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9 Highlights FROM THIS ISSUE and a Thank You

Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: January/February 2018 - Volume 22 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000350
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  • 1. Shoveling: scoop, twist, throw — and “Oh, My BACK!” Although an awesome whole-body exercise, shoveling dirt, snow, or other substances can easily result in an aching back, shoulder discomfort, and in some cases, even sudden death for those who use improper shoveling mechanics and/or are not physically prepared for the exertion. Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., shares some insightful information for your clients in this issue’s Fitness Focus column, “The Scoop on Shoveling Success.” I encourage you to clip and share this important information with your clients.
  • 2. Winter’s here, but hibernation really isn’t necessary! With the winter months on us, the chances of inclement weather dramatically increase. Whereas for some people, moving the exercise routine indoors is best, this does not have to be the case for others. With proper preparation and planning, winter outdoor exercise can be fun, exhilarating, and safe. Associate Editor Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some important insights regarding exercising in cold environments in her Wouldn’t You Like to Know column, “Maximizing Safety when Exercising in the Cold.”
  • 3. Diabetic clients? Physical activity is crucial. Although the number of diagnosed cases continues to rise, there is solid evidence supporting the critical importance of exercise for those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Joel E. Williams, M.P.H., Ph.D.; Brian Helsel, M.S., CSCS, EIM1; Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.; and Ransome Eke, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., share some important insights into working with diabetic clients in their feature article, “Exercise Considerations for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.”
  • 4. Aging kills, so who’s to blame, my parents or my lifestyle? Although there may be something to the comment, “My genes make me do it,” the bigger reality is that a person’s lifestyle habits probably have a stronger effect. Poor genes do not necessarily equal doomsday. David Puett, Ph.D., in his feature article, “Biology of Aging: Identified Drivers and Interventions for Optimal Healthspan,” introduces us to the field of “Geroscience” and some of the key drivers that have been identified in the aging process.
  • 5. Not ignoring the pelvic floor will help some of your clients cough and laugh without fear! Stress urinary incontinence is a challenge for women of all ages and some men, and although Kegels have been a primary exercise prescription, a number of alternative exercises may be even more effective at preventing and treating incontinence. Our third feature article, “Exercise Strategies for Improving Quality of Life in Women with Stress Urinary Incontinence,” penned by Grace Donovan, B.S., CSCS, and Sara Lynn Terrell, Ph.D., CSCS, provides a number of excellent pelvic floor exercises that you can use with your clients.
  • 6. Speaking of aging, what motivates older adults to move more? Read this issue’s Research Bites column by Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., MA, MM, FACSM, to find out!!
  • 7. Gluten-free: who really benefits? Although it is essential that people with celiac disease strictly maintain a gluten-free diet, many nonceliac individuals are choosing to follow this strict diet regime. This includes competitive and recreational athletes looking to improve their performance. But does it really make a difference? Associate Editor Stella Lucia Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LD/N, FACSM, shares some important insights in this issue’s A Nutritionist’s View column, “Gluten-free Diets and Exercise Performance.” Pass the bread please!
  • 8. An ounce of prevention keeps the attorneys at bay! As I travel around the country and visit various fitness facilities, I am constantly amazed at the lack of attention provided at some facilities to their equipment layout, maintenance, and user instruction. This issue’s Legal Aspects column, penned by Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., FACSM, FNSCA, shares a number of important insights that can be gleaned from case law and emphasizes the critical role that a risk management strategy plays in maintaining member/facility user safety. Be sure to read his column, “Facility Layout and Maintenance Concerns.”
  • 9. Are you or your company a “convener”? As corporate health and wellness strategies continue to advance, integrating services across communities becomes essential. The successful implementation of these strategies requires an integrated and engaged commitment from a variety of professionals and organizations. Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, shares some important insights in his Worksite Health Promotion column titled, “The Role of a Trusted Convener in Building Corporate Engagement in Community Initiatives.” Be sure to read this issue’s column to learn more about this important concept.
  • 10. THANK YOU!!!! As I begin my third year as editor-in-chief, I would like to take a moment and thank all of our exceptional associate editors for their outstanding support of the Journal and all of our authors who have contributed feature articles. The Journal and all of our readers have truly benefitted from your expertise and the insights you have shared. And, a very special thank you to Managing Editor Lori Tish. I may be a bit biased, but I don’t believe there is a better, more committed managing editor in the US! So, thank you Lori for keeping us all on track and focused.

Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM,


Kalispell Regional Medical Center

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