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Active Voice: Exercise Genomics - The Passport to Personalized Exercise Medicine!
Don't Forget: Register for Free Webinar on U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity
August ACSM Administrative Council Highlights
Still Time to Register for the 2014 ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology
Call for Editor-in-Chief Nominations for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Active Voice: Exercise Genomics - The Passport to Personalized Exercise Medicine!
By Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., FACSM, is Professor and Director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds the John W. Barton Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition. His research deals with the genetics of adaptation to exercise and the genetics of obesity and its comorbidities. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Nutrition, the American Heart Association, The Obesity Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This commentary presents Dr. Bouchard’s views on the topic of a research article which he and his colleagues published in the May 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®

With the advent of personalized medicine, genetics and genomics sciences have moved at the forefront of disease prevention and treatment. Exercise medicine has been slow to adopt the changing paradigm, but it is inevitable that it will also have to incorporate the notion that risks and benefits associated with regular exercise are highly individualized. In 2000, I brought together a group of colleagues involved in exercise genomics research with the aim of publishing in MSSE a yearly compendium of the findings on this topic published in the preceding calendar year (1st compendium). By 2009 we realized that the volume of published exercise genomics research was growing fast but was of highly variable quality (8th compendium). We decided then to change our formula to focus only on the papers that were of the highest quality and represented true contributions to exercise genomics. The 2013 installment of this review series appears in the May 2014 issue of MSSE.
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Don't Forget: Register for Free Webinar on U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity

Register now for a free webinar on September 10 discussing the recently released U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity.

Check out this video, which provides an overview of the groundbreaking United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth released earlier this year by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) and ACSM. Featuring ACSM members Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., FACSM, chair of the U.S. Report Card Research Advisory Committee and Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, chair of the NPAP Alliance, the video reveals six key outcomes from the study and key action steps needed to address current environmental deterrents when it comes to physical activity. The report card is the first in a historic series that will provide an unprecedented benchmark using a common methodology for this critical public health issue.

ACSM members are encouraged to use the video as an advocacy tool and call-to-action with those who can help implement new initiatives, programs and policies that support healthy environments and improve physical activity levels for children. You can view and share the video by clicking here.

In addition to the video, a free webinar will be held September 10 to discuss the implications of the Physical Activity Report Card, including a question and answer session with Drs. Katzmarzyk and Pate. Register for the webinar today!

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August ACSM Administrative Council Highlights

The ACSM Administrative Council met on August 21. Here are recaps of a few items of note:
  • WALKING: ACSM is playing a key role in increasing walking in the U.S. and making communities more walkable. We are active in the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and in plans for the 2015 U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. We partner very closely with Kaiser Permanente and also many organizations in multiple sectors to ensure this will lead to powerful societal change, with substantial improvements in public health as well other benefits, including environmental sustainability and economic development. A high-level Walking Summit is being held this week in Indianapolis.

  • UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE: ACSM is partnering with the Public Health Institute, the Global Alliance on Climate and Health, and other collaborators to stage a high-level United Nations (UN) conference on Monday, September 22, 2014 in New York, a day before a pivotal UN Summit on Climate. Our conference will address climate and health, and ACSM is organizing and ensuring a special emphasis on active transportation (walking, biking, and other human-propelled transportation) and its benefits for and importance to health, the environment and economic development. This will include the official launch of ActivEarth.

  • CDC-ACSM ROUNDTABLE: Last week, ACSM partnered with the CDC to convene a roundtable in Atlanta entitled "Planning the Future of Physical Activity Surveillance for Public Health." The overall purpose of the roundtable was to address key issues related to surveillance of physical activity in the U.S. Roundtable participants discussed the topics listed below to identify gaps and propose solutions to close the gaps:

    • Measurement of physical activity for public health surveillance
    • Surveillance of physical activity behavior in adults with questionnaires
    • Surveillance of physical activity motion in adults with technology
    • Reconciling estimates of physical activity behavior and motion
    • Surveillance of environmental supports for physical activity with questionnaires
    • Surveillance of environmental supports for physical activity with technology
    • Including special populations in surveillance systems

    To advance physical activity surveillance, the objectives of this roundtable were to produce the following products:
    • For a research audience, a manuscript focused on describing the recommendations from the roundtable. The target journal is Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise®.
    • For a practitioner audience, a summary document that translates the recommendations from the roundtable for public health practitioners working in states and communities.

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Still Time to Register for the 2014 ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology

There is still time to register for the 2014 ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology. With multidisciplinary scientific sessions, expert keynote speakers and more, this meeting is a must-attend for anyone interested in exercise physiology, exercise and health. To emphasize areas of rapid advancements in exercise physiology, the IPE program includes the following:
  • Exercise, stem cells and adaptation
  • Exercise metabolism: integration of heart, skeletal muscle and fat
  • Exercise, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dynamics
  • Circadian rhythms, sleep systems health and exercise performance
  • Cytokines and "exer-kines"; new insight into exercise and system's health
This conference will again be hosted at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida. Hotel block reservation information can be found here.

Register before Wednesday, September 3 at 11:59 PST to join us for this excellent scientific meeting.

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Call for Editor-in-Chief Nominations for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor-in-chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, an official bimonthly journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The incoming editor-in-chief will begin duties in July 2015, and the term of office will run through the end of 2019. The main audience for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® is fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers, nutritionists and other front-line health and fitness professionals. Its mission is to promote and distribute accurate, unbiased and authoritative information on health and fitness. The journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research and includes information on ACSM certification workshops, current topics of interest to the fitness industry, and continuing education credit opportunities. The journal is available in print, online at, and via an iPad® app.

The search committee is accepting candidate applications and nominations now and plans to interview finalists in April 2015. All candidates should be a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and in good standing. A current curriculum vita and appropriate writing samples are required for all applications and nominations. Applicants should send a letter of interest, and nominations must have the nominee's approval. Send all materials for receipt no later than January 5, 2015 via email to: or via mail to:

American College of Sports Medicine
401 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN
Attention: Lori Tish, Editorial Services Office.

Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, via email: or phone: (404) 413-8365.

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Commuting by Transit, Walking and Cycling Linked to Lower Weight and Less Body Fat
People who commute to work by foot, bicycle or public transport tend to have significantly lower body weight and body fat than people who drive a car or motorcycle to work, suggests a large British study published last week in the journal BMJ.

"The use of public transport and walking and cycling in the journey to and from work should be considered as part of strategies to reduce the burden of obesity and related health conditions," write the study's authors, who are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London.

Obesity is as big a problem in the U.K. as it is in the U.S. Some 64 percent of British adults are overweight or obese. That compares with 69 percent of American adults.

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Office Fitness: Stand up for Health and Turn Your Desk into a Gym
"Sitting is the new smoking," has become a catch phrase suddenly being espoused by a fast growing number of medical experts around the world. There is plenty of evidence to support the claims that our chair-oriented sedentary lifestyle is taking huge tolls on both our health and our economic productivity, and it's probably even truer for the deskbound office worker or exec than the couch surfer due to the nonstop hours at our computers. Between cars, couches and desks, Americans spend about half their lives sitting — and that does not include sleeping.

Fortunately it is very easy to improve the healthfulness of your workspace, whether it's located in a corporate setting or at home. In fact, I am doing it right now as I type these words.

The World Health Organization identified physical inactivity as the fourth biggest killer on the planet — ahead of obesity. In addition to the obvious back and neck problems affiliated with sitting at computers all day, substantial evidence has linked sitting to everything from cancer to heart disease, diabetes to depression, and like smoking, it harms you even if you get exercise when not doing it.

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