Sports Medicine Bulletin
June. 22, 2010

Active Voice: 'Man's Best Friend' Friendly to Fitness

Active Voice is an periodic column by ACSM experts in science, medicine, and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM. This commentary is based on a presentation at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting.

Loretta DiPietro, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Science within The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Her research focus includes the effects of exercise on insulin sensitivity and glycemic control in aging.

Regular physical activity is a key counter-measure against excessive weight gain and consequent risk of numerous chronic conditions. However, most American adults do not meet the recommended federal physical activity guidelines of at least 150 minutes of activity per week. An innovative approach to promoting a more active lifestyle among the population may be to incorporate dog walking into the daily routine. In 2007, there were approximately 72 million dogs owned as pets in the United States, with 37 percent of households owning at least one dog. Given these statistics, as well as the fact that walking is the most prevalent physical activity reported worldwide, the public health impact of including dogs into a regular walking program appears substantial.More

Advance Program for Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference

Attend the ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise! Browse the advance program for details on keynoters and sessions in this information-packed conference, to be held Sept. 22-25, 2010, in Miami Beach, Fla. Discounted pre-registration is available; click here. The conference tailors to all professionals interested in cutting-edge, rapid research developments in exercise physiology. More

New ACSM Member Benefits Provide Discounts on Health Screenings, Vacations, More

Take advantage of new discounts offered to ACSM members! Log on to your MyACSM account at to view more details about these new benefits. Prevention health screenings, discounts on vacations and wireless phones, and prescription savings are just a few of the benefits offered.More

ACSM Mourns Loss of Member Marla Richmond, M.S.

ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing of Marla Richmond, M.S., an 11-year member of the College. In addition to a 20+-year career as a practicing exercise physiologist, Richmond authored The Physiology Storybook: An Owner's Manual for the Human Body, a text that was released in its 2nd edition in 2006 and served as a resource for first-year medical students at Northwestern University. Richmond was a regular columnist for various Chicago-area newspapers. ACSM sends its deepest condolences to Richmond’s family, friends and colleagues.More

Policy Corner: PEP Program Threatened

Proposal Would Weaken Funding Physical Education

The Administration has proposed significant changes to the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) this year, seeking to consolidate it with five other programs into a new "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students" authority. Tens of thousands of students stand to benefit from these grants of $100 million in FY 2011, the only federal grant program to help initiate, improve and expand school-based physical activity for children. It is vital to maintain PEP as a stand-alone program with funding as this may be the only funding that school physical education programs receive. What can you do?More

Exploring the Links between Depression and Weight Gain
The New York Times
Obesity and depression often go hand in hand. But does being obese make people depressed, or can depression cause weight gain?More

Exercise Might Aid Asthma Control: Study
Adults whose asthma is not fully controlled by medication might gain some benefits from adding an exercise routine to their lives, a small study suggests.More