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Active Voice: 'Sarcopenic Obesity' – The Plague of Aging Baby Boomers?
ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program: Opportunity for ACSM Minority
  Professional and Student Members
Students: Last Chance to Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship
Apply Now for 2015 Gatorade Sports Science Institute Awards
Organizational Leaders: Take the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity
Member Benefit: Save 25 Percent on Car Rentals and Hotels for Holiday Getaways
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


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Active Voice: 'Sarcopenic Obesity' — The Plague of Aging Baby Boomers?
By David M. Gundermann, Ph.D, and Todd M. Manini, Ph.D., FACSM

Todd M. Manini, Ph.D., FACSM

David M. Gundermann, Ph.D
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Drs. David Gundermann and Todd Manini are geriatric exercise scientists in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida. Their research focuses on enhancing skeletal muscle for preventing physical disability in late life. Both are members of ACSM and are actively involved with research to treat obesity and sarcopenia. Dr. Manini serves on ACSM’s Strategic Health Initiative on Aging Committee and has received an award from the ACSM’s Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for epidemiological research on physical activity.

Over the next 20 years, the aging of the population and obesity epidemic will collide. These two aircraft carriers of health burden are expected to lead to the nation’s growing health issues. First, aging is associated with a dramatic and progressive loss of muscle mass and quality, which partly leads to a diminished functional ability, increased susceptibility to disease and a declining physical quality of life leading to the possibility of physical dependence. Individuals who lose significant muscle mass are considered to be sarcopenic and, as a result, they typically have low appendicular lean mass relative to body height. Second, advancing age leads to their increased susceptibility to weight gain that contributes to development of obesity, along with a host of cardiovascular, metabolic and functional consequences. Accordingly, there has been a rising concern that older adults who possess both low amounts of appendicular muscle and high levels of adipose tissue are particularly vulnerable to physical disability and health consequences. Low levels of muscle relative to the total fat mass clearly predisposes to metabolic dysregulation and biomechanical disadvantages in performing tasks of daily life against gravity (e.g., stair climbing, chair rising, etc…)

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ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program: Opportunity for ACSM Minority Professional and Student Members
ACSM is currently taking applications for the college's Leadership & Diversity Training Program. This program will allow minority members to connect with educators, researchers, clinicians and health and fitness professionals. Accepted participants will receive complimentary travel and registration to ACSM's Annual Meeting in San Diego. Program participants will enhance their ACSM involvement by attending regional and national meetings as well as participating in ACSM service activities. Participants at each level will be mentored to pursue ACSM professional presentations, publications and, eventually, ACSM fellowship. This program offers minority professional and student members the ability to remain involved with ACSM from student member through ACSM fellowship. Applications are due by February 2, 2015.

For an application, click here.

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Students: Last Chance to Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship
The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the tenth consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year and who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness and/or education.

ACSM will provide $1,000 to each winner, and Healthy Learning™ will provide a $1,000 credit to be used in the ACSM store to purchase DVDs, books or wearables. The recipients also receive complimentary registration to ACSM's 2015 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, which will be held March 31-April 3, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. Visit www.acsmsummit.org to apply. The deadline is November 14, 2014.

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Apply Now for 2015 Gatorade Sports Science Institute Awards
ACSM is proud to partner with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) to offer three awards that recognize outstanding young professionals and help foster research in sports nutrition and exercise physiology. These awards offer travel and research opportunities to a new generation of ACSM researchers and scientists.

The deadline to apply for all three awards is February 2, 2015.

GSSI – ACSM Young Scholar Travel Award
Two students in sports nutrition or exercise physiology will be selected for this reimbursement award for travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting.

GSSI – ACSM Young Investigator Award
This $3,000 award will recognize a junior scientist (age 32 or younger) in the field of sports medicine and/or exercise science whose work will be presented at the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting.

GSSI – ACSM Sport Nutrition Award
This $2,500 award will recognize innovative research presented at the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting that translates sports nutrition science for sports health professionals and athletes.

Additional information on the awards, including submission requirements and application forms, can be found at http://www.acsm.org/find-continuing-education/awards-grants/specialty-awards.

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Organizational Leaders: Take the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity
The CEO Pledge is an evidence-based strategy for promoting a culture of physical activity within an organization. Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe that creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, then employees are more likely to be physically active.

The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). The CEO Pledge campaign strives for three outcomes:

  1. Align America's decision-making leaders — CEOs, executive directors, deans, presidents, etc.—around the importance of physical activity as a driver of employee health, employee morale and business performance
  2. Create a cultural norm of supportive work environments for physical activity
  3. Increase the number of Americans whose level of physical activity is positively influenced by worksite policies
The roster of CEO Pledge signers includes leaders of Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofits, national universities, world-class hospitals, manufacturers, service organizations and innovative small businesses. To view a complete list of CEO Pledge signers or learn more, please visit www.ncppa.org/ceo-Pledge-0.

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Member Benefit: Save 25 Percent on Car Rentals and Hotels for Holiday Getaways
Planning a vacation this winter? Did you know you can save up to 25 percent on car rentals and hotel rooms with your exclusive member discounts provided by ACSM? You also have access to discounts and great deals on cruises and vacation packages! Visit the ACSM Vacation Center to find out more and start saving today! Use promo code ACSM to receive discount.
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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.


Body Weight Training Projected as Top Fitness Trend for 2015
San Francisco Chronicle
If you're thinking of trying a new fitness craze in 2015, get ready for push-ups, planks, lunges and squats. This type of training, which uses your own body weight for resistance, is projected to be the top fitness trend in the coming year, according to a report from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Body weight training, which first made the top 20 list in fitness trends two years ago, doesn't require equipment and can be done at home, making it accessible to the masses, the report says.

These are the college's ninth annual fitness trend rankings, published in the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. They're based on survey responses of more than 3,400 personal trainers, fitness instructors, doctors and exercise experts around the world.

Body weight training takes over the No.1 spot from this year's champ, high-intensity interval training, which involves short bursts of intensive cardio exercise followed by short periods of rest. Though high-intensity interval training has fallen to second, some survey respondents questioned whether this training has staying power because it's been linked to more injuries than less-intensive activities.

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Finding Time for Fitness: Parents Figure Out Ways to Add Some Exercise into an Already Packed Schedule
The News Star
In between children's athletic practices, 50-hour workweeks, church activities, game days, community events and perhaps just 15 minutes to breathe, it can be nearly impossible to fit exercise in each day.

If a parent does have a few minutes carved out of the day, the likelihood he or she has the energy to complete a circuit of burpees can be slim to none.

"Our lifestyle is so sedentary now; we need to be active and stay moving," said Michelle Mielke, wellness coordinator with the Apple Creek YMCA in Appleton, Wisconsin. "Thirty minutes is recommended five to seven days a week by the American College of Sports Medicine. They're finding obesity rates are just sky-rocketing because we're sitting. We're doing more computer work, and we're not getting that activity."

Hanna and Joel Helein of Appleton have two children — Cooper, 12, and Moira, 10. Both say that before having children, it was easier to stay active.

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