DEPARTMENTS: From the Editor
Ah! Spring has sprung. We are ready for the flowers to bloom, the grass to turn green, and the cold weather to leave. I am looking forward to playing more outdoors and hope to add doubles tennis to my routine. I am really excited about the upcoming ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to be held in Anaheim, CA, from April 13 to 16. It will be a great meeting. We have an exciting International Association of Worksite Health Promotion preconference, "Cultures and Communities of Health: Coevolving Our Worlds," and a special workshop, "Schwinn Cycling: Measure to Motivate." In addition, we have two exciting keynote presentations: Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., will present his excellent lecture, "Resistance Exercise Effects on Resting Metabolism, Body Composition, and Weight Management;" and Kristina Ripatti and Tim Pearce's motivational presentation, "Getting Back in the Game," will touch each one of us. We also have a special highlighted session with Mike Bracko, Ed.D., FACSM, discussing "Regular to Ripped: High-Intensity Interval Training." This presentation also will have a panel of experts to take questions from the audience. This Summit has seven new lecture tracks to focus your attention and bring to you the best of what's new in the world of fitness. Please see www.acsmsummit.org for more details, including discounts for students. I look forward to seeing you in Anaheim.
We have three excellent feature articles in this issue of the Journal. J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D.; Dale S. Bond, Ph.D.; James O. Hill, Ph.D.; and Rena R. Wing, Ph.D., provide an excellent update on the "The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR): A Study of 'Successful Losers.'" This registry has provided some of the most practical information about what real people, who have lost a great deal of weight, do to keep it off for the long-term. If you are not familiar with the NWCR, you will be impressed; if you are, this update will reinforce the message you provide for such clients. A must read.
For those of you who work with individuals who are trying to lose weight, the second feature, "Making Weight Loss a Family Affair," by Jessica A. Whiteley, Ph.D., and Laurie A. Milliken, Ph.D., FACSM, will help you help them be successful. This article gives the health and fitness professional concrete tools on how to use a client-centered behavioral approach to facilitate weight loss by overcoming barriers related to the family structure. This is an excellent article.
Our final feature provides an inside look at the impact that an exercise program can have on an individual as he or she ages. In this article, "'Better 'n Ever' Changes with Age: A 20-Year Case Study of Successful Aging," the authors, M. Elaine Cress, Ph.D., FACSM; Richard D. Lewis, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM; and William Flatt, Ph.D., show how the habits of regular exercise and healthy eating promote functional independence by maintaining a healthy weight and preventing loss of skeletal muscle and bone. This article looks at the 20-year story of a man who completely changed his lifestyle in a positive way and is reaping the healthy benefits of the changes. You will be touched and impressed by this individual.
Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM
Editor-in-Chief© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.