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ACSM Newsbriefs

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NEW HYPERTENSION GUIDELINES AND ACSM CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), and other organizations recently released updated blood pressure guidelines. Please be aware that ACSM’s Certification Board will adopt the new hypertension guidelines in 2018 and 2019 as follows:

ACSM-GEI®: use the JNC 2003 hypertension guides until December 2, 2018. Beginning December 3, 2018, the ACSM-GEI® examination will reflect the updated 2017 ACC/AHA thresholds for high blood pressure and related terminology (i.e., elevated blood pressure).

ACSM-CPT®: use the JNC 2003 hypertension guides through December 31, 2018. Beginning January 1, 2019, the ACSM-CPT® examination will reflect the 2017 ACC/AHA thresholds for high blood pressure and related terminology (i.e., elevated blood pressure).

ACSM-EP®: use the JNC 2003 hypertension guides through December 31, 2018. Beginning January 1, 2019, the ACSM-EP® examination will reflect the 2017 ACC/AHA thresholds for high blood pressure and related terminology (i.e., elevated blood pressure).

Clinical Exercise Physiologist: ACSM-RCEP® and ACSM-CEP® examinations taken before October 31, 2018 will be based on JNC 2003 hypertension guidelines. Beginning December 3, 2018, the ACSM-CEP® examination will reflect the 2017 ACC/AHA thresholds for high blood pressure and related terminology (i.e., elevated blood pressure).

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2019 ACSM’s INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT HEADS TO CHICAGO!

Start planning now to attend ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit in Chicago, IL in March. The 2019 meeting will take place March 21 to 24, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago. You won’t want to miss this conference! For more information, stay tuned to www.acsmsummit.org.

GET READY: WORLDWIDE FITNESS TRENDS SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE RELEASED SOON!

The 13th annual worldwide survey results will be released in the November/December 2018 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. Find out which health and fitness trends will be ranked in the top 20 for 2019 and read expert commentary on the results. This issue of the journal will be themed around some of the top trends. You won’t want to miss it!

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