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In this issue:

Season's Greetings from ACSM
Shape the Next Generation of ACSM Leaders – Give to the ACSM Foundation Today
Clinicians: Help Your Patients Walk Their Way to Better Health in the New Year
Video Available from ACSM Climate Change and Health Event
In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
In Memoriam: Barbara N. Campaigne (Boot), Ph.D., FACSM, Former ACSM Staff Member
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Season's Greetings from ACSM

The American College of Sports Medicine wishes you a happy and healthy holiday and new year!

Note: SMB will run two special holiday issues, today and Dec. 30, and will return to its usual format on Jan. 6. The ACSM National Center will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.


Shape the Next Generation of ACSM Leaders — Give to the ACSM Foundation Today
Did you know that the ACSM Foundation provided more than $200,000 in grants and awards to deserving researchers, students, residents, fellows and applied professionals in 2014? As impressive as this is, we'd like to do more. Your support of the ACSM Foundation is crucial to the continued advancement of our developing professionals through important awards, grants and educational programs.

As 2014 draws to a close, please consider a gift to the ACSM Foundation. Your donation this holiday season will help shape the next generation of leaders in the field and ensure that ACSM's top-notch research, education, advocacy and certifications will continue for years to come. Give today at


Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM
ACSM Foundation President

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Clinicians: Help Your Patients Walk their Way to Better Health in the New Year
Every Body Walk! is a campaign aimed at getting more Americans up and moving. With your help, we can spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve one's overall health and prevent disease.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is working with Kaiser Permanente and other partners to drive awareness of the Every Body Walk! 30 Minutes to Better Health initiative to clinicians and other medical professionals. Together with Kaiser Permanente, ACSM developed new resources for talking to patients about walking. The materials are able to be cobranded with your organization.

Visit the ACSM website to download the Every Body Walk! brochure and request free walking Rx pads: Walk the talk and take action today for your health and your patients in 2015!

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  New LC7 for Performance Testing

Monark Sports & Medical bikes are designed and built in Sweden by Monark Exercise AB with focus on testing and training in Medicine, Sports, Healthcare and Rehabilitation. Monark has over 100 years of experience in bicycle production. A tradition that has yielded know-how, experience, and a real feel for the product and quality.

Video Available from ACSM Climate Change and Health Event
You can now watch all of the proceedings (links below) from the ACSM-collaborative program "A Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health" held earlier this fall in New York City, in conjunction with the United Nations Summit on Climate, which occurred the next day. The event featured, among many others, Lancet Editor Richard Horton, Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and former Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

The physical activity community was well-represented at the event that brought together a prestigious group of U.S. and international experts and panelists. A major focus was how physical activity contributes to personal and public health, a cleaner environment and economic development.

Be sure to watch for the conclusions and key directions identified by global government and policy leaders throughout the day that will set the stage for future actions.

We'd also like to invite you to join ACSM's new ActivEarth initiative that was announced at the event. If you're passionate about physical activity and share the ActivEarth vision to strengthen the environment and the economy through active transportation, you can sign up and get involved. Please also share with us at how you might like to be involved with ActivEarth as an ACSM member or how your current occupation is directly related to active transportation and the complementary benefits to health, the environment or the economy. The 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for an in-person meeting about ActivEarth.

Thanks for your commitment to promoting physical activity wherever your steps take you!

Access the video home page menu or individual sessions here (Note: you will need to register one time for each video):

Session 1: Overview of the Health Risks of Climate Change

Session 2: Panel: Diet for Sustainable Planet: Reimagining Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Amidst Climate Change

Session 3: Panel: Sustainable Communities, Active Lives: Active Transportation and Urban Design

Session 4: Panel: Clearing The Air: The Health and Climate Benefits of Cleaner Energy

Session 5: Closing Keynote & Summary of the Day

Session 6: Interactive Session: Catalyzing Action: Putting Health at The Center of Addressing Climate Change

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In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
ACSM has partnered with to bring you the Train Your Body radio show — a unique health website broadcast sharing important wellness and fitness information in a conversational talk radio style with real time audio streaming 24/7. Each week, ACSM experts discuss their areas of expertise with the show's host, Melanie Cole, an exercise physiologist herself. Listen live each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST, or peruse and download past episodes on your computer, tablet or other device here.

Highlights from November's shows include:

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In Memoriam: Barbara N. Campaigne (Boot), Ph.D., FACSM, Former ACSM Staff Member
The college notes with sadness the passing of Barbara Campaigne, Ph.D., FACSM, former director of research at ACSM. Her career also included a faculty appointment at University of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, scientific research and writing for Eli Lilly and Company and adjunct faculty appointment at Indiana University. She was involved in many related professional organizations and was an author of and contributor to many books and scientific publications. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held January 17th in Bloomington, Ind. Information and services and memorial gifts is available at
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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.

Retirement: New Year's Resolutions for Wealth, Health
USA Today
New Year's is nearly upon us, and that's when many people — including retirees — make resolutions. What's yours? Saving money? Getting in better shape? To help retirees come up with some creative resolutions, USA TODAY asked five leading national experts to offer their ideas. Here are their suggestions:

Dallas Salisbury, 65, CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute: My New Year's resolutions for myself and others are the same. For every added hour, day, week, month, year that you are able:

Dallas Salisbury recommends reviewing your financial plan.

  • Focus on being healthy today with attitude, exercise, natural food, plenty of sleep and quality time and communication with extended family. Get the most happiness with minimal stress out of today.
  • Review your income and spending plan so that you are reminded of how much you can spend today, this week, this month and this year, in order to limit current and future financial stress.
  • Stay alert today to any person who appears to need help or assistance and place a priority taking the time to do whatever you can to make that person's day and life better.

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