CAN AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK GET FIDO AND HIS OWNER OFF THE COUCH?
Most adults do not achieve the recommended amount of physical activity. Unfortunately, this trend has been similarly detrimental to America’s best friend; more than half of adult dogs are overweight and experience the same negative health consequences that have skyrocketed in their human counterparts. A study published in the March 2015 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® examined whether a social network could be used to increase physical activity by capitalizing on dog owners’ passion for their pets and encouraging dog walking. Dog owners in two Massachusetts cities were randomly assigned to receive the social network intervention or monthly emails with evidence-based instructions for increasing physical activity.
The social network intervention was delivered via a Meetup group, which connected participants around their shared passion for their dogs. Information on the social network provided education on the benefits of dog walking and strategies for addressing dog-walking barriers. Weekly neighborhood dog walks, scheduled via the social network, provided an opportunity for dog owners to share information and support while engaging in physical activity. After 6 months, pedometer steps significantly increased; the average increase in steps was almost twice as great in the social network intervention (mean change, 919.46 steps) compared with the control (mean change, 424.70 steps). Within 2 months after the intervention ended, organization of the social network intervention transitioned from study staff to social network members, and the social network has continued to grow. Results suggest that a social network intervention is feasible for increasing physical activity in dog owners.
DON’T MISS ACSM’S 2015 HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION
ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Phoenix, AZ, will be here in no time. The meeting held Tuesday, March 31, through Friday, April 3, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Phoenix Convention Center will offer something for students and health/fitness professionals alike.
One of the key reasons attendees choose this fitness meeting is it offers ACSM CECs. By attending this event, you can ensure that you are getting the highest-quality continuing education. In addition to the variety of session lectures and workshops, you won’t want to miss the keynote lectures:
- Building Authentic Connections With Clients
Steve Shenbaum, Game on Nation
James Levine, Ph.D., M.D., Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative
- Inaugural Larry Golding “Bridging the Gap” Keynote Lecture: Current Controversies in Exercise Prescription
Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., Teachers College/Columbia University
A primary goal of the Summit is to provide attendees with information they can put into immediate practice. Each presenter will provide you with three take-home tips at the end of the lecture. Learn more about the exciting sessions offered at the 2015 Summit by visiting www.acsmsummit.org. Are you registered to attend the 2015 Summit? If not, there is still time to preregister through March 11, 2015; simply visit acsmsummit.org/registration/ and click on the red “register” button. On-site registration will begin in Phoenix at 7:30 a.m. on March 31.
SUBMIT YOUR 2016 PROPOSAL FOR ACSM’S HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION
Are you interested in proposing a lecture, workout, or other session for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in 2016? The submission process is easy — simply visit www.acsmsummit.org and select the “programming” tab to 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 May 15, 2015, midnight PST. The 2016 meeting will take place from March 29 to April 1, 2016, in Orlando, FL. Submit your proposal today!
MOVING ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION TO HIGHER GROUND: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACCELERATING THE ASSESSMENT OF HEALTH IMPACTS
ACSM and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies are cosponsoring Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts on April 13 to 14, 2015, in Washington, DC. The conference will bring together professionals in the fields of transportation, urban planning, public health, health care, and health economics to explore the state of the art and state of the practice on quantifying the public health outcomes of active transportation.
Conference focus areas include:
- Scientific evidence on relationships between active transportation and health.
- Strategies for data collection and methods of data analysis and modeling that contribute to the quantification of impacts on personal, household, and community health as they relate to various aspects of active travel.
- Innovative tools and approaches to assess the impacts of active transportation (e.g., health impact assessments of transportation projects or local, regional, and state planning scenarios), as well as tools to better forecast the effects on active transportation.
To learn more and register for this conference: http://www.cvent.com/events/moving-active-transportation-to-higher-ground-opportunities-for-accelerating-the-assessment-of-healt/event-summary-93088f3956b14c00a4032867ccbc3965.aspx.