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Meet your 2010 ACSM election candidates
Become a fan of ACSM on Facebook
Policy Corner: White House expresses commitment to NIH
ACSM meets with elected officials on AFI
Youth concussions issue takes center stage
ACSM remembers life of long-time Fellow
MSSE research bite: Exercise enhances health during breastfeeding
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Meet your 2010 ACSM election candidates
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The ACSM election is just around the corner – know your candidates now and be well-informed voters next spring. Click here to the meet the candidates.

You must be an ACSM member by Feb. 1 to be eligible to vote in the election. Eligible members will receive an e-mail and a postcard announcing the opening of the 2010 ACSM election. The e-mail and postcard will include information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password.

For questions, please contact Chris Sawyer at csawyer@acsm.org.

Become a fan of ACSM on Facebook
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ACSM has joined the ranks of Facebook – and members are encouraged to become fans of the ACSM page! Get the latest news and multimedia from the College and connect with other members and students. Click here to access your ACSM page (you may be prompted to log in to Facebook). Not on Facebook? It’s easy to join – just visit Facebook.com and sign up with basic contact information. More
Policy Corner: White House expresses commitment to NIH
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On Sept. 30, President Barack Obama expressed the White House’s strong commitment to research and medical innovation in an address to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A full $5 billion of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded to NIH to fund new research initiatives. ACSM has previously reached out to recently appointed NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to encourage him to focus a portion of that research on physical activity and prevention. An ACSM/NIH 2008 specialty conference centering on physical activity and research made great headway on this goal.

Read the transcript of President Obama's NIH address.

ACSM meets with elected officials on American Fitness Index™, healthy lifestyles
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Last week, James R. Whitehead, ACSM's Executive Vice President; Brenda Chamness, M.S., CHES, American Fitness Index (AFI) Program Officer; and Walter Thompson, Ph.D, FACSM, who also serves as chair of ACSM’s AFI, were in Washington D.C. for meetings regarding the AFI. In the afternoon, the three traveled to Capitol Hill for meetings with key Congressional staff on the importance of including healthy lifestyle initiatives in health care reform. More
Youth concussion issue takes center stage
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At the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle, the College announced its commitment to safer and more effective concussion management for young athletes – an announcement cemented by the passage of a Washington state law requiring athletes to be removed from play after suffering a suspected concussion until examined by a medical professional. The initiative continues to gain ground, with Stan Herring, M.D., FACSM, diligently meeting with schools and elected officials to increase concussion education.

A main driver of Dr. Herring's inspiration has been Zackery Lystedt, a Washington teenager who suffered a debilitating head injury in a middle-school football game after returning to play following a suspected concussion. The Washington state legislation was named the "Lystedt Law" in his honor. Recently, Zackery's story was featured on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (and was previously highlighted on the CBS Evening News). ACSM will continue to work with elected officials and the media to encourage the passage of appropriate federal legislation and to bring needed attention to this issue. Look for updates in future editions of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

ACSM remembers life of long-time fellow
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ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing of a 43-year member, Herbert de Vries, Ph.D., FACSM. Dr. de Vries was a 1991 ACSM Citation Award winner and was one of the world’s foremost muscle and exercise physiologists throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He served as an ACSM Vice President from 1967 to 1968 and held numerous committee leadership positions with the College. He was 92.
MSSE research bite: Exercise enhances health during breastfeeding
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New mothers who are breastfeeding their babies may need more aerobic and resistance exercise in order to combat temporary bone loss caused by calcium depletion, says a recently published study from the American College of Sports Medicine. More

Exercise and Science Headlines

Dementia risk seen in NFL players in study
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A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league's former players vastly more often than in the national population -- including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49. More
Obesity in middle age bodes ill for old age
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Women who are obese in middle age may live to be at least 70 but they are nowhere near as healthy as women who kept in good shape, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. More

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