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Golding, Lawrence A. Ph.D., FACSM, Editor-in-Chief

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May 2004 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 1
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In Brief

Mission Statement

The mission of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® is to provide credible, readable, and applicable information about research in sports medicine and exercise science, and about health and fitness-related practices. The journal strives to help health and fitness practitioners improve their knowledge and experience through reports and recommendations from experts, CEC offerings, opportunities to question the experts, listings of job openings, and more.

The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition is history; it was held in Orlando, Florida from April 14 to 17, 2004, and many of you were there. We had an enthusiastic and energetic crowd in attendance and although the final head count and all the evaluations have not yet been tabulated, it appears to have been another very successful and enjoyable event. This year's superb faculty were all well-qualified speakers who introduced us to interesting and timely topics. Our keynote speakers were all stars and we got excellent feedback on their presentations. We have invited several of this year's presenters to author articles for the Journal using their presentations as their topics so that we can share their valuable information with those of you who couldn't attend the Summit.

The Summit Planning Committee met during the Orlando meeting and has already begun planning the Summit 2005 program, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The planning committee will meet again at ACSM's Annual Meeting in June and has its final meeting during the summer at which time the Summit 2005 program will be finalized. So, I ask you to email me with suggestions for presenters and/or topics you would like to see at the 2005 Summit while there is still time to consider your ideas.

A survey was recently mailed to our Editorial Board members to get their views both pro and con on all aspects of the Journal. The survey, which had an unbelievably high return rate, indicated that these 80 experts believe that the Journal is doing a very good job and is accomplishing its goals. The board members have suggested some innovative ideas, which will be implemented in the Journal during the next few months.

Many of you who attended the Summit had an opportunity to meet and hear Edward Howley, Ph.D., FACSM, who will be taking over the Editor-in-Chief's job in January 2005. I know that under Dr. Howley's leadership the Journal will continue to thrive.

In this issue, Cengiz Akalan, Ph.D., Len Kravitz, Ph.D., and Robert Robergs, Ph.D., from the University of New Mexico have authored an excellent article entitled VO2max:Essentials of the Most Widely Used Test in Exercise Physiology. Maximum oxygen uptake has become part of every fitness professional's vocabulary. It's the most common and popular human performance laboratory test, and there are several submaximal tests on the cycle ergometer, treadmill, and even step bench that predict maximum oxygenuptake. But do you really know what maximum oxygen uptake is? Do you know its limitations? Do you know what it measures or why it is important? This article is sure to enlighten you on the meaning of and the ins-and-outs of maximum oxygen uptake. It's a "must read" article.

Colleen Perkins, MSM, MBA, Wendy Secrest, M.S., FAACVPR, Kim Fickes, MA Ed, and Amy Castillo, M.S., have authored an article on impacting cardiovascular health risks with existing company resources. The article introduces a program implemented at the Coors Brewing Company, however, the procedures, principles, and suggestions could be applied to any corporate wellness/fitness program. Those of you who work in corporate fitness will appreciate and learn from this article how the authors accomplished their goals.

Finally, Pat Vehrs, Ph.D., FACSM, and David Kaiser, Ed.D., ATC, from Brigham Young Universitys have written a very educational and interesting article Sportaerobics:-The Sport and Its Athletes. Find out if Sportaerobics is an Olympic sport and know how the fitness professional can benefit from being introduced to Sportaerobics.

Thank you for stopping and visiting with me at the Summit Meeting. Slowly I am recognizing and getting to know the people who attend the Summit on a regular basis. I remember many of you from years past. I hope you will continue to attend and always find it enjoyable and educational. Remember that your input of ideas to the program committee is what insures that the Summit will always be what you want it to be.

Enjoy this issue!

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Lawrence A. Golding, Ph.D., FACSM, Editor-in-Chief

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