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Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 1, 2009  
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Acting Surgeon General Shares Accomplishments, Next Steps
Rear Admiral Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H., has served as Acting Surgeon General of the United States since October 2007. Here, he shares his thoughts with ACSM on the importance of physical activity, his accomplishments since taking office, and his intentions to continue work with the College after his tenure concludes.

Q: How were you chosen for the role of Acting Surgeon General?
A: I don’t really know what happened behind the scenes; I was minding my own business, running the “drug” part of the Federal Drug Administration, in 2007, when I got a call from the leadership of the Department of Health and Human Services asking me to take the job. It was a total surprise. It didn’t even occur to me that it might be my next move, but it’s been the best career decision I’ve ever made. More

Reminder: Recognize your ACSM colleagues!
Don’t miss out on your chance to share your praise of an ACSM colleague. Every day, ACSM’s 35,000 members and certified professionals are making crucial advancements and breakthroughs in sports medicine and exercise science – and now you can tell others know about others’ achievements. Simply fill out this form and send it to by Thursday, Sept. 10. We’ll feature selected recognitions in subsequent issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, shedding light on the important contributions of so many of our valued members and certified professionals.

Exercise is Medicine™ heightens global outreach
Inaugural EIM World Congress will address science, practice of exercise
In an effort to build a healthier world and expand the initiative, Exercise is Medicine™ serves and connects individuals, organizations and countries on a global scale. The introduction of international forums, strategic partnerships and regional networks are expanding EIM’s roles and contributions in improving global patient and public health. Activating EIM in numerous countries around the world, from Italy to Tanzania, will spur progress in the promotion of physical activity and disease prevention, resulting in the greater well-being of people worldwide.

One of the major steps in EIM's globalization is the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, held June 1-3, 2010 in conjunction with ACSM's 57th Annual Meeting. The World Congress will be a unique opportunity for international representatives to address the science, practice and policy aspects of the impact physical activity has on disease prevention and health promotion. More

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Health Club Accreditation Standards Nearing Completion
Last week, ACSM moved a partnership with NSF International to the next level – a level that would enhance the credibility of the health and fitness industry and greatly increase public safety. NSF International is the world leader in public safety standards development and product certification.

The partnership will create an accreditation program for health clubs, giving the public a definitive rubric by which to choose the best club for their health and fitness needs. ACSM originally proposed the accreditation, and has now convened key organizations representing commercial and non-profit health clubs to develop it. The accreditation will be unveiled in the second half of 2010. More

Policy Corner: President's Council Names New Executive Director
Late last week, the U.S. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports announced to a select group of health organizations, including ACSM, that it had appointed a new executive director: Sergio Rojas. According to the Council, Rojas “brings a wealth of experience and a passion for helping others.” Rojas is a personal trainer and former strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. He also worked with a Chicago charter school to help develop its physical education program and presented weekly fitness segments on NBC5 (Chicago) morning news.

ACSM has taken a proactive role in attempting to secure Council roles for several of its top members, in order to ensure that science and research have a relevant place on the Council.

Industry News: Professional Ringside Physicians Medical Conference
ACSM has many partnerships with health and fitness organizations relevant to the College’s mission and goals. One such partnership exists with the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) – and now ACSM members have an opportunity to receive a special discounted attendee rate for the association’s annual medical conference. The ACSM member rate is just $295, a savings of nearly $350 from the regular rate. CME credit hours are available! The AAPRP is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of professional boxers and mixed martial arts athletes. Click here for the registration form.

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This week’s show:
Carol Otis, M.D., FACSM - Shoulder Injuries.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

An Argument for Mixing Up Your Exercise Routine
from the Los Angeles Times
Most people who exercise have a routine, such as hitting the gym solo in the morning, jogging with friends on the weekend, or bicycling with the family a couple of times a week. But it might be worth it to get out of that rut once in a while, since other people and your surroundings may play a key role in the intensity, frequency and length of your workout. More

Joggling: Juggling Joggers Find Poetry in Motion
from Reuters
The long-distance joggler understands better than most that the race is not always to the swiftest. Joggling, juggling while jogging, requires a hand as sure as a foot is fleet. But for some well-coordinated multitaskers, there's nothing quite like it. More

Don't Stop Moving
from The Province
Alar Aksberg, owner of Edmonton's Fat to Fit in Minutes isn't a man who likes to be trapped at a desk. "Doing physical movement outside in the sunshine is how we evolved," Aksberg says. "Physical exercise keeps us fit. And fitness level is what is vital." More

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