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In this issue:

Active Voice: Train the Developing Brain: Beyond Sets and Reps
Register Now: ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 2014 in Atlanta
Policy Corner: Congressional Briefings Highlight Issues, Guide Lawmakers
ACSM, Bi-Partisan Policy Center Host Conference on Physical Activity in Medical Curriculum
Get Up-To-The Minute Information Through ACSM Social Media
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Train the Developing Brain: Beyond Sets and Reps
By Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM and Gregory D. Myer, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.


Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM, is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey where his research interests focus on the health and fitness benefits of integrative strength and conditioning on children and adolescents.

Gregory. D. Myer, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Director of Research and the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Myer’s research interests focus on injury biomechanics, human performance, pediatric exercise science and preventive medicine.

This commentary presents Drs. Faigenbaum’s and Myer’s views associated with an article they coauthored with other colleagues and which appears in the September/October 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).

Nationwide, fewer school-age youth participate regularly in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the decline and disinterest in play and games appears to progress steadily after age six. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents is a major public health concern and the World Health Organization now recognizes physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality for non-communicable diseases. Yet, despite the fact that schools are an ideal setting for public health initiatives, daily physical education taught by well-trained specialists is provided in only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools in the United States (for added information, see: www.health.gov/paguidelines).

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Register Now: ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 2014 in Atlanta

The 2014 Summit is back at the Hilton Atlanta! You won’t want to miss the networking opportunities, exhibits and workouts. A wide range of disciplines are covered from nutrition, personal training and exercise program design, to sports medicine and professional development. By attending this meeting you’ll have the chance to not only listen to leaders in the Health and Fitness field talk about new advances and controversies, but you’ll also get to participate in hands-on workouts. If you’re interested in promoting health and fitness to people of all ages and capabilities, this meeting will expose you to a wide range of information and future job possibilities.

Register now for the 2014 ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 1-4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Policy Corner: Congressional Briefings Highlight Issues, Guide Lawmakers

A week after the latest shutdown showdown, the federal government is back in business. Two congressional briefings highlight ACSM’s policy plans for the next several weeks:
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30: “Worksite Health Promotion: Working Toward a Healthy Lifestyle”

    Hosted by ACSM and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion; supported by the Congressional Fitness Caucus (Reps. Ron Kind and Aaron Schock, co-chairs)
    2:30 p.m., Capital Visitor Center HVC 201

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: “Healthy & Safe Participation & Athletic Development in Youth Sports – A Call to Action”

    Hosted by ACSM and the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute; supported by the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus (Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike McIntyre, co-chairs)
    11:00 a.m. Youth Sports Caucus news conference (location TBA)
    2:00 p.m. briefing (location TBA)
Congressional briefings allow ACSM and partner organizations to share expertise on issues relating to the college’s policy agenda with Members of Congress and their staff. These events grow out of ongoing relationships and a two-way flow of information: ACSM alerts congressional offices to important issues, and Members and staff turn to the college for evidence-based guidelines as they make policy decisions.

ACSM members – particularly those in the Washington, DC area, are encouraged to attend any of these events. For more information about the ACSM policy program, contact Monte Ward, VP of Government Relations (mward@acsm.org).

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ACSM, Bi-Partisan Policy Center Host Conference on Physical Activity in Medical Curriculum


Dr. Donna Shalala, former HHS secretary

The American College of Sports Medicine, in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, recently held a conference in Washington, DC on "Teaching Nutrition and Physical Activity in Medical School: Training Doctors for Prevention-Oriented Care." Participants heard from notable speakers such as former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and former secretary of the Department of Agriculture Dan Glickman as they explained the importance of physical activity in the education of our nation's physicians. As was discussed during the conference, health care professionals are uniquely positioned to change the trend of Americans living with chronic illnesses through patient education, but unfortunately they often lack the training and incentives to deliver this guidance. If there is to be a shift in focus from curative to preventive care, the medical school curriculum must include nutrition and physical activity education.

In addition to the A-list speakers who outlined the issue, the conference also included smaller breakout sessions to provide participants (key organizations, insurers, licensing and certification board, community-based organizations) with the opportunity to discuss in-depth the next steps on solutions and implementation strategies. Several models for integrating healthy-lifestyle information were presented and discussed. More information about the conference – and soon a link to a video of the webcast – are available on the Bipartisan Policy Center website.

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Follow ACSM on social media to stay up to date on the latest ACSM happenings. Information about current events, research, meetings, certification, journals, policy and more is posted each week.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE 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.


Does Housework Count As Exercise?
Live Science
If you think doing household chores will save you a trip to the gym, you might want to think again.

A new study from Northern Ireland finds that people who report housework as part of their weekly exercise tend to be heavier than those who get their exercise through more traditional means.

In fact, the more time people said they spent performing housework as exercise (which they considered moderate to vigorous physical activity), the heavier they tended to be.

The findings are counterintuitive, the researchers said, because more physical activity — no matter what the form — should be linked with a lower weight, as long as people keep their calorie intake in check.

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Walking Can Be a Lifesaver, But Many Need to Pick Up Pace
USA Today
Regular exercise, such as brisk walking, may be one of the best prescriptions for improving your health, recent research confirms.

One study showed that taking a 15-minute moderate-paced (3 mph) walk about 30 minutes after a meal helped control blood sugar in people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Other research found that exercise may be as effective as medication in preventing early death in people who have had heart attacks or strokes.

About 25% of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, research shows.

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