DEPARTMENTS: From the Editor
Summer’s over, and school is back in session. This is a good time to reflect on what each of us needs to do to move to the next step in our development as a fitness professional. Needs can include better use of technology for teaching, client tracking and communications, or marketing; specialized training to work with unique populations (e.g., older adults, pregnant women, young athletes); or a course or two to prepare for a certification exam. For some, a full-semester course may be needed to meet goals; for others, a short course and specialized workshop may be all that is needed. With the growing interest in accommodating clients with chronic diseases (a fast-growing population) in a commercial fitness setting or private practice, finding out more about the ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® initiative should be on your short list. You can get a free download of the Exercise is Medicine® Health and Fitness Professionals’ Action Guide at http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/fitpros.htm. The material contains questionnaires, forms, and letters to facilitate your interaction with physicians and other health professionals. Those studying to enter a career in an allied health profession or medicine or who are already in practice should read the parallel action guide written for physicians and health care providers: http://exerciseismedicine.org/physicians.htm.
We have three excellent feature articles. In our first feature article, Integrating Nutrition and Physical Activity Education into Elementary Schools Serving Low-Income Families, Vanessa A. Farrell, Ph.D., R.D., CSCS; Jennifer Reeves, M.Ed.; Scott B. Going, Ph.D.; and Linda Houtkooper, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, show us how to use public/private partnerships and school wellness tools to create sustainable, integrated nutrition, and physical education programs. The goals of these programs include meeting state standards for health and physical education and contributing to obesity-prevention programs for children from low-income families. Given the renewed interest in using the schools to have an impact on physical inactivity and obesity, this article is an important one for students and professionals alike.
In our second feature, Sports Supplements: Quercetin, Melvin H. Williams, Ph.D., FACSM, provides an up-to-date summary about this phytonutrient that is believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been proposed that these properties may prevent some adverse effects of intense exercise training and to enhance aerobic endurance exercise performance. Find out more about its effects on exercise performance in both physically trained and untrained individuals in this well-written article by a recognized expert in sports nutrition.
In our final feature, Organizing an Effective Community-wide Physical Activity Campaign: A Step-by-Step Guide, Bill Reger-Nash, Ed.D.; Adrian Bauman, Ph.D., FAFPHM; Ben J. Smith, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Cora L. Craig, M.Sc.; Christiaan G. Abildson, Ph.D., M.P.H.; and Kevin M. Leyden, Ph.D., show us how to implement community-wide physical activity behavior change campaigns in a cost-effective, comprehensive manner that may have an impact on many people across an entire community or region. Although we are well aware of current physical activity recommendations and how to help individuals meet them, many of us have not had training in implementing programs to increase participation at the population level. This article will help us do just that. An important read.
Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM
Editor-in-Chief© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.