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In this issue:

Active Voice: Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Alcohol Consumption, and Metabolic Syndrome
Don’t Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
Policy Corner: Mid-Course Report on PA Guidelines
Fitness Industry Technology Council Issues Caloric Burn Data RFP
Exercise is Medicine® Program Officer Job Opening
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


 


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Active Voice: Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Alcohol Consumption, and Metabolic Syndrome
By Kerem Shuval, Ph.D., and Carolyn E. Barlow, M.S.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Kerem Shuval is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, a member of the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas), and a member of The Cooper Institute - UT Southwestern Physical Activity/Physical Fitness Working Group. His research interests are physical activity epidemiology and the effects of prolonged sedentary behavior on morbidity and mortality. He is also interested in examining novel ways to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary time in community and clinical settings.

Carolyn E. Barlow is a director at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, where she has worked since graduating with a master’s degree in Wellness and Fitness. Mrs. Barlow is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Texas - School of Public Health where her dissertation work examines the relationship between sedentary behavior and cardiometabolic risk factors for chronic disease.

Both Dr. Shuval and Mrs. Barlow are ACSM members and the following commentary reflects their views relating to the research article which they and their colleagues presented in the November 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

The Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), a constellation of metabolic risk factors, is associated with increased risk for developing type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. With the onset of diabetes, the risk for cardiovascular diseases increases even further. MetS is defined as meeting three or more of the following criteria: abdominal obesity; high triglycerides; low HDL-cholesterol; high blood pressure, and high fasting glucose. While research has consistently shown beneficial effects of achieving moderate to high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness on reduced risk for MetS, the findings on effects of alcohol intake on MetS have been inconsistent. Therefore, we embarked on a study to examine the impact of both cardiorespiratory fitness and alcohol intake on MetS. In our related research report recently published in MSSE, we examined this question among 3411 apparently healthy men who visited the Cooper Clinic (Dallas) for at least two preventive medicine examinations.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
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The November/December issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports is now available online. Check out the two free featured articles at www.acsm-csmr.org. The featured articles for this issue include, “Diabetes in the Competitive Athlete,” by George D. Harris, M.D., M.S. and Russell D. White, MD, FACSM and “Common Medical Problems of Instrumental Athletes” by Paul T. Schaefer, M.D., M.M. and Jennine Speier, M.D., M.S. The articles are available for free only until January 10.

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit.

Interested in print? ACSM members can purchase a print subscription of Current Sports Medicine Reports for only $15 per year. Contact ACSM Membership at 317.637.9200 x309 or email membership@acsm.org for details.




Policy Corner: Mid-Course Report on PA Guidelines
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ACSM has been a leader in advocating for an active America. To that end, ACSM is a strong supporter of physical activity guidelines. In the fall of 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first ever comprehensive guidelines on physical activity. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is intended to provide science-based guidance to help all Americans improve their health through appropriate physical activity.

In order to keep the guidelines pertinent, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within HHS and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) convened a subcommittee to review the evidence on strategies to increase physical activity among youth ages 3-17. The subcommittee included several ACSM members and they should be applauded for their efforts. The subcommittee's report, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-course Report: Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity Among Youth, is now available for public comment until Monday, December 10th at 9:00 am EST. A link to the report and info about the comment process is available here.

Written comments on the report may be either emailed to PhysicalActivityGuidelines@hhs.gov or mailed to Katrina Butner, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100, Rockville, MD 20852. For those submitting written comments of more than 5 pages in length, please provide a 1-page summary of key points related to the comments submitted.

The subcommittee expects to release the final report in 2013.


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Fitness Industry Technology Council Issues Caloric Burn Data RFP
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The Fitness Industry Technology Council (FIT-C), a non-profit membership organization of leading organizations in the fitness industry, has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) related to its Caloric Burn Data standards work. The group also announced its schedule of activities at the upcoming Club Industry show in Las Vegas (Oct. 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center).

FIT-C’s mission is to grow the fitness industry by improving the fitness equipment user experience and maturing the collection of real-time wellness data through the creation of interoperability standards for technology-based fitness devices. Membership in FIT-C is open to all interested organizations.
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Exercise is Medicine® Program Officer Job Opening
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Exercise is Medicine® is seeking to fill the position of Program Officer. EIM is a global health initiative that is committed to the goal of improving public and patient health, and transforming health care systems in the United States and worldwide. This professional position requires relocation to Indianapolis and a terminal degree - ideally in public health, although a physical activity-related field will also be considered. Click here for a full job description. Those interested should send cover letter with résumé, writing sample, a list of at least three references and salary history to: abean@acsm.org – or mail to ACSM Human Resources Officer, P.O. Box 1440, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440 or fax to: 317 352-3890. EOE.
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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.


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Pedometers Play Up Every Step You Take
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Pedometers have ticked off many miles since Leonardo da Vinci sketched his version, essentially a pendulum for walkers, in the 15th century.

While step counting will never be a magic fitness pill, experts say this most pedestrian of gadgets can put extra spring in an ambulatory routine.

"Just as a watch can't make a person be on time, a pedometer can't make a person active," said Dr. Barbara Bushman, an exercise specialist and personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). "But it's a good tool for promoting physical activity."
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Older Generation Staying Active, Keeping Fit
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Tama Brynes of Simpsonville has always been active in some way or another — whether it was playing sports in college or working out with exercise videos while a stay-at-home mom.

But she never imagined herself cycling up hills, running 12 miles and participating in a series of triathlons. The 56-year-old mother of three and her husband, Steve, are fitter than a lot of folks half their age. Earlier this year, she placed third in her age group in the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vt.
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