Sports Medicine Bulletin
May. 15, 2012

Active Voice: The Built Environment and Physical Activity
By Brian E. Saelens, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Brian E. Saelens, Ph.D., is an investigator at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. A member of ACSM, Dr. Saelens focuses his research on environmental factors and policies that impact physical activity, dietary behavior, and obesity. He also examines the efficacy of behavioral interventions for overweight children. See the April 2012 issue of ACSM’s Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE) for a research article he coauthored titled “Neighborhood Environment and Psychosocial Correlates of Adults’ Physical Activity”.

Physical inactivity ranks among the leading contributors to morbidity and premature mortality in the U.S. Most U.S. adults continue to struggle with not getting the amount of daily physical activity recommended for achieving and sustaining health. This public health concern requires approaches that have population impacts. This has led to a growing interest during the past 10 years to examine issues beyond individual factors and programmatic interventions, in efforts to understand how one’s surrounding environment influences physical activity.More

Annual Meeting Attendees: Download Abstracts Electronically before Arriving in San Francisco

ACSM is providing new, convenient download options to access this year’s abstracts depending on your electronic device and preference.

Only those attendees who requested the abstracts in hard copy format will receive hard copies of the abstract section on-site. All attendees will receive a hard copy of the Final Program without abstracts on-site. Connectivity on-site will be limited.


PDFs - - Download the Final Program materials in PDF format.

Web - - Use the searchable Online Program Planner to search by session type, session title, presentation title, author name, institution and more. Plus, you can filter your results by day and create your own personal itinerary for the meeting.

E-reader - - Download abstracts in e-reader format (available for most e-readers).

iPad/iPhone app - - (for Apple Devices only with Safari browsers, current generation iPhones and iPads) - Download the abstracts using the Annual Meeting program app. NOTE: You will need to confirm a message allowing the app to increase your browser's storage. Space will be recovered once the app is purged at a later date.

Bookmark the official Annual Meeting mobile site for up-to-date announcements, news, schedule, room numbers and more at The moble site will be available for devices with web browsers, including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.More

Policy Corner: ACSM's Seat at the Table

While the ACSM National Center and its exceptional staff have been located in Indianapolis since 1984, the heart of the College is at work in laboratories, classrooms and clinics around the world. One important nexus is Washington, DC, where policy makers, thought leaders and association executives are as plentiful as the cherry blossoms at springtime.

Jim Whitehead, executive vice president of ACSM, is a familiar presence in Washington, both on Capitol Hill and at meetings of the many coalitions and associations concerned with health policy and advocacy. SMB caught up with him after a trifecta of meetings in the nation’s capital.More

A Snapshot of Success: Hospital in Abu Dhabi focuses on EIM

ACSM’S Exercise is Medicine® expanded its reach around the globe on April 30 by commemorating the opening of the Burjeel Fitness Center at Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The Exercise is Medicine conference discussed strategies to include prescription of physical activity and exercise a standard part of the disease management protocol.

Dr. Adrian Hutber, Vice President, Exercise is Medicine, presented the 'Effect of physical activity and the prevention and treatment of chronic disease' as well as general insights on the Exercise is Medicine initiative.

"The Exercise is Medicine Global Health Initiative is delighted to be able to begin collaborating with our friends in the United Arab Emirates who share the vision that the benefits of physical activity to prevent and treat chronic disease should be integrated into health care systems. We are honored to be working with the Burjeel Hospital system to bring these benefits to the citizens of Abu Dhabi," said Dr. Hutber.

Join the Burjeel Hospital in proactive prevention of chronic diseases and practice Exercise is Medicine. Learn more at

Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports

Did you know Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM, selects two articles to feature in each issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports free of charge? Check out the two featured articles from the May/June 2012 issue at Featured articles for this issue include, “Exertional Heat Stroke: New Concepts Regarding Cause and Care,” by Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM; Lawrence E. Armstrong, PhD, FACSM; Glen P. Kenny, PhD; Francis G. O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACSM; and Robert A. Huggins, MEd, ATC, and “The Barefoot Debate: Can Minimalist Shoes Reduce Running-related Injuries?” by Jeffrey Rixe, BA; Robert A. Gallo, MD; and Matthew L. Silvis, MD. The articles are available only for the duration of the issue, so get them today!

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 for details.More

Risk 'part of the game,' area pros say
Chicago Tribune
Amini Silatolu will report to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday for rookie mini-camp.

The Panthers selected the West High, Delta College and Midwestern State offensive lineman in the second round of the NFL Draft on April 28.

"I'm not focused on anything but playing right now," said the 40th overall pick in the draft.

Yet the 23-year-old Tracy resident is entering the NFL at an unprecedented stage, when the violent nature of the sport and its effects on players are being widely examined, debated and challenged. More

Exercise might improve survival in breast and colon cancer
Medscape News
Physical activity is associated with improved survival in people with breast and colon cancer, according to American investigators who performed a systematic literature review on the subject.

"Not surprisingly, physical activity is associated with improved overall survival; it has also been shown for many other diseases, like heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes," lead author Rachel Ballard-Barbash, MD, MPH, from the division of cancer control and population sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a interview with Medscape Medical News. More