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In this issue:

Active Voice: ACSM's New Translational Journal – A First Look from the Editor-in-Chief
Surgeon General Announces Call to Action to Promote Walking; Resources Now Available
Call for Abstracts for 2016 ACSM's Annual Meeting
October is 'Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Month'
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
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ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


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Active Voice: ACSM's New Translational Journal — A First Look from the Editor-in-Chief
By Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, has been an ACSM member since 1978. He is currently professor, internal medicine and director of the Energy Balance Laboratory and Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, Cardiovascular Research Institute at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He is a past president of the Central States Chapter of ACSM, past member of the Board of Trustees, a current member of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative for Obesity and the first Editor-In-Chief of ACSM's new Translational Journal. His research has focused on the translation of energy balance science to community settings to impact obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in children and adults.


Translational and policy science is now a priority of major governmental agencies, such as The National Institutes of Health and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PICORI). The Translational Journal of The American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM) will place ACSM in the forefront for translational and policy science related to exercise. TJACSM is designed to close the gap between laboratory and clinical sciences and the application of research findings to the general community. The National Institutes of Health defines translational research as "the movement of discoveries in basic research to application at the clinical level." It is the attempt to find ways to take established science into everyday practice. A common theme for translational science includes the concept "it works in the laboratory, but does it work in the real world?" In a similar fashion, translational research often seeks to determine how to make established science work effectively in the general population or community. Therefore, this type of research often includes an analysis of comparative effectiveness of approaches and cost analysis. Frequently, attempts to translate science to community involve community participatory methods; however, translational research does not rely solely on this methodology.

An example of translational research would be an investigation to determine how to install an established and effective health risk management program in the workplace by comparing a face-to-face wellness program to a similar program delivered remotely using technology. Another example would be an investigation to determine the effectiveness of translating new findings in basic science for exercise and blood pressure to effective programs for seniors with hypertension in care facilities. One more example would be an investigation to compare two or more effective strategies used to alter public school policy to establish new policies aimed at increasing physical activity in public schools. In these examples, the objective is to find ways to translate known science into effective applications in everyday practice or communities.

Many ACSM members are actively engaged in translational research, and TJACSM will provide an outlet for the best scientific findings. Likewise, members involved with direct services to clientele would benefit from an authoritative source of information to guide their approach with individuals and communities. TJACSM will publish research investigations and evidence-based systematic reviews that determine how to put science into practice. We welcome submission of research articles from scientists who investigate the translation of exercise science to practice, including the study of policy that often impacts or determines how translation takes place.

Note: Submission of papers will begin with editor-invited papers in this month. The first issue of the journal is scheduled for April 1, 2016. As TJACSM develops, articles will progress to open submission. We will alert members when open submission begins and provide specifics on submitting papers via the TJACSM website. The production of TJACSM will take a slightly different format from other ACSM journals. Content will be updated to the journal site regularly, with articles appearing as they are accepted on a biweekly basis. In addition, we plan to capitalize on the digital nature of this journal by also including ancillary digital content with each manuscript.
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Surgeon General Announces Call to Action to Promote Walking; Resources Now Available
In a landmark announcement last Wednesday, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., unveiled his Step It Up! Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.

As a leader in the promotion of physical activity, ACSM was pleased to play an integral role in both the conceptual development of the call to action and the official announcement. Former ACSM Presidents Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM and Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM; ACSM Fellows Brian W. Hainline, M.D., FACSM and Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D., FACSM, as well as CEO Jim Whitehead all had prominent roles in the event.

This announcement is a huge step forward for the cause of physical activity and health and we invite you to join ACSM in enthusiastically supporting this call to action. To assist in this effort, a number of resources are now available for you and your organization. Visit our ACSM Call to Action web page and find a partner's guide, videos, social media messages, web banners, customizable press release to announce your organization’s support, and more. America Walks and the Every Body Walk! have also launched an exciting new collaborative micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates to build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General's Call to Action. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on October 15th.

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Call for Abstracts for 2016 ACSM's Annual Meeting


ACSM is now accepting scientific abstract and clinical case submissions for the 63rd ACSM Annual Meeting, 7th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on The Basic Science of Energy Balance. Click here to view the call for abstracts booklet.

This is your guide to everything you need to know about submitting an abstract. Visit the submission site for more information. The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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October is 'Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Month'
Kick off the school year by promoting Exercise is Medicine® on your campus! Similar to Exercise is Medicine® Month in May, Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) Month celebrates EIM among colleges and universities, promoting physical activity and celebrating the EIM movement across campus. Talk to campus administration, as well as your school's city and state elected officials and urge them to declare October as EIM-OC Month. To do this, request an EIM-OC Month proclamation from your president, provost, mayor or governor! Download the toolkit to find the proclamation as well as other ways to get involved this October.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Check out the two free featured articles from the September/October 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org. This issue is a special thematic edition on weight management.

The free featured articles from this issue include, "RETHINKING ENERGY BALANCE: Facts You Need to Know About Weight Loss and Management," by Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, and the Wouldn't You Like To Know column, "Promoting Weight Management Using Technology," by Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D, FACSM. The articles are available free of charge on the journal's website until October 23, so download your copies 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.


ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines
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.
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Walk this way: Surgeon general wants Americans moving
USA TODAY
ACSM was pleased to play an integral role in both the conceptual development of the Surgeon General's Call To Action and the official announcement.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has a prescription for the poor state of American health: a brisk walk. With half of Americans suffering from a chronic disease — and two-thirds overweight — Murthy wants the USA to make walking a priority. "I'm asking for individuals and communities across America to reclaim the culture of physical activity that we once had," said Murthy, who released a "call to action" on walking Wednesday. "It's not just a call for individuals to walk more, but for all of us to make communities more walkable." In many parts of the USA, going for a walk isn't as simple as it sounds, Murthy said.

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Getting FITT: It's Not a 4-Letter Word
US News & World Report
As a physical therapist, I prescribe exercise to people of all shapes, sizes and ages — and of varying levels of wellness. Each of my patients and clients is unique in some way, and they all need (and deserve) custom exercise programs. The only commonality to these programs is the focus on FITTness. Yes, it may be a play on words, but it's also an easy way to remember each component that needs to FITT into your workout: Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. (Okay, I promise I'll stop with the FITT puns now.) Using the FITT principle will help you advance your workout in the way that suits you best. Here's how:

Frequency: How often should you exercise?


This part of the principle may seem like an easy one, but it's not so simple. Deciding how many times a week you should exercise can get tricky. What if you like several different types of exercise? How do you alternate to get the best results? How much is too much? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a minimum of three days a week of vigorous exercise or five days a week of moderate exercise to promote health. It also suggests adults perform strength and balance training two or three times a week and flexibility exercises two or more times each week. Sticking to this frequency will provide a myriad of health benefits for your heart, waistline, mood, ability to sleep and more. The list is almost endless.

Intensity: How hard should you exercise?

How much effort should you expend while working out? Again, the answer may seem obvious, but it really is a complex issue. Should you exercise as hard as you can, even if it means you might not be able to exercise for the recommended amount of time? What if you are out of breath? Is it OK for your heart to be racing? These are all valid questions.

The first thing to consider is what constitutes moderate versus vigorous exercise. Moderate exercise is something like walking at 4 mph, whereas vigorous exercise is more along the lines of running at more than 5 mph. To put it another way, during moderate exercise, you should still be able to talk. Your heart will beat slightly faster, your breathing rate will increase somewhat and you will work up a bit of a sweat. Vigorous exercise will require an even greater effort, with a quicker heart rate and breathing pattern, and you should find it difficult to hold a conversation while exercising at this intensity.

If you aren't sure if your body is ready for moderate or vigorous exercise, talk to your doctor. If you have a pre-existing health condition or a family history of one, it's a good idea to undergo exercise testing before engaging in a vigorous activity. Remember: Even light exercise, such as walking and household chores, will benefit your health.

Time: How long should you exercise?

Again, we revert back to the recommendations from ACSM: at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity. Exercising for at least 30 minutes benefits your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Likewise, you increase your metabolism with longer bouts of activity, burning more calories and using various fuel stores. Can't make it last 30 minutes? No problem. Several studies have noted improvements in health with short bursts of activity, too. If you can manage a few repetitions of exercise — say, walking for five minutes three time a day ૼ the effects accumulate. Again, the goal is to get moving and to try to move the needle on your personal wellness spectrum.

Type: What kind of exercise should you do?

The possibilities are endless; however, you should pay attention to four key elements: cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. There are some great activities that hit all four at once, but you don't always need to multitask. The most successful exercise programs incorporate activities you enjoy. Not everyone wants to take a Zumba class, and for some, yoga is just torture. Find something you like to do and stick with it — you will be on the road to FITTness!

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