Run?
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    If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably heard that including harder runs in your training will help, because your metabolism will stay more revved up post-run than after an easy jog. A new small study provides a reminder that a hard run isn't carte blanche to eat everything in sight.

    For the study, 18 women did four 30-minute treadmill sessions. The workouts' intensity ranged from low to moderate to vigorous.

    After the workouts, the women were asked to estimate how many calories they had burned during each. After the hardest of the four workouts, the women overestimated their caloric expenditure by 18%.

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