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Active Voice: Physical Activity and Functional Fitness in the Older Adult
ACSM Annual Meeting sets record attendance
Rocky Mountain ACSM Regional Chapter seeking part-time executive director
Purchase audio from ACSM Annual Meeting presentations
Participate in health promotion, worksite wellness survey
Reminder: Vote for ACSM in Pepsi Refresh grant competition
Policy Corner: Tracking legislation; briefing Congress on childhood obesity
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines





Active Voice: Physical Activity and Functional Fitness in the Older Adult
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Active Voice is an periodic column by ACSM experts in science, medicine, and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM. This commentary is based on a presentation at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting.

Maria Machado, MsC, is an ACSM member and is part of the Faculty of Human Kinetics (Lisbon, Portugal), working in the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Functional Morphology. She is an accomplished biomechanics researcher, focusing her work on effects of locomotion and balance, as related to physical activity programs for the elderly.


“We are living in the age of longevity,” said Kofi Annan, seventh Secretary of the United Nations, when announcing the International Year of Older Persons in 1999. The rapid aging of populations worldwide, particularly in developed countries, is one of the humanity’s greatest triumphs and, simultaneously, one of our greatest challenges. The expected impact on public health, especially the burden of disease and disability, has become a critical concern. Increasing the autonomy of the elderly has become crucial to the sustainability of the system and this poses a challenge to policymakers.
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ACSM Annual Meeting Sets Record Attendance
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The 57th ACSM Annual Meeting was historic in many ways – including setting a new attendance record! The conference set an all-time high in attendance, surpassing the previous record-holding Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The meetings were successful in large part to the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine and the special appearance of U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D. Click here to view photos from the Surgeon General's community walk and the opening ceremony of the World Congress.

Save the Date ­ ACSM's 58th Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, May 31-June 4, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Submit a session proposal by 11:59 PM PST, Monday, June 21, 2010.



Rocky Mountain ACSM Regional Chapter Seeking Part-time Executive Director
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ACSM's Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter is now accepting applications to fill a newly created part-time executive director position. This paid opportunity will ensure the smooth operations of the regional chapter and will be a member of the chapter's board of directors. Click here for the full job description and application information.


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Purchase Audio from ACSM Annual Meeting Presentations
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If you weren’t able to attend the ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore – or if you missed certain sessions of interest – audio from the conference is available. Click here to access recorded sessions (note: sessions and presenters are continually being added to the site, so check back often if your session isn’t yet posted).


Participate in Health Promotion, Worksite Wellness Survey
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The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM Affiliate Society, invites you to participate in the Fourth Annual Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies, designed to gain insight into how employers around the world implement and evaluate strategic wellness and health promotion initiatives to improve employee health and morale, control costs, and enhance workforce productivity and performance. Last year’s edition included responses from more than 1,100 employers in 45 countries. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the survey results.


Reminder: Vote for ACSM in Pepsi Refresh Grant Competition
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Your votes needed! ACSM is in the running for a grant through the Pepsi Refresh project and hopes to provide a playground for an underserved area in Indianapolis, ACSM’s headquarters city.

Click here to read ACSM’s grant proposal and cast your votes! Only the top-10 vote-getters will receive grants for their projects, so your support is key.



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Policy Corner: Tracking Legislation; Briefing Congress on Childhood Obesity
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ACSM advocacy steps ahead again this month with enhanced ability to track state and federal bills and the opportunity to brief Congress on childhood obesity issues. The College will soon acquire a service allowing staff and leadership to follow legislation in Congress as well as in state legislatures and in administrative agencies. This will allow targeted appeals to policy makers responsible for laws and regulations relating to the spectrum of issues that align with ACSM priorities. Most significant is the ability to systematically follow and quickly respond to developments at the state level. For instance, ACSM members and staff can receive bill updates and alerts on specific topics – i.e., concussions – and use the information to connect with local elected officials.

Following passage in both the U.S. House and Senate of a Resolution establishing September as National Childhood Obesity Month, ACSM leaders will help brief Members of Congress and their staff on June 30. NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, who serves on the ACSM Board of Trustees and the ACSM American Fitness Index™ Advisory Board, will be among the experts raising awareness of childhood obesity issues and calling for action to effectively address the problem. Of particular interest are disparate impacts on underserved populations and the prospect of reducing health care costs through healthy lifestyles. ACSM has provided leadership in the development of a coalition to promote action on childhood obesity issues.



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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.

 


Resistance Training Improves Flexibility, Too
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Preliminary research calls into question the old adage that stretching improves flexibility more than resistance training. More

Short People at 50% Higher Risk of Heart Problems
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Short people have a 50 percent higher risk of having a heart problem or dying from one than tall people, a new study says, though weight, blood pressure and smoking habits remain more important factors. More

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