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Active Voice: Lie, Sit, Stand or Ambulate? The Measurement of Body Postures
ACSM in Key Role with Project Play Report Released Yesterday
Enter Student Video Contest to Win Annual Meeting Registration
Call For Proposals: National Walking Summit
NWI Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist and Program Manager
  Certification Programs to be held March 27-30, 2015 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Reminder: Webinar on Insights into the New Congress: Science, Policy, and Professions
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: Lie, Sit, Stand or Ambulate? The Measurement of Body Postures
By David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. David R. Bassett, Jr., is an exercise physiologist and researcher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. His research focuses on the validity and reliability of objective measurements of physical activity, cross-sectional studies of the relationship between physical activity and health, and behavioral interventions.

This commentary presents Dr. Bassett’s views on the topic related to a research article which he and colleagues authored. Their research article appears in the October 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

There are many ways to group activities that people perform in everyday life in order to quantify and describe their physical activity so that it is easily reported and understood. For instance, activities are often grouped by intensity level (sedentary, light, moderate and vigorous). But another method is to group activities by the body postures people assume when performing them (lying down, sitting, standing and ambulating). “Postural allocation” refers to the amount of time people spend each day in different postures. Researchers are becoming convinced that the amount of time spent sitting may influence our health.

The activPAL™ (PALtechnologies, Glasgow, Scotland) is a miniature device worn on the thigh. Roughly the size of a USB thumb drive, it has a miniature tri-axial accelerometer that senses dynamic accelerations produced by human movements, as well as static acceleration due to gravity. The accelerometer in this device can detect the angle of incline of the thigh, allowing it to distinguish between lying/sitting, standing and ambulating. However, since the thigh is horizontal when sitting and lying down, it cannot differentiate these two body postures.
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ACSM in Key Role with Project Play Report Released Yesterday
Yesterday, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addressed a national leadership and innovation group at the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Summit in Indian Wells, California. Clinton encouraged and supported new approaches to promoting physical activity and sports as well as overall wellness and health. The Aspen Institute collaboration called Project Play, focused on transforming the youth sports experience and accessibility, released a comprehensive call to action during the Summit. ACSM has played a key role in the Project Play effort since its beginning. The plan is entitled Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game and is available here. View this PDF to print the report or visit this link to purchase a copy. ACSM has played a key role in the Project Play effort since its beginning. A Project Play Summit of national and international thought leaders will be held in Washington, DC at the famed Newseum on Wednesday, February 25. For more information about the summit, go to
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Enter Student Video Contest to Win Annual Meeting Registration
Students: Are you planning on attending the 2015 ACSM annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.? If so, here is your chance to help promote physical activity to conference participants or show what you have done in your community to support the ActivEarth initiative, with a chance to win $500 and a free conference registration! To participate, simply submit a video that gets everyone excited about walking during breaks and during the entire Annual Meeting.

The grand prize winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting* and $500**, and their submission will be displayed prominently at the meeting. Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, will present the $500 to the winner if in attendance. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting, and the second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016 meeting.

Get those creative juices flowing to encourage conference participants to get moving while attending the meeting. Deadline to enter is March 2. View more information on the ActivEarth initiative at

Click here to view the winning video from 2014!

*Registration fee will be refunded after the meeting if the winner is already registered.

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Call for Proposals: National Walking Summit
The Every Body Walk! Collaborative and America Walks are excited to host the 2nd National Walking Summit in Washington, D.C., on October 28-30, 2015. The summit is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies and disciplines working to increase walking and make our communities safer, attractive and accessible for walking. Please click here to find more information about the summit, or email America Walks' Program Manager, Susan Lyon at

The Summit Program Committee is seeking individuals and groups to actively participate in the summit. The committee is looking for sessions that emphasize action-oriented and results-driven programs, policies and best practices to promote walking and walkability on all fronts. Sessions will engage and propel participants’ work to improve conditions that increase the walkability of, and promote walking in, communities.

To learn more about this opportunity and download the application, please click here.

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NWI Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist and Program Manager Certification Programs to be held March 27-30, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz.
The National Wellness Institute (NWI) Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) and Program Manager (CWWPM) certification programs focus on the importance of changing the organizational culture to ensure long-term results and use the most current information and research in the field. Certification requires a two-day, in-person training for each program followed by an online exam. Participants who receive a passing grade on the certification exam hold the initial certification(s) for three years.

ACSM and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, an ACSM affiliate society, are pleased to partner with the National Wellness Institute to offer certification workshops prior to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Both workshops will be held in the Curtis Room of the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Visit the NWI website to learn more about these programs or to register today.

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Reminder: Webinar on Insights into the New Congress: Science, Policy, and Professions
Don't miss the upcoming ACSM-sponsored webinar, "Superhighway or roadblock: Outlook for New Congress, Physical Activity, Policy and Advocacy." Held next Monday, February 2 from 10:00-11:00 EST, this webinar will engage participants with a thorough discussion and expert presenters with insights into the new Congress. Moderated by ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead, the webinar will feature the following:

To register for the webinar, click HERE. For more information, contact Monte Ward at

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Back to Basic Exercise: Push-Ups, Squats Hot Again
USA Today
Fitness fads from Zumba to spin classes come and go, but push-ups never go out of style. The same goes for squats, pull-ups, crunches and planks.

So how can such body-weight exercises – basic moves that make you push, pull or otherwise carry your own weight – be the biggest fitness trend of 2015?

The answer is that these fitness basics are "low cost, low maintenance," and they work for everyone from exercise newbies to fitness pros, says Walter Thompson, a professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University. Thompson is the author of an annual report on worldwide fitness trends from the American College of Sports Medicine.

The report for 2015, based on a survey of 3,403 fitness professionals, predicts that body weight exercises will be the top trend for the year, just outpacing last year's leader, high-intensity interval training – short intense bursts of exercise with rest or less intense moves in between. The trends are related: high-intensity work-outs, such as CrossFit, typically include lots of body weight moves. So do other popular workouts, such as boot camp classes.

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ACSM Survey Predicts Rise of Wellness Coaching in 2015
Athletic Business
When Anna Ward was a teenager, she enjoyed being athletic. She played lacrosse and field hockey, ran cross country and participated on a competitive jump rope team.

But when she left high school, she not only stopped being active but basically shut down.

"I lost my spark," recalls Ward, now 23. "I was always tired. I woke up not excited about my day and just didn't feel like I had that spark. But I didn't know why."

She was studying for a degree in photography, which she loves, but couldn't do the work and the school "started to grumble." And she started gaining weight.

"I was eating when I was bored. I was eating when I was happy. I was eating when I was tired. I wasn't eating because I was hungry," she says, noting that her parents, who are active and healthy, became concerned.

Then she found out about health coach Katie Ashley through the school Ward worked, Sundrops Montessori in Charleston, South Carolina.

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