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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000414754.91878.ff
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In Brief

REGISTER NOW FOR ACSM’s 2012 ANNUAL MEETING AND WORLD CONGRESS ON EXERCISE IS MEDICINE®!

ACSM’s 59th Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® will take place in San Francisco, CA, from May 29 to June 2, 2012. You won’t want to miss the dynamic educational lectures such as the following:

  • The Joseph B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture–Physical Activity and Bone Health: Conventional Wisdom, Contemporary Ideas, Wendy Kohrt, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Colorado–Anschutz Medical Campus
  • The Changing Face of Nutrition for Health and Performance: Past, Present and Future, Melinda Manore, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) sessions will include the following:

  • Are High-Intensity Exercise Studies Relevant for Generating Public Health Guidelines?
  • EIM Certification: Referral for Exercise, Who is Qualified?
  • Exercise as a Cognitive Enhancer: How to Walk the Walk

In addition to all the interesting lectures and symposia, ACSM’s Annual Meeting and World Congress on EIM also will include networking opportunities, on-site job boards and online job postings, a student colloquium, exhibit hall, and much more. Make sure to preregister by May 18, 2012. To register or to preview the advance program, visit www.acsmannualmeeting.org.

GET INVOLVED: MAY IS EXERCISE IS MEDICINE® MONTH

May is Exercise is Medicine® month, and it is quickly approaching! This year, it’s easier than ever to get involved. Now, and during the month of May, you can:

  • Secure a proclamation from your state governor or local mayor declaring May as Exercise is Medicine® month. After getting your elected official’s signature, send us a copy at [email protected], so we can recognize your efforts.
  • Write an exercise prescription for your clients/patients with this easy-to-use form (http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/documents/B_ExPrescripReferral.pdf), or give the form to health care providers in your area. Doing so can help forge a connection between health care and fitness.
  • Be one of the first in the world to earn the Exercise is Medicine® credential. The EIM credential shows health care providers that a fitness professional is qualified to help their patients get the exercise they’ve prescribed. Visit certification.acsm.org for more information.
  • Utilize the resources in the EIM Health & Fitness Professionals’ Action Guide (http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/fitpros.htm). In this guide, you’ll find information on the exercise prescription and referral process.
  • Sign up for EIM updates and tools at http://www.exerciseismedicine.org. You’ll receive more ideas and resources for integrating EIM into your professional life.
  • Follow us on Twitter @EIMnews and our Facebook page, Exercise is Medicine, for updates on what you can do during Exercise is Medicine month.

RELEVANCE FOR DIABETES PREVENTION: EXERCISE DOSE AND INSULIN SENSITIVITY

A study published in the May 2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, examined whether exercise dose was associated with improvements in insulin sensitivity following four months of exercise training in previously sedentary adults.

A total of 55 healthy volunteers participated in a 16-week supervised endurance exercise intervention where insulin sensitivity, peak oxygen uptake, and body composition were assessed. The exercise intervention consisted of 3 to 5 sessions per week with a minimum of 3 supervised sessions. A ramped exercise prescription was used to achieve 75% of peak HR for 45 minutes per session.

The study showed that improved insulin sensitivity was significantly related to exercise dose, with no evidence of threshold or maximal dose-response effect observed. Age and sex did not influence this dose-response relationship. Whereas exercise intensity was significantly related to improvements in insulin sensitivity, frequency was not. This study identified a graded dose-response relationship between exercise dose and improvements in insulin sensitivity. The implication of this observation is of importance for the adaption of exercise prescription especially in sedentary clients at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

SUBMIT YOUR 2013 PROPOSAL FOR ACSM’S HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION

Interested in proposing a lecture, workout, or other educational session for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in 2013? The submission process is easy — simply visit www.acsmsummit.org, and access the link to the online proposal system through OASISTM. You can go in and add, change, or update your submission electronically anytime through the deadline of June 11, 2012, midnight PST.

ACSM SELF-TESTS ONLINE BEGINNING JUNE 1!

Looking for the continuing education credit (CEC) Self-Test in this issue? Well, you won’t find the paper test because ACSM is transitioning to an online learning system for all CECs. Earning CECs has never been faster or easier. Beginning June 1 you can take the online test and print your CEC certificate immediately after earning a passing grade. Check out the new ACSM online learning platform here: www.onlinelearning-acsm.org. Turn to page 44 in this issue for test instructions.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.