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ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: March/April 2014 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000019

Learn more about a recent study that looked at home-based active video games to promote weight loss during the postpartum period; Mark your calendar for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Atlanta, GA; Submit a proposal for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in 2015.

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The postpartum period, similar to pregnancy itself, is a critical period in women’s lives. Weight retention from the pregnancy period is a significant risk factor for the later development of chronic diseases. During this period, women are invited to manage their weight by doing exercise, but baby care activities can be time consuming, preventing them from engaging in traditional sports and regular exercise.

A recent study published in the April 2014 issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® showed that playing home-based active video games four times a week during the postpartum period induced significant weight loss. In this study, 34 Japanese women (aged 21 to 41 years) within 1-year postpartum were asked to play or not play the Wii Fit+ (Wii, Nintendo, Japan) for 5 weeks. Weight, body fat, and hip and waist circumferences were measured before and after the 5-week period. Dietary habits and energy balance also were investigated.

Women playing Wii Fit+ lost more weight than their control counterparts (−2.2 ± 0.9 kg vs. −0.5 ± 0.7 kg). They also exhibited more important reductions of body fat (−1.5 ± 1.1 kg vs. −0.5 ± 0.7 kg), waist circumference (−2.9 ± 1.6 cm vs. −0.8 ± 2.3 cm), and hip circumferences (−2.3 ± 1.8 cm vs. −0.4 ± 1.6 cm). Playing Wii Fit+ allowed subjects in that group to burn 4,682 ± 2,874 kcal during the 5-week period and to decrease daily food intakes by 206 ± 559 kcal.

Authors suggested that active video games could be proposed to postpartum women to help them manage their weight when traditional sport activities cannot be practiced.

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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Atlanta, GA, will be here in no time. The meeting, held Tuesday, April 1, through Friday, April 4, at the Hilton Atlanta, will offer many new and interesting opportunities for meeting goers. Don’t miss these 2014 additions:

* Fitness Challenge, Olympic-Style: join fellow attendees in Olympic Park for the first-ever competition of the fittest. Summit faculty will serve as team captains, who will motivate and champion you to victory. Sign up on-site to be on a team.

* Minute to Win It: Get your game on in the exhibit hall with participating exhibitors who will challenge attendees to perform a range of different exercises. Meeting goers will compete by completing various drills for 1 minute. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Sign up at participating booths to learn the exercise, date, and time of the challenges.

* Instant Recess®: Get your blood moving with brief stretching and light exercise breaks during meeting sessions in honor of the late ACSM member, Toni Yancey, innovator and creator of Instant Recess®.

* “GO” — Global Opinions!: Don’t miss these new mini sessions that will include inspirations, thought-provoking feedback, and new visions from fitness enthusiasts around the world. These daily sessions are sure to spark conversation and buzz, so don’t miss out. Check the on-site schedule for times and locations.

A primary goal of the Summit is to provide attendees with information they can put into immediate practice. Learn more about the exciting sessions offered at the 2014 Summit by visiting Are you registered to attend the 2014 Summit? If not, there is still time to preregister through March 12, 2014 — simply visit and click on the red “register” button.

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Are you interested in proposing a lecture, workout, or other session for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in 2015? The submission process is easy — simply visit and select the “programming” tab to access the link to the online proposal system through OASISTM. You can go in and add, change, or update your submission electronically anytime through the deadline of May 15, 2014, midnight PST. The 2015 meeting will take place from March 31 to April 3, 2015, in Phoenix, AZ. Submit your proposal today!

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine.