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In this issue:

Active Voice: School-based Interventions –The Final Answer to Childhood Inactivity?
Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
Policy Corner: Budget Sequestration Threatens Research Funding
Call for MSSE Editor-in-Chief Applications, Nominations
Research Collaborative in Cuba: An Invitation from ACSM Past President Barbara Ainsworth
Don’t Miss Free Online Content from ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: School-based Interventions —The Final Answer to Childhood Inactivity?
By Anna Bugge, M.Sci. and Robert G. McMurray, Ph.D., FACSM    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.

Anna Bugge, M.Sci., is a PhD student at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics of the University of Southern Denmark, Odense M. She is an investigator with the Centre for Research in Childhood Health, contributing to large epidemiologic studies related to childhood health and well-being. Anna’s recent research includes studies of physical activity interventions on cardiovascular disease risk factors in children, as well as the relationship between low-grade inflammation and cardiovascular risk factors in youth.

Robert McMurray, Ph.D., FACSM, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has worked for decades on school interventions to increase physical activity and improve school nutrition and received the ACSM Citation Award in 2011, in recognition for his contributions to the field.

See the July 2012 issue of ACSM's Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) for the research report they authored with colleagues, entitled “Effects of a Three-Year Intervention: The Copenhagen School Child Intervention Study.”


Current guidelines on physical activity, both in Denmark and the USA, recommend that children and adolescents participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of that should be aerobic exercise of moderate intensity, but vigorous-intensity exercise and muscle- and bone-strengthening exercise should be included, as well. For some youth, this amount of physical activity is an inherent part of daily life. Unfortunately, this it is not the case for most young people, as less than half of 6-to-11-year-old children and only 8% of adolescents in the USA meet the recommendation for physical activity – see Troiano et al. These trends are alarming, since physical inactivity has great implications for health. Results from the European Youth Heart Study show that, in children, the level of physical activity is associated with clustering of cardiovascular risk factors independently of weight status. Furthermore, an active lifestyle has to be acquired during childhood, as active children have a better chance to grow up to be active adults.
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Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
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ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2013 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2012, ACSM funded 25 grants through this program, awarding a total of $169,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities. Download the application today.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2013. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.


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Policy Corner: Budget Sequestration Threatens Research Funding
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Under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25), the Office of Management and Budget is required to execute an across-the-board cut to the federal budget unless Congress enacts a plan by January 2, 2013 to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion. This process is called budget sequestration.

Budget sequestration could have devastating effects on programs that are vitally important to ACSM members. It is estimated that if budget sequestration were to go into effect, the National Institutes of Health would lose $2.4 billion. This would result in 700 fewer research grants in fiscal year 2013.

Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has produced a report that outlines the potential cuts to the federal budget due to budget sequestration and its harm to the nation. The report can be found here.


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Call for MSSE Editor-in-Chief Applications, Nominations
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The ACSM Publications Committee invites applications and nominations for editor-in-chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), ACSM’s flagship monthly journal. The editor will serve a four-year term from January 2014 to December 2017, with the option of serving a second term.

Current Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM, will complete his second term in December 2013. The incoming editor, expected to be confirmed by January 2013, will work with Dr. Young and ACSM staff members for one year to prepare for and transition into the role. One of his or her first tasks will be to recruit associate editors-in-chief and associate editors. The new editorial team then will begin reviewing papers in July 2013.

In addition to being an official ACSM journal, MSSE is among the most cited in the sport sciences literature. It is ranked No. 3 out of 84 journals in the sport sciences category of the Journal Citation Reports® for 2011 issued in June by Thomson Reuters. MSSE’s impact factor is 4.431, up from 4.106 the previous year.

Candidates are required to complete a short questionnaire and submit a CV by September 28, 2012. For more information or to request a questionnaire, contact Managing Editor Kenneth O. Wilson at kwilson@acsm.org.


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Research Collaborative in Cuba: An Invitation from ACSM Past President Barbara Ainsworth
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The American College of Sports Medicine is organizing a research collaborative to visit Cuba in December 2012 for the purpose of researching practices, treatment and education in the field of sports medicine. As Past-President of ACSM, I am honored to have been selected to lead this collaborative. I invite you to join in this unique opportunity.

The program schedule will be designed to support ACSM’s mission. Specific meetings and visits will be based largely on the experience, background, and interests of the collaborative members. Planned topics of discussion include:
  • The role of primary care and community-based services to promote physical activity to children and adults, including Exercise is Medicine initiatives
  • Public education, awareness and intervention strategies to reduce age-related physical decline in older adults
  • The role of physical education, fitness and sports in public schools and how they are organized as a multi-sectoral/inter-sectoral bases
  • Understanding how the Cuban Integrated Model of Sport Development and the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER) has influenced physical activity, sport safety and health outcomes of citizens
  • Discussion of the role of physical fitness in promoting workplace productivity, maintaining optimal health, and national preparedness.
Travel to Cuba is restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This collaborative will be travelling under OFAC regulation 31 CFR §515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the highest level professionals in Cuba.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
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Check out the two free featured articles from the September/October 2012 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org. Featured articles for this issue include “FACT OR FICTION: Can Dietary Supplements Enhance Health and Performance?” by Antonio S. Santo, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD and Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., CSSD, FACSM, and Business Side column, “Emotionally Move Them Into Wellness,” by Sara J. Garcia. The articles are available free of charge only until October 24, so download your copies today.
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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.


Changing Our Tune on Exercise
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What would it take to persuade you to exercise?

A desire to lose weight or improve your figure? To keep heart disease, cancer or diabetes at bay? To lower your blood pressure or cholesterol? To protect your bones? To live to a healthy old age?

You’d think any of those reasons would be sufficient to get Americans exercising, but scores of studies have shown otherwise. It seems that public health experts, doctors and exercise devotees in the media have been using ineffective tactics to entice sedentary people to become, and remain, physically active.
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What are the 25 Best Cities for Walking?
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Even though putting one foot in front of the other is the easiest form of exercise there is, it's still hard to find the motivation to bypass the car and head out on foot in your everyday life. But with a couple of tools—including a visit to Walkscore.com, which grades cities and neighborhoods on the ease of finding entertainment or provisions on foot, and Prevention.com's at-a-glance guide to the attractions that you'd never notice on a drive—you can get (ahem) one step closer to a more exciting pedestrian lifestyle. The closer a city on this list scores to 100, the better the walkability.

Whether you're in the market for a new 'hood or planning a trip, you can take advantage of these 25 cities where pedestrians give wheels a run for their money. Read on to learn what makes these metro areas walker-friendly.
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