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Striding Toward Health Care Reform
National Physical Activity Plan Working Group Identifies Strategies for Change
Health care reform has taken center stage in recent months, with numerous elected officials and members of the public calling for crucial changes that will improve the long-term, overall health of the United States.
ACSM has consistently advocated for preventive medicine through lifestyle changes and physical activity. An important vehicle is the National Physical Activity Plan, which will outline crucial strategies to make reform through prevention a reality.
Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, is chair of the health care working group for the National Plan – an appropriate position, given his past-presidency of ACSM and his current chairmanship of the Exercise is Medicine™ Task Force. The health care working group suggested three key preliminary strategies, giving ACSM members a glimpse into the possible future direction of the National Plan. More
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Congratulations to Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, who receives a complimentary ACSM membership for recruiting the most new members during previous quarter. Also, Susan Ott, D.O., FACSM, receives an ACSM prize package for being randomly selected from all members recruiting during the quarter. View the complete list of members who have recruited new members during the campaign.
Policy Corner: Health Care Reform and Opportunities for Action
Health Care Reform Overview
There has been a sense in Washington among the disparate health care interest groups that this will be the year for health care reform. As President Obama said to a Joint Session of Congress on Feb. 24, 2009, “I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”
Therefore, this belief that a health care reform bill would be signed into law before the end of the year has encouraged previous opponents of reform to stay at the table in hopes of influencing the final shape of legislation.
ACSM Member Honored by White House, President Obama
Oscar Suman, Ph.D., FACSM, was recently named one of the top 100 beginning researchers in the country by President Obama and the White House, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Suman was nominated by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
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|Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines|
Obese Account for Greatest Jump in Health Care Spending
from ABC News
Health care spending on obese patients in the United States has ballooned, growing more than 80 percent over a five-year period, researchers have found.
Fit Body, Fit Mind? Your Workout Makes You Smarter
from Scientific American
As everybody knows, if you do not work out, your muscles get flaccid. What most people don’t realize, however, is that your brain also stays in better shape when you exercise.
Could Low Iron, Protein Contribute to Soreness After Exercise?
In 2006, Aaron Smathers, then 29, was a graduate student in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, gathering data for a study of brittle bones in cyclists. One of his subjects was himself, since he’s been a bike racer for years. Is cycling bad for the bones? A number of intriguing studies published in the past 18 months, including Smathers’, have raised that possibility — an issue that has special resonance now, with the start of the 2009 Tour de France.
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