With this issue of the Journal, my term as editor-in-chief comes to a close. Upon reflection, I simply cannot emphasize enough how much I have thoroughly enjoyed my duties relative to shepherding the Journal over the past 4 years. My sincere appreciation to ACSM for providing me the opportunity to serve the profession in this capacity. With the above in mind, it is with great pleasure that I announce that Brad A. Roy, Ph.D, FACSM, has agreed to serve as editor-in-chief for the next 4 years.Dr. Roy has broad-based experience in both the clinical- and community-based settings. I am confident that he will serve the college, the Journal, and the profession well.
As usual, the final issue of the Journal published each year contains the "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016: Tenth Anniversary Edition," authored by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM. As in the past, this survey is filled with data that can help fitness centers and health promotion services shape their client programming over the upcoming year per current trends in the field.
The next article by Sara C. Bicard, Ph.D.; Brett S. Nickerson, Ed.S.; Michael R. Esco, Ph.D., FACSM; Angela R. Russell, M.Ed.; and Ronald L. Snarr, M.Ed., is titled “Prompting Individuals with Down Syndrome to Use a Treadmill.” This is an insightful paper that is filled with practical strategies aimed at helping practitioners teach individuals with Down Syndrome how to properly use a treadmill. Our final paper is by Michael J. Spezzano, chair of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Expo, and his article is titled “Experience ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit and Expo: 2015 Re-Cap.” In anticipation of next year’s Summit, Mr. Spezzano provides a well-rounded summary of what was offered in 2015, along with many practical take away messages.
Before closing, I wish to thank, in the most sincere manner possible, the individuals who I had the pleasure to work with on behalf of the Journal these past four years. This includes the associate editors who have penned the Journal’s ongoing department and column articles and our diligent peer reviewers. Truly, their volunteer service helped drive the Journal forward relative to providing a high quality product that serves well the health and fitness professional.
Steven J. Keteyian, PhD
Henry Ford Health System