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Active Voice: Making National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month a Year-Long Pursuit
Policy Corner: PEP Grants Award $35 Million to 26 States
Gatorade Sports Science Institute Hosts Webinar on Athlete Testing
Physical Activity Is Focus at Coca-Cola Family Track Walk at NASCAR Venues
Deadlines Approaching for Room Reservations, FASEB MARC Awards
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Active Voice: Making National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month a Year-Long Pursuit
By Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, 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.

Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, FACSM, is Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has degrees in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is also an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist® and a registered dietitian. Dr. Volpe's research focuses on obesity and diabetes prevention using traditional interventions, mineral supplementation, and more recently, altering the environment to result in greater physical activity and healthy eating. Dr. Volpe is an associate editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® and is president-elect of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board.

About 12.5 million children and adolescents, ages 2-19, are considered obese, having a body mass index above the 95th percentile for their age and gender (see Recommendations by Barlow and Expert Committee in Pediatrics.) With respect to racial and ethnic differences, it has been reported that Hispanic boys are more likely to be obese than Caucasian boys, while African-American girls are more likely to be obese than Caucasian girls (CDC Fact Sheet). Indeed, Eisenmann et al. reported low physical activity, excessive television screen time and low consumption of whole grains and vegetables (with a concomitant high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, french fries, chips and desserts) among 403 low-income Hispanic and African-American children in grades 3-5. In addition, 48.5 percent of the children in that study were overweight or obese, and six percent were severely obese.
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Policy Corner: PEP Grants Award $35 Million to 26 States
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The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), once feared a victim of federal budget cuts, has announced funding for programs operated by 76 school districts and community organizations. The programs focus on physical education, physical activity and nutrition.

For more information and a rundown of the grantees, see the DOE’s announcement.





Gatorade Sports Science Institute Hosts Webinar on Athlete Testing
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On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will host a webinar on “Athlete Testing: How Physiological Testing Can Be Used to Improve Performance and Safety.” The webinar is presented by ACSM and runs from 12-1 p.m. ET. It is free to attend.

Join GSSI’s senior scientist, Melissa Tippet, as she highlights the importance of physiologically testing athletes for performance and safety and demonstrates tests you can perform regardless of your resources. Tippet is an exercise scientist working in GSSI's education and scientific liaison group. Registration is limited to 100 sites. Register online.



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Physical Activity Is Focus at Coca-Cola Family Track Walk at NASCAR Venues
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To inspire adults and children alike to make physical activity a part of every day, Coca-Cola has hosted a series of Coca-Cola Family Track Walks at select NASCAR races this year. Every Body Walk!, an online educational campaign to get Americans up and moving, has produced a video from the recent Coca-Cola Family Track Walk at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The video features Exercise is Medicine® chair Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM. View the full video online.





Deadlines Approaching for Room Reservations, FASEB MARC Awards
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Friday is the final day to reserve a discounted room for the ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement. Reserve a room at the Capital Hilton online.

The conference will be held Nov. 17-18, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Renowned researchers, educators and policymakers will share evidenced-based knowledge supporting the promising connection among physical activity, brain function and academic achievement. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to network with national experts in the field, participate in a town hall discussion, and learn how to implement policy changes and programming that will impact today’s and tomorrow’s students. Plus, there will be top keynote speakers, scientific abstracts, symposia and ACSM continuing education credits.

The deadline for FASEB MARC Travel Awards is Monday, Oct. 10. Award applicants must have submitted an abstract for the ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement to be eligible for the $1,000 travel award. Applications are due Oct. 10, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET.



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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.


Concussion Expert Wins "Genius Grant"
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Editor’s note: Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., FACSM, serves on the ACSM Communications and Public Information Committee. ACSM congratulates him for having earned recognition from the MacArthur Foundation.

When he got a concussion playing football in junior high, Kevin Guskiewicz didn't even see a doctor. No one cautioned him about the dangers of repeated head trauma in sports. He stopped playing that day and suffered headaches, but came back to the field a couple of days later.

"That would have been in the early '80s, and we certainly didn't know half of what we know now about the injury," he said.

Guskiewicz, 45, dedicated his career to discovering and harnessing knowledge about head injuries. Now, he's a highly regarded concussion expert and the recipient of $500,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is one of 22 distinguished individuals to receive the no-strings-attached award, informally called the "genius grant," for 2011.
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Rebranding Exercise: "Enhancing Daily Quality of Life" A Better Message than Appealing to Longevity
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A new University of Michigan study finds that the most convincing exercise message emphasizes immediate benefits that enhance daily quality of life.

Health care, business and public health have presumed that promoting health and longevity benefits from exercise will motivate people to exercise. The new findings, however, indicate that these individuals exercised less than those who aimed to enhance the quality of their daily lives.

“The study showed that what an individual espouses as important does not necessarily translate into behavior,” said Michelle Segar, research investigator for the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender. “While people say they value health and healthy aging, those distant benefits don’t make exercise compelling enough to fit into their busy lives.”
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Encouraging Exercise May Help Teens Quit Smoking
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Encouraging teenage smokers not only to quit, but to get physically active, may boost their odds of kicking the habit, a new study suggests.

The study, reported in the journal Pediatrics, looked at the effects of adding exercise advice to a teen-focused smoking cessation program.
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