For the eleventh consecutive year the November-December issue of the Journal is highlighted by the “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017.” As usual, Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, has authored an exceptional article that provides insight into current and upcoming trends for the health and fitness industry. Whether you work at a health and fitness related facility, another setting, or independently with clients, I am sure you will find the data provocative and helpful for planning and strategizing services.
Perhaps one of the most challenging and confusing aspects of a healthy lifestyle for the American public is the area of nutrition, especially diets. The Internet presents a plethora of dietary advice and diet options. Currently, one of the most popular diets for fitness enthusiasts is the Paleo Diet, the focus of our second feature article. Penned by Katherine A. Beals, Ph.D., the article provides an exceptional review of the origin, evolution, composition, and available research on the Paleo Diet and its associated nutritional and health claims.
The utilization of technology, specifically activity trackers, to assist people with increasing their daily physical activity continues to expand. Our third feature article titled “Move More, Sit Less & Be Well: Behavioral Aspects of Activity Trackers,” rounds out this issue’s selection of articles. Written by Brian Kiessling, MS and Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, Ph.D., FACSM, the feature article provides practical information into the activity tracker trend, including a case study examining how Activity Trackers influence physical activity behavior.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM, to our exceptional team of associate editors. Dr. Liguori will be overseeing our Health & Fitness A to Z column and his initial writing titled “SEDing Ourselves up for Problems: The Detrimental Effects of Sedentary Behavior,” is stellar, you won’t want to miss reading it! And, as usual, our regular columns provide a wealth of practical and insightful information for your utilization.
Finally, I encourage each reader to visit the Journal’s web site at www.acsm-healthfitness.org where additional information and video supports the outstanding articles and columns in this issue.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center