STUDY SHOWS THAT RESISTANCE TRAINING MAY REDUCE INFLAMMATION
A new study published in the November 2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® shows that resistance training (RT) may be key to maximizing the anti-inflammatory benefits of regular exercise. In this study, 23 obese postmenopausal women aged between 60 and 70 years participated in either 12 weeks of RT (10 exercises, three sets, 8 to 12 repetition maximum, three times per week) or in 12 weeks of social interaction intervention (stretching, knitting, health lectures, twice per week; CON). Blood samples were collected before and after RT or CON. The results showed that after 12 weeks of moderate- to high-intensity RT, whole-body strength was improved by 44%, plasma C-reactive protein was reduced by 33%, leptin was reduced by 18%, tumor necrosis factor-α was reduced by 29%, and lipopolysaccharide-stimulated interleukin 10 production was increased by 20%. The authors concluded that RT improved whole-body muscle strength and reduced markers of inflammation in the plasma of obese postmenopausal women in the absence of changes in body composition.
NATIONAL STRATEGIC SUMMIT IN PHOENIX
The National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research will be held Saturday, November 17, from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. in Phoenix, AZ. This conference will build an agenda for comparative research to support the effectiveness of physical activity and nonpharmacological lifestyle approaches in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease risk factors and conditions. A collaborative research network will be created to support this agenda and communicate its findings. Event speakers include Barbara E. Ainsworth, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM; Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM; Steve Blair, P.E.D., FACSM; Abby King, Ph.D., FACSM; I-Min Lee, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM; James Levine, M.D., Ph.D.; Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.; Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM; Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM; and Toni Yancy, M.D., M.P.H. Visit www.acsm.org/CER for registration and hotel information.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR ACSM’S 2013 HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION
Before you know it, it will be time for another Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine. Mark your calendars now for March 12–15, 2013. The 2013 Summit will be held in Las Vegas, NV. Stay tuned to www.acsmsummit.org for more details.
This conference is for all professionals and students with a background in any health and fitness setting who want to inspire the life and well-being of others. You won’t want to miss this event!
APPLY FOR THE LAWRENCE A. GOLDING SCHOLARSHIP
The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the eighth consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students, who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness, and/or education.
Healthy Learning™ is underwriting the scholarship, granting two $1,000 awards. The recipients also will receive complimentary registration to ACSM’s 2013 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to be held March 12–15, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV. Visit www.acsmsummit.org to apply by November 9.
ACSM SELF-TESTS NOW ONLINE!
Are you looking for the continuing education credit (CEC) self-test in this issue? We have officially transitioned all of our self-tests online. Earning CECs has never been faster or easier. Now you can take the online test and print your CEC certificate immediately after earning a passing grade. Check out the new American College of Sports Medicine online learning platform here: www.onlinelearning-acsm.org.