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In this issue:

Active Voice: The AMA Says Obesity is a Disease; Now We Need to Inform Them How to Best Treat It
IAWHP Webinar Aug. 13: Nutrition Do’s and Don'ts for a Healthier Lifestyle
Policy Corner: August Congressional Recess Top Ten List
Plan to Observe Childhood Obesity Awareness Month In September
iPad Applications Now Available for ACSM Publications
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

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Active Voice: The AMA Says Obesity is a Disease; Now We Need to Inform Them How to Best Treat It
By Robert Sallis, M.D.
Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, is a past president of ACSM and chair of the Exercise is Medicine Task Force. He originated the EIM concept and has been its leading advocate from the beginning. Dr. Sallis earned an M.D. from Texas A&M University and completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA. He has continued his medical career with Kaiser and now co-directs their sports medicine fellowship training program. Dr. Sallis is the founding editor-in-chief of ACSM's Current Sports Medicine Reports journal. Exercise Is Medicine was launched in partnership with the AMA, and continues to work with AMA to find solutions to the obesity epidemic.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect author opinions and not necessarily the positions or policies of ACSM

My first reaction to hearing that the AMA had voted to classify obesity as a disease last month was a positive one. That was until I heard the excited comments from those who will profit most from the increased use (and payment for) bariatric surgery and weight loss drugs. Right away these individuals and organizations began campaigns to gain more reimbursement for their treatments of this newfound disease. My concern is that pushing the same old overpriced treatments on patients is more likely to benefit the wallets of surgeon’s and pharmaceutical companies than the health of Americans. There must be a better way to deal with this newly labeled disease called obesity.

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IAWHP Webinar Aug. 13: Nutrition Do's and Don'ts for a Healthier Lifestyle

The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, and ACSM affiliate society, invites ACSM members and others to participate in a webinar Tuesday, Aug. 13. The webinar will showcase steps to take for a healthier lifestyle and will address how to improve eating and exercise habits. Ms. Sweat will highlight some of the current myths and fads regarding nutrition and exercise and will separate fact from fiction. She will provide useful tools that are realistic for people in the "real world" to make sustainable lifestyle changes that will benefit them for the long term.

Whitney Sweat, MS, RD

Clinical Coordinator/Lecturer, Dept. of Nutrition Science
Sports Dietitian, Dept. of Intercollegiate Athletics
Purdue University

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Policy Corner: August Congressional Recess Top Ten List

According to the Congressional Management Foundation, constituent contact is the most effective way to influence a member of Congress. That is why ACSM constantly emphasizes member involvement on policy issues. Congress is scheduled to go into recess on August 3 - September 8. During that time, members of Congress will be back in their home districts working for and listening to their constituents. It’s a great time to contact your leaders to let them know about the issues that are important to ACSM members. It is through grassroots activities that ACSM will be able to succeed in its policy priorities. With that in mind, listed below are the top ten grassroots activities you can do during the August congressional recess.

Top Ten Things To Do During August Congressional Recess

1) Sign up to be an ACSM Key Contact
2) Schedule a meeting with your member of Congress
3) Send a letter to your member of Congress
4) Write an Op-Ed to your local newspaper
5) Make a plan to practice grassroots advocacy year-round
6) Attend a town hall or coffee chat
7) Follow ACSM on Facebook and Twitter and share policy-related posts with your own network
8) Encourage and recruit a colleague to get involved
9) Make travel arrangements to attend ACSM's Capitol Hill Day on March 4-5, 2013
10) Volunteer for a campaign

For more information on how to get involved in ACSM's policy issues, please visit ACSM's Policy Center or email Monte Ward, ACSM's Vice President for Government Relations at

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Plan to Observe Childhood Obesity Awareness Month In September

September 2013 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. By dedicating at least one month per year to the issue, we help maximize the impact of programs, activities, messaging and campaigns – all aligned to help eliminate childhood obesity.

One in three American children is already overweight or obese. These children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, psychological problems, bullying and more. This is a troubling public health issue, compounding as overweight and obesity continue into adulthood.

The financial implications of childhood obesity are sobering, at $14 billion per year in direct health care costs alone. Increased awareness and prevention of childhood obesity will save billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs and promote healthier lifestyles to improve and prolong the lives of the next generation of Americans.

How can you and your organization help? A downloadable toolkit and other information about COAM month is available on the site. Check it out at

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iPad Applications Now Available for ACSM Publications

All four of ACSMs publications now have custom iPad apps. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Current Sports Medicine Reports and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® are available for download in the App Store.

Downloading the apps is free, and access to the full-text content is included in your membership. These apps are an exciting development for ACSM and we encourage you to download them today and send your feedback to

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Sports Injury Initiative Announces Expansion
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Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention announces the expansion of its sports injury data collection platform to go beyond collegiate sports to include youth, high school, and amateur sports programs across the country. Over the past six years, the Datalys Center has expanded its platform to include programs for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation and USA Football, Inc. with immediate plans to expand into other youth sports.

Recognizing the combination of Indiana’s strong and plentiful life sciences assets and the state’s long history in sports and amateur athletics, BioCrossroads, along with the NCAA and American College of Sports Medicine, identified, organized and launched the Datalys Center as a sports centered life sciences initiative to collect and analyze injury, health outcomes, and performance data related to sports. Since inception in 2006, the organization has successfully advanced the understanding of sports injury and prevention through the development of a multi-platform model that collects and analyzes sports injury and outcome data for athletes ranging from youth to collegiate level.

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Trying to Lose weight? Ditch Calorie-Rich Rewards After Exercise
If you're spending more time running, walking or pumping iron in the gym and still not losing weight, fitness experts say it could be due to too big a reward for still too little exercise.

Although fitness has indisputable health benefits, it takes a lot of walking or running to burn off the calories in a donut.

"There's a war between exercise and nutrition in our heads," said American Council on Exercise spokesperson Jonathan Ross. "People tend to overestimate the amount of physical activity they get. They work out a little bit and treat themselves a lot."

A report by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation showed that although Americans say they are more active, it has not made much of a dent in the obesity epidemic that affects more than one-third of U.S. adults.

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