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THE METABOLIC SYNDROME: The Crucial Role of Exercise Prescription and Diet

Churilla, James R. Ph.D., M.P.H., RCEP

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181916c6d

LEARNING OBJECTIVES • To provide health and fitness professionals with an understanding of the beneficial effects that regular physical activity and fitness have on metabolic syndrome.

• To provide safe, effective guidelines for the health and fitness professionals charged with developing exercise prescriptions for those diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

It is currently estimated that one in three U.S. adults have the metabolic syndrome. Physical activity recommendations and exercise prescriptions provided by health and fitness professional play a crucial role in managing this at-risk population.

James R. Churilla, Ph.D., M.P.H., RCEP, is an assistant professor of physical activity epidemiology and clinical exercise physiology in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. His research focuses on physical activity and the metabolic syndrome and population health. He is ACSM Program Director certified and is a current member of ACSM's Committee on Certifications and Registry Boards Publications Subcommittee. Dr. Churilla is a member of ACSM, the American Heart Association's Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Metabolic Syndrome: The Crucial Role of Exercise Prescription and Diet: ERRATUM

An error was detected in the January/February 2009 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® (Vol. 13, No. 1, page 23). The formula noted in the second column should have published as depicted below in the article, "The Metabolic Syndrome: The Crucial Role of Exercise Prescription and Diet," by James R. Churilla, Ph.D., M.P.H., RCEP. The corrected article is now posted on

F × I × T = MET·min·wk−1

MET·hr·wk−1 are calculated by dividing MET·min·wk−1 by 60 minutes:

MET·min·wk−1 / 60 minutes = MET·hr·wk−1

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