Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 29, 2011

Active Voice: Impressions of the New USDA "MyPlate"
By Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM, is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and expert consultant in disease prevention, wellness and healthful living. She is the current president of ACSM’s Greater New York Regional Chapter, and she is a member of the American Dietetic Association’s House of Delegates. She maintains a private practice, is a consultant and has been on many national television and radio programs. She was the host of the popular television series “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids,” which focused on issues of parenting, nutrition and physical activity in families. She is the author of Living Skinny in Fat Genes™: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight and Feel Great.

For more than a decade, the USDA food guide pyramid was the icon used to convey the message behind the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The last pyramid included physical activity – much to the accolades of health care professionals, like us. It was my understanding that the Obama administration was quite firm on the development of some other shape to be used to teach Americans the best way to eat for optimal health.More

Policy Corner: Congressional Committee Mulls Changes to Federal Grant Programs

As federal grants are centrally important to many ACSM researchers, we are happy to share a summary of proposed legislation affecting federal grant programs. This is provided by Jennifer Zeitzer, director of legislative relations for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society.

On Nov. 16, Representative James Lankford (R-OK) introduced H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act of 2011. The bill was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to Representative Lankford, the legislation is intended to create greater transparency in how federal agencies award and distribute grants. HR 3433 is co-sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico). There is no Senate companion legislation at this time.More

Answer "The Million-Dollar Question" on Dec. 6 IAWHP Webinar

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM affiliate society, will host a webinar titled “To Reward or Not to Reward? The Million-Dollar Question.” The webinar runs from 12-1 p.m. ET, and registration is $25 for IAWHP members and $40 for non-IAWHP members.

Join speaker Rosie Ward, Ph.D., M.P.H., MCHES, the Health Services Manager for RJF, to learn which rewards and incentives work best for employee wellness programs. This session will explore the pros and cons of using carrots and sticks in health promotion programs and will present a framework to foster intrinsic capacity and motivation. One CEC is available for this webinar. Register online. More

An Inside Look: December 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®

The December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE) is available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in to the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”

MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the December issue: More

Attend Jan. 25 Sports Medicine Symposium Hosted by Michigan State Medical Society

ACSM is proud to support the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation’s 4th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium in Detroit on Jan. 25, 2012. The conference will be held at the Joe Louis Arena from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and ACSM members are invited to attend.

Experts will discuss the latest medical issues in sports and recreation at all levels, from rookie to veteran. Topics will include professional team coverage, return-to-play, benefits of cross training, spinal conditions in the elite athlete, scapular dyskinesis, and more. Physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals interested in attending can register online. For more information, contact Jody Roethele at (517) 336-5734 or More

Exercise: A Pregnant Pause
Chicago Tribune
At a British 10K charity run last year, a blonde with sunglasses and a slew of world records jogged easily among the 11,000 other runners who'd shown up that day. Olympic marathoner Paula Radcliffe crossed the finish line with a huge smile on her face, despite being a whopping 15 minutes off her best time for the distance

The ultra-competitive Radcliffe, who at the time was seven months' pregnant with her second daughter, told reporters after the race that she "wasn't concerned about running a time, it was about enjoying the day." More

Many Physicians Unfamiliar with Student-Athlete Heart Screening Guidelines
American Medical News
News reports of teenagers collapsing from sudden cardiac arrest at high school sports events have fueled debate about the best way to screen young athletes for cardiac risks.

As the medical community considers requiring electrocardiograms, echocardiograms or other tests for all athletes, some physicians argue that the focus first should be on implementing uniform standards and reporting methods nationwide.

"The process is so random in its current form that we don't know where improvement needs to start," said Nicolas L. Madsen, MD, MPH, a pediatric cardiology fellow at Seattle Children's Hospital. "Before moving forward with new screening methods, it's important to standardize the process so that we can really tell what works and what doesn't."

There's no mandatory reporting mechanism for such deaths, so recent studies show a wide range of one in every 30,000 to 200,000 U.S. high school athletes dies annually from sudden cardiac arrest, he said. There are national guidelines for sudden cardiac death risk screening, but it's unknown how widely they are used. More