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In this issue:

Active Voice: Intensity of Daily Ambulation Predicts Life Quality for COPD Patients
Submit an Abstract for an ACSM Meeting
Policy Corner: Getting PA into Party Platforms
Action Alert: Resolution on Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
ACSM Social Media — Join the Conversation
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Intensity of Daily Ambulation Predicts Life Quality for COPD Patients
By Melissa L. Jehn, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Melissa L. Jehn, Ph.D., is currently conducting research for the Department of Cardiology and Department of Pulmonology at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin, Germany. Born and raised in Munich, she earned an M.S. degree at the University of California, Davis and a doctoral degree in human physiology at the Technical University of Munich. Between finishing her master’s and doctorate, she spent three years doing research in London, facilitating the Primary Care Trust-directed initiative to implement a London-based exercise prevention program. Her research interests focus on the impact of physical activity on health outcome in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic heart failure (CHF).

See the July 2012 issue of ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) for the research report she authored with colleagues, entitled “Daily Walking Intensity as a Predictor of Quality Of Life in Patients with COPD.”


The prevalence and incidence of COPD are rapidly increasing and a systematic reduction in disease-specific risk factors must be actively targeted, in particular tobacco use. In addition, more awareness about short- and-long term benefits associated with physical activity must be raised in terms of attenuating disease progression. Several systematic reviews of chronic disease management have shown that integrated care programs with an interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on self-management maximize long-term patient outcome. In this regard, regular physical activity plays an important role in chronic disease management and has been associated with a slower decline in smoking-related lung function, a reduction in hospital admissions, and an overall improvement in survival rates among COPD patients. Therefore, encouraging patients to become more physically active has become a major focus in modern COPD therapy.
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Submit an Abstract for an ACSM Meeting
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2013 ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®
The 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® will be held May 28-June 1, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for next year’s Annual Meeting. Please visit this site to learn more or submit an abstract. Abstracts are due on November 1, 2012.

Midwest ACSM Regional Chapter Annual Meeting
The 2012 Midwest ACSM Regional Chapter Annual Meeting will be held November 1-3, 2012 at Maumee Bay Lodge and Convention Center, which is on Lake Erie near Toledo, OH.

The chapter’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee is accepting abstract submissions for the upcoming 2012 meeting. View the instructions for submitting an abstract here. The final date to submit an abstract is Friday, September 7, 2012 to the MWACSM office.

National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Arizona State University will host the National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness on November 17, 2012. This one-day conference, developed by ACSM Past President Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, will explore the need for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in physical activity interventions relating to medicine, pharmaceuticals, and surgery. A roadmap for CER for physical activity and healthy lifestyle approaches in health outcome research will be presented.

Featured speakers include:
Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM
Patrick McBride, M.D.
Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM
Abby King, Ph.D., FACSM
James Levine, Ph. D.
Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM
I-Min Lee, M.D., Sc.D., FACSM
Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.


Deadline for abstracts is September 19, 2012. View the abstract submission site here.



 


Policy Corner: Getting PA into Party Platforms
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Chronic diseases are blithely non-partisan, as are their greatest preventatives: healthy lifestyles. With that in mind, and citing the latest research documenting the connection between physical activity and health, ACSM has made recommendations to the committees crafting the political platforms for both major parties. The strategy is that influencers of all stripes will agree that, given its importance to individual health and its ability to help contain health care costs, physical activity will merit significant mention in the platforms that underpin much election-year policy discussion. More

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Action Alert: Resolution on Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
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More and more organizations are gearing up for September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Many are downloading the COAM toolkit from www.coam-month.org.

Can you take a few minutes to ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor a resolution observing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month?

Please visit the online ACSM Policy Center to send a quick message to your representative encouraging her/him to co-sponsor House Resolution 339.




ACSM Social Media — Join the Conversation
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Are you part of ACSM’s vibrant online community? Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to share research, news, ideas, and more. ACSM engages over 22,000 followers between Facebook and Twitter and has recently joined Pinterest. Find us today to learn what’s happening.

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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.


Should lack of exercise be considered a medical condition?
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"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.
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The challenges of beach running
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Mike Musso doesn’t know of a time when he wasn’t running on the beach. “I’d run from my house to the surf beach to hang out,” said Mr. Musso, 20, who grew up at the Jersey Shore and now works there.

Half of his high school’s cross-country course was on sand, and now Mr. Musso, a lifeguard in North Wildwood, is aiming to run his first marathon, this fall in Philadelphia, in 2 hours 45 minutes. He considers speed work on the water’s edge an integral part of his training.

He has good reason to use the sand to make him faster. Beach running isn’t easy.
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