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Active Voice: Surgeon General Visits National Center Today; Fuels ACSM
  Member Call to Action
This Afternoon: Surgeon General Meets with ACSM, City Leadership in Indianapolis
Call for Abstracts: ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise
Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting/World Congresses is Friday
Don't Miss Free Online Content from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
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Active Voice: Surgeon General Visits National Center Today; Fuels ACSM Member Call to Action
By Dr. Carol Ewing Garber
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

ACSM President Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., FACSM, RCEP, is the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Physiology and the Applied Physiology Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is proud to follow in the footsteps of ACSM Founder, Dr. Josephine Rathbone.

Today's commentary is Part 2 of a two-part series. Check the Sports Medicine Bulletin archive to view Part 1.


Last week, I provided a review of Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak's presentation at the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting. His speech was highlighted by the declaration that "Physical inactivity is the major public health issue in this country." [View clip]. He went on to ask ACSM and its members to partner with him in promoting physical activity locally and nationally, including supporting a major call to action that will be announced by the surgeon general's office later this year.

"The surgeon general's presentation and comments at the annual meeting were inspiring and spot on," said Dr. William Dexter, ACSM's immediate past president. "It is clear that he is well versed in, and passionate about, the critical role that physical activity has in both preventing and addressing disease."

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This Afternoon: Surgeon General Meets with ACSM, City Leadership in Indianapolis


RADM Lushniak leads a walk on Indianapolis canal.
Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak is currently at the ACSM National Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He participated in a partnership meeting over the lunch hour with several local stakeholders and led a walk on the Indianapolis canal, located adjacent to the National Center office. Check next week's SMB for photos and updates from RADM Lushniak's visit.

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Call for Abstracts: ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise

Abstracts for poster presentations are now being accepted in the following categories. For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit the online abstract submission system. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

Topics include:
  • Exercise and cardiorespiratory physiology
  • Integrated physiology of exercise
  • Exercise and skeletal muscle
  • Exercise metabolism
For more information, please visit http://www.acsm.org/attend-a-meeting/IPE2014.

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Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting/World Congresses is Friday

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 Friday, June 20.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®

Check out the free featured articles from the recent issues of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. MSSE, ACSM's flagship monthly journal, is the leading multidisciplinary original research journal for members. Each issue features original investigations, clinical studies and comprehensive reviews on current topics in sports medicine and exercise science.

The free featured articles for this issue include, "Standing and Mortality in a Prospective Cohort of Canadian Adults" by Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAHA; and "Adiposity and Insufficient MVPA Predict Cardiometabolic Abnormalities in Adults" by Mark D. Peterson, Ph.D., M.S. The articles are available free-of-charge on the journal's website until August 31, so download your copies today.

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Video Games Can Improve Fitness
Medscape
Although often implicated as a factor in the worldwide obesity epidemic, video games can improve fitness, a batch of new studies show.

The studies were presented here at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 61st Annual Meeting.

In a pair of studies by one group of researchers, markers of strength, agility, endurance, and body composition improved significantly in college students after they played Just Dance 4 Kinect for the Xbox (Microsoft) for 2 months.

"Based on our study, we can say that health-related fitness and skill-related fitness could improve," said coauthor Chieh-Hsin Tsai, from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan.

The Kinect games use sensors to detect players' movements. "It's real dancing," Tsai said. "You don't need to hold a console because the sensors follow you."

Previous research has established that people burn calories when playing active video games (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166:1005-1009). Kinect games encourage such movement, as do Wii games (Nintendo), which involve the use of a console.

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Military Cities Rank Near the Top of American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index
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Big military towns are among some of the fittest in U.S., according to a new report from the workout wonks at the American College of Sports Medicine.

In the organization's seventh annual American Fitness Index, which ranks the 50 biggest cities in the country according to fitness, San Diego, Seattle and the Washington, D.C., metro area earned spots in the top 10 list.

As a kind of annual checkup, experts gather data on everything from the number, size and use of parks, gyms and other sports and recreational opportunities to levels of smoking, disease and pollution to create an overall score on a scale of 1 to 100 for each city.

The report "is 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. These measures directly affect quality of life in our country's urban areas," says Walter Thompson, one of the experts involved in compiling the index.

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