Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sep. 30, 2014

Active Voice: Sedentary Behavior in Old Age is Rooted in Midlife — Intervene Early!
By Julianne van der Berg, M.Sc., and Annemarie Koster, Ph.D.

Annemarie Koster, Ph.D.

Julianne van der Berg, M.Sc
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Julianne D. van der Berg, M.Sc., studied health sciences at VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. After graduation, she joined the Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences department at the University of Bristol (UK), where she worked on projects focusing on physical activity, physical environment and health. Since 2012, she has been working at the Maastricht University as a Ph.D. candidate, investigating effects of leading a sedentary lifestyle on type 2 diabetes and its complications.

Annemarie Koster, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. As an epidemiologist, her research focus centers on understanding the causes and consequences of physical (in)activity and obesity in old age. She has a strong background in physical activity assessment by accelerometry, with a particular interest in the health effects of sedentary behavior.

This commentary presents Ms. van der Berg’s and Dr. Koster’s views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues had published in the July 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

In 2011, ACSM published an online brochure titled “Reducing Sedentary Behaviors: Sitting Less and Moving More” that reported on the harmful effects of too much sitting. Sitting or other sedentary behaviors such as lying down, watching TV and using the computer have been studied extensively during the last several years. Studies suggest that even when you exercise regularly, prolonged periods of sedentary time are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even mortality. What is not well-understood yet is what factors influence the amount of sedentary time.More

ACSM Plays Leadership Role in IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Today in Washington, D.C.

Pictured: Bill Purcell, former mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, former public official of the year and current chair of the IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.

ACSM is participating in a workshop today called "Solving Obesity: Everyone's Issue" presented by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Established in 2014 by the IOM, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions engages leadership from multiple sectors to solve the obesity crisis. The roundtable provides a trusted venue for enhancing and accelerating discussion, development and implementation of multisector collaborations. The roundtable also seeks to impact policy, environmental, and behavioral initiatives that will increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior and improve the healthfulness of foods and beverages consumed to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity and eliminate obesity-related health disparities.

Nico Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, served as the workshop's planning committee chair and is a roundtable member. ACSM member Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM chaired the meeting's Innovation Collaborative on Physical Activity, along with co-chairs Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and Jim Whitehead, ACSM's EVP. Follow along on Twitter at #IOMobesity.More

Meet Your 2015 Candidates for ACSM Leadership

Please plan to take part in ACSM's annual election and support your profession by making your voice heard. In February, members who are eligible to vote will receive information announcing the open date for the 2015 election. This is your opportunity to help shape ACSM's leadership and priorities for the years ahead. Please take a moment to get to know your candidates. A summary of their platforms to advance the important work of the college will be posted on prior to the election. Please contact Chris Sawyer at with any questions on this year's election.More

Call for Editor-in-Chief Nominations for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor-in-chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®, an official bimonthly journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The incoming editor-in-chief will begin duties in July 2015, and the term of office will run through the end of 2019. The main audience for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® is fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers, nutritionists and other front-line health and fitness professionals. Its mission is to promote and distribute accurate, unbiased and authoritative information on health and fitness. The journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research and includes information on ACSM certification workshops, current topics of interest to the fitness industry and continuing education credit opportunities. The journal is available in print, online at and via an iPad® app.

The search committee is accepting candidate applications and nominations now and plans to interview finalists in April 2015. All candidates should be a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and in good standing. A current curriculum vita and appropriate writing samples are required for all applications and nominations. Applicants should send a letter of interest, and nominations must have the nominee's approval. Send all materials for receipt no later than January 5, 2015, via email to: or via mail to:

American College of Sports Medicine
401 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN
Attention: Lori Tish, Editorial Services Office.

Questions may be directed to Search Committee Chair Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, via email: or phone: (404) 413-8365.More

Exercise is Medicine® Offers Credential Workshop in Orlando

Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is presenting a Professional Credential Workshop for fitness professionals who are interested in becoming certified in delivering physical activity intervention programs to at-risk populations. This two-day workshop will be held November 7 and 8, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

As health care changes rapidly, health systems are focused on identifying patients, employees and community population groups that are at risk for chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia). These at-risk groups are in need of intervention programs to slow, stop and reverse their progression of chronic diseases. The curriculum for this credential workshop is designed to train participants to become part of the community care team that receives referrals from health systems.

The core knowledge you will learn from EIM's faculty includes:

Click here for more information or to register.More

Students: Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship

The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the tenth consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year and who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness and/or education.

ACSM will provide $1,000 to each winner, and Healthy Learning™ will provide a $1,000 credit to be used in the ACSM store to purchase DVDs, books or wearables. The recipients also receive complimentary registration to ACSM's 2015 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, which will be held March 31-April 3, 2015, in Phoenix, Ariz. Visit to apply. The deadline is November 14, 2014.More

Survey Closing Reminder: ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist Name Change Stakeholder Comment

ACSM's Committee on Certification and Registry Boards has taken on an ambitious strategic planning project with the overriding goal of moving the profession forward. In making progress toward consistency of ACSM certification titles, the CCRB Executive Council is evaluating a change of the current title of ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist to ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist in an effort to establish a protected title to improve recognition of degreed exercise professionals who are ACSM certified. Before finalizing the process, the CCRB is putting the issue up for comment. If you are interested in reviewing the proposal and making a comment, please send an email to to request a link to the public comment survey by October 5 at 11:59 PST.More

DISQ Fitness Fans Look Like Action Figures, Train Like Multitaskers
Some cutting–edge fans of cardiovascular fitness are going a bit bionic as they strap on belts, step into stirrups and grab hand loops on the DISQ, a recently arrived wearable contraption of adjustable resistance cords.

Fitness experts say the device, which was launched in Germany a year a half ago and has become popular throughout Europe and Russia, adds simultaneous and constant resistance to an aerobic workout.

Crunch, the national group of fitness centers, employs the mobile gadget in a group fitness class called "Transformer w/ DISQ," a 45-minute fast-moving, music-driven cardio workout, to enhance basic interval training moves such as lunges, squats and jumping jacks.

"It's not easy to find programs that combine strength and cardiovascular workouts in one," Donna Cyrus, senior vice president of programming for Crunch Fitness, said about the class, which was launched in New York, Miami and locations in California. More

How to Get Your Employees into Fitness
They say couples who sweat together stay together, and that also holds true at companies.

Just a few weeks ago, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brought attention to a devastating disease. But – in terms of sheer numbers – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is not necessarily the one we should be most worried about. According to death statistics from 2011 compiled by the CDC, the top three killers in the United States are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases like emphysema. Collectively, these diseases killed 1,316,211 Americans that year, claiming nearly 200 times as many victims as motor neuron disease, which includes ALS.

Apart from the numbers, what's most striking is how preventable many of these diseases are. Regular exercise, together with a proper diet, can dramatically reduce rates of heart disease, for instance. Nonetheless, nearly 80 percent of American adults don't get the recommended amount of exercise each week. More