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Active Voice: Go4Life – A Challenge and an Opportunity
Volunteer Opportunity: Become an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst
Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
  Coming Tomorrow
Register Now for America Walks Webinar Next Week
Sedentary Behavior Conference: "Be the Voice of Movement"
International Paralympic Committee to Host VISTA Conference in October
Trivia Question
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: Go4Life — A Challenge and an Opportunity
By Melissa J. Benton, Ph.D., RN, FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Melissa J. Benton, Ph.D., RN, FACSM, is an associate professor in the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a member of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative on Aging. Her research focuses on the clinical applications of resistance exercise in healthy and chronically ill middle-aged and older adults. In this work, she is particularly interested in the outcomes of lean mass and body composition, strength, function, energy expenditure and quality of life.

September is Go4Life Month. The Go4Life program, developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), provides evidence-based recommendations and practical suggestions to help older adults incorporate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. The program is based on Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide, published by NIA in 2009. Go4Life translates the Everyday Guide into an interactive website that helps older adults either become active for the first time and then remain physically active or return to activity, if they got off track. As a leader in exercise and physical activity, ACSM has partnered with NIA to promote the Go4Life campaign since 2011.
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Volunteer Opportunity: Become an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst
Are you interested in assisting with the development of ACSM Position Stands by becoming an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst? This new ACSM volunteer position trains members to assist with the development of ACSM Position Stands by reviewing, summarizing and grading the research included in position stands. CEAs are members who have taken ACSM’s training webinar and completed credentialing exercises. These evidence analysts will provide a highly valued contribution within a positon stand project.

  • Review research abstracts to assist with the determination of studies meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria of the position stand
  • Critically evaluate the study design, methodology and outcomes of research studies
  • Extract and summarize data from research studies
  • Evaluate the quality of research studies
  • Document and maintain information in ACSM's database (MOSAIC)
  • Participate in teleconferences as needed
  • Renew their credentialed status every three years via supplemental training
  • Master’s degree or higher in kinesiology, exercise science, public health, nutrition, social science or another health/life science that includes training in experimental design and statistics
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and critically evaluate the design and conduct analysis of research studies
  • Demonstrated ability to comprehend articles published in peer-reviewed journals and to communicate the strengths and weaknesses of research studies
  • Previous experience in preparing systematic literature reviews
  • Familiarity with common computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, with attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication abilities
How to apply to become an evidence analyst

To apply to be an ACSM CEA, send a brief email stating your interest in becoming an evidence analyst and attach: (1) an updated resume/CV; and (2) a statement of your previous training and/or experience in evidence-based practice and systematic reviews to: Lynette Craft, Ph.D., FACSM at Materials are due by COB, October 2, 2015. ACSM staff will provide web-based training for all aspects of this position.

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Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities Coming Tomorrow
Only half of American adults get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle. That is why US Surgeon General VADM Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. aims to increase walking across the nation by calling for access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll.

This declaration addresses a number of major health issues facing our country today. Imagine the dramatic impact ACSM members can have if we come together to promote walking and physical activity within our communities. ACSM has been involved with this initiative even before it started, in making the initial suggestion that the Office of the Surgeon General consider a call to action that addresses physical activity.

In anticipation of this historical event, we challenge you to use this call to action as an opportunity for advancing physical activity - specifically walking. Some things you may consider:
  • View the upcoming webcast on September 9, 2015. Immediately after the webcast consider doing as colleagues will at the launch event itself and go for a walk to discuss how to implement the call to action in your organization or neighborhood.
  • Become familiar with and use tools and resources that ACSM will send you after the launch
  • Organize a walk in your community
  • Encourage members of your organizations and communities to walk
  • Distribute and promote materials about the benefits of walking

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a live webcast for the launch of this important Call To Action that will offer strategies for increasing walking and walkable communities for people of all ages and abilities. Former ACSM Presidents Bob Sallis and Russ Pate, ACSM Fellows Brian Hainline and Jack Groppel, and many more experts will present on what is truly a giant leap forward for the cause of physical activity and health.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
10:00 AM ET

If you are unable to participate or if you experience any technical difficulties while trying to sign on to the webcast, a recording of the event will be available on the Office of the Surgeon General’s website after the release: ACSM will keep you informed by sending additional resources following the announcement.

For more background information on the current state of walking and walkability in the U.S. today, including a commentary on barriers to walking and walkability and related economic and health disparities, please click here or read the article below titled "The end of walking."

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Register Now for America Walks Webinar Next Week
America Walks will host an exclusive webinar on September 15 about the soon-to-be-released Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. ACSM is a key partner for the call to action. Participants will receive a briefing from the lead scientific writer of the call to action and hear how two organizations plan to take advantage of this exciting document. Presenters include:
  • Susan Carlson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead scientific writer for Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
  • Wendy Landman, executive director, Walk Boston
  • David Sabgir, founder and CEO, Walk with a Doc
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Sedentary Behavior Conference: "Be the Voice of Movement"; Proposals Due Sept. 15
Reducing time spent sitting or being sedentary is currently emerging as an important public health strategy. The Sedentary Behavior Conference — presented by Weimo Zhu, Ph.D., will focus on critical measurement and research issues, as well as practical concerns in sedentary behavior, health research and practice. ACSM is a co-sponsor of the conference, along with the University of Illinois and SHAPE America.

The conference, which will be held October 15-17, 2015 at the University of Illinois, is the ideal forum for exercise science researchers, specialists and practitioners, physical activity epidemiologists, fitness leaders, public health officials, health policymakers, integrative medicine practitioners, health care providers, physical therapists, adapted physical education specialists and more. Proposals for poster sessions at the conference will be accepted until September 15, 2015. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register today.

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International Paralympic Committee to Host VISTA Conference in October
The seventh VISTA Conference, hosted by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will be held in the historic Spanish city of Girona October 7-10, 2015. VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC and provide a platform for the academic world to meet with athletes and professional experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment. It provides a forum for exchange on the latest information, research and expertise related to the paralympic movement and promotes cross-disciplinary interaction among sport scientists, athletes, coaches, administrators and the media. Register today!
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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

The End of Walking
In 2011, Raquel Nelson was convicted of vehicular homicide following the death of her 4-year-old son. Nelson, it's crucial to note, was not driving. She didn’t even own a car. She and her three children were crossing a busy four-lane road from a bus stop to their apartment building in suburban Atlanta. She’d stopped on the median halfway across when her son let go of her hand and stepped into the second half of the road. Nelson tried to catch him but wasn’t fast enough; she and her two-year-old daughter were also injured.

The driver admitted to having alcohol and painkillers in his system (and to being legally blind in one eye) and pleaded guilty to the charge of hit-and-run. He served six months in prison. For the crime of walking three tired, hungry children home in the most efficient way possible, Nelson faced more jail time than the man who had killed her son.

I am writing from a position of privilege. Not white or middle-class privilege – although I am both of those things and those facts play a role in my privilege – but rather, the privilege Americans don’t realize they’ve lost in a nearly Orwellian fashion: I can open the door of my home, take my kids by their hands, and meet almost any need by lifting my feet and moving forward. Food, schools, social centers, books, playgrounds, even doctors and dentists and ice cream – nearly everything our family uses daily is within about a mile's walk of home and well-served by wide, uncrowded sidewalks.

This is the kind of privilege that Raquel Nelson, and millions like her, might never experience. I've walked her steps, dealing with cranky children after a long day, worn out, longing for sleep, weighed down with groceries, and then suddenly reaching out with a pounding heart as my littlest one ran into a busy street. Reading her story, I find the inhumanity of Nelson’s situation staggering. There's the injustice of her conviction, but beyond that is this: she was walking. There is nothing more human, more natural, more fundamental to our freedom, than transporting ourselves by foot. Nothing more purely instinctive than a child answering the desire of feet, legs, spine and head, to dart forward in the direction his brain urges him to go.

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Digital-Age Happiness, Relaxation and Leisure
The Huffington Post
Every culture in the world has divided waking hours of a human day into "formal" working hours, and "leisure hours" where they are not formally required to be "productively" engaged. Despite work being considered the most important predictor of happiness (a World Database of Happiness reports 585 correlations between work and happiness but only 91 correlations between leisure and happiness), research has often shown that leisure is as important for happiness and productivity as work. All work and no play is certainly known to make us dull people.

Leisure activities of children have always changed over time, but the digital age has probably changed it most in the least amount of time. Traditional forms of leisure activities such as outdoor play, travel, reading, indulging in the arts and socializing have been modified beyond recognition, or at least augmented by newer technology-induced activities. It would be an unfair accusation that technology has ruined leisure; it has merely changed (even productively) the way traditional leisure activities have been pursued over the years. For example, while in the past, one had to visit a library to read a variety of books, an entire library can now be carried in a glowing (or sometimes non-backlit) screen; thus, the activity of "reading" has not died, it has merely moved to a different medium. Similarly, Pew Research found that nearly three out of four adults prefer to watch a movie at home than at the theater, an activity that has been enabled by technological advancements. Pursuing certain hobbies (such as geneFmobicalogy) has become easier with the internet; 83 percent of online Americans have used the internet to pursue their hobbies in 2007. The digital age has also led to the creation of new hobbies, blogging being a classic example. Geocaching - a hide-and-seek type of game using an interactive website and GPS technology cannot even be imagined in an Internet-less world.

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