U.N. Wages All-Out Attack on Noncommunicable Diseases; ACSM Makes Strong Case for Physical Activity to Global Audience
In response to the global health epidemic of noncommunicable disease, last week the United Nations called together a U.N. High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). In the first such summit since 2001 (when the focus was on HIV/AIDS), the U.N. called upon the world’s leading experts to lay out a plan that will reduce the incidence of noncommunicable disease worldwide.
ACSM played a visible and influential role at the U.N. High-Level Meeting on NCDs, which took place Sept. 19 and 20 in New York City. ACSM President-Elect Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, and CEO Jim Whitehead were two of just 100 nongovernmental representatives from around the world in attendance at the meeting. More
Policy Corner: Senate Appropriations Committee Passes NIH Funding Bill
As a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, ACSM receives reports on FASEB’s vigorous advocacy efforts. Jennifer Zeitzer, director of legislative relations, provided the following update after an important Senate committee vote.
On the evening of Sept. 21, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Labor-HHS-Education (LHHS) spending bill by a vote of 16 to 14 (all Democrats voted “yes” and all Republicans voted “no”). The funding level for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains at $30.5 billion, $190 million (0.6 percent) below the FY 2011 enacted level. More
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Strength Training for Pregnant Women Appears Okay, Despite a Dearth of Research
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It’s no longer news that working out during pregnancy is not just harmless but helpful for most healthy women. Countless moms-to-be are running, doing yoga and Pilates or taking exercise classes designed specifically for them. British marathoner Paula Radcliffe ran at a level many of us would envy until the day before she delivered a healthy daughter in 2007.
Women who are in shape have fewer problems during delivery, and their children tend to start life healthier than the newborns of obese women.
So I was surprised, and somewhat skeptical, when I received a news release about a “first of its kind” study that had determined that resistance training — strength training in its various forms — can be beneficial to mother and child and shows no correlation to complications during pregnancy.
Didn’t we know that already? It’s 2011. A lot of pregnant women lift weights. More
Leaders Vow to Cut Deaths from Chronic Disease
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World leaders have pledged to take wide-ranging action to prevent millions of deaths from cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease by tackling the key causes -- smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets dominated by fast food.
But the 13-page political declaration approved at the first-ever General Assembly meeting on chronic diseases which ended Tuesday left unanswered the question of coordinating an international response to what the leaders called "a challenge of epidemic proportions." More