Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jul. 8, 2014

Active Voice: What Today's Worksite Wellness Practitioners Are Paid
By David Chenoweth, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David Chenoweth, Ph.D., FAWHP, is professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he directed the worksite health promotion academic program for nearly three decades. Currently, he is president of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc. Over the past 34 years, Dr. Chenoweth has conducted wellness program, policy and risk factor-specific cost management evaluations for organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe. David was a contributing author to ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies, 2nd Edition eBook.

This commentary presents Dr. Chenoweth's views on the topic of an article which he and his colleagues authored for the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal (HFIT). The article, "Practical Implications: National Compensation Survey of Worksite Wellness Practitioners," appears in the July-August issue of HFIT.”

Salary surveys have been common for quite a while, especially for occupations such as human resources, benefits, risk management and occupational health and safety. However, it's only been in the past two decades that salary surveys have been conducted among worksite wellness practitioners – in fact, only five such surveys have been published in worksite wellness venues since 1997.

One of the most noticeable differences between our survey and previous worksite wellness salary surveys is the target population – in terms of size and composition. In fact, respondents to our survey represent all 50 states and a large cross-section of worksite wellness and affiliated health management personnel. We found that most respondents with a primary responsibility in worksite wellness also work in one [and sometimes two] other affiliated health management areas such as human resources, benefits, safety and occupational health.More

ACSM, NCAA Develop New Guidelines to Protect Student-Athletes

The NCAA announced new inter-association guidelines yesterday that address three critical issues concerning the safety of collegiate student-athletes: diagnosis and management of sport-related concussion, year-round football practice contact and independent medical care. ACSM was asked to serve as an adviser by the NCAA and was instrumental in the development of the guidelines.

"ACSM has become a key strategic partner to the NCAA Sport Science Institute," said NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline, MD. "As we advance to new frontiers of promoting and developing college student-athlete health and safety in an inter-association model, it is important and gratifying to know that ACSM is working side-by-side as a sports medicine adviser and partner."

ACSM leadership endorsed the final guidelines without reservation. "These guidelines will lead to important advances with the welfare of the student-athlete in mind," said CEO Jim Whitehead. "ACSM was honored to be a part of the development process, and applauds the NCAA, the College Athletic Trainers Society and the leading sports medicine and sports science organizations for making measurable and historic progress in improving the health and safety of college athletes nationwide."

The guidelines are an outcome of the Safety in College Football Summit that was held in January. Steve Herring, MD, FACSM of the University of Washington Medical Center represented ACSM in the project. The summit set key directions for the development of the guidelines.

"The real key here is prevention," said William Dexter, MD, president of ACSM from 2013-2014 and a sports medicine specialist in Portland, ME. "NCAA, working with top sports medicine organizations and with its institutional members and conferences, did an excellent job of creating safety and contact guidelines that strike an effective balance between protecting student-athletes and giving teams the freedom to adequately prepare for game day."

Hainline expressed appreciation for ACSM's expertise and the value it brings to the table. "ACSM understands the foundational value of integrating scientific research and evidence-based data into the practical application of providing education and guidelines for our student-athletes."

For more on the guidelines,
read the article in the NCAA's Champion Magazine.More

Policy Corner: Senator Tom Harkin Thanks ACSM for Recognition of Lifetime Achievement as a Congressional Champion of Health and Wellness (Video)

ACSM recently recognized U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring from Congress, for his career achievements in health policymaking and for his continuous efforts to shape a healthier America.

Sen. Harkin has long believed that in America, we have a "sick care" system, not a health care system. Rather than treating people once they get sick, he believes that we should remove the barriers to a healthy lifestyle, reduce chronic disease and rein in the high cost of health care, creating a "wellness society" in America.

He has done this in two ways — As chairman of the Senate panel that funds medical research, he led the effort between 1998 and 2003 (in tandem with Sen. Arlen Specter) to double funding for research into cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and other diseases. Also, as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, he crafted the prevention and wellness title of the health reform bill, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

View a video message from Sen. Harkin accepting this ACSM recognition here:


Call for Abstracts: ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise

The deadline is approaching to submit an abstract for poster presentations for the upcoming ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise, which will be held September 17-20 in Miami, Florida. To submit an abstract, please visit the online abstract submission system. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014.

Conference themes include:

For more information, please visit

Give Back to ACSM: Donate to Scholarship or Travel Funds Today

For more than 25 years, the ACSM Foundation has offset the membership costs, financed the conferences and funded the vital programs you've enjoyed most as a member.

Now, we need your help to pay it forward. Will you please give a $50 gift — or one that is meaningful to you — to the ACSM Foundation? A gift to your organization will help students and young professionals — the future of ACSM's continued success — benefit from the same membership, conferences and programs you've enjoyed throughout the years.

In 2013, more than $55,000 was donated to the foundation. Let's make this year the most successful yet! For more information or to donate to ACSM scholarship or travel funds, click here.More

Your Doctor Says he Doesn't Know Enough about Nutrition or Exercise
The Washington Post
Does your doctor ever talk to you about nutrition or exercise? No? You're not alone. Polling shows that fewer than one-eighth of visits to physicians include any nutrition counseling and fewer than 25 percent of physicians believe they have sufficient training to talk to patients about diet or physical activity. And the number of hours devoted to teaching future physicans about nutrition in medical school has actually declined recently, from 22.3 in 2004 to 19.6 in 2009.

Meanwhile, a good number of physicians are overweight and don't exercise regularly themselves. And nearly 15 percent of Americans face food insecurity; it's difficult to worry about adequate nutrition when your primary concern is making sure your children don't go hungry.

This worrisome glimpse of one of the obstacles to addressing the U.S. obesity epidemic is contained in a comprehensive report scheduled for release Tuesday by a group of organizations that are calling for major changes in medical education and other aspects of the health care system to combat the chronic diseases that stem from our unhealthful lifestyle. More

Consumer Reports' Shop Smart: Shape up at Home
Consumer Reports via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most powerful drugs ever invented, according to Consumer Reports.

Chances are, you've heard many variations of that sentiment. It's not hype. A 2010 review of 40 studies in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, for example, found that being active can help prevent about 25 conditions. Other research suggests that exercise can cut the risk of colon cancer by 60 percent, Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, heart disease by 40 percent and Alzheimer's disease by 40 percent. Another study, which compared regular exercisers with couch potatoes, concluded that each minute of physical activity added an average of 7 minutes of life span.

Yet powerful evidence isn't powerful enough: Just 20 percent of Americans say they get the recommended amount of aerobic and strength exercise.

"Convenience and proximity are key predictors of exercise," says Carol Ewing Garber, associate professor of movement sciences at Columbia University and president elect of the American College of Sports Medicine. So it makes sense that working out at home ups the odds not only that you'll become active but also that you'll stick with a routine. More