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Ten Reasons to Read this Issue

Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: 1/2 2020 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000541
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  • 1. While more may be better and fitness does matter, some physical activity is critical! Although physical activity data continue to emphasize the importance of regular exercise, sedentary behavior continues to dominate. Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, reviews the impact of regular physical activity on an individual’s health span in this issue’s Wouldn’t You Like to Know column, “Exercise for Prevention of Chronic Disease.”
  • 2. ACSM professional certifications: Time tested since 1975! Holding a high-quality professional certification is important for all health and fitness professionals. Meir Magal, Ph.D., FACSM and Francis B. Neric, M.S., MBA, discuss the meticulous and rigorous process that is undertaken to develop and maintain ACSM’s four core professional certifications in their feature article, “ACSM Certifications: Defining an Exercise Profession from Concept to Assessment.”
  • 3. Excess visceral fat: Important but challenging to quantify. Although increased abdominal fat is a significant health challenge, accurately assessing a client’s belly fat can be challenging. Gary P. Van Guilder, Ph.D. and Alicia Kjellsen, M.S., ACSM-CEP, discuss the utilization of sagittal abdominal diameter as a potential tool for your toolbox in their feature article, “Adding a New Technique to Assess Visceral Obesity to Your Repertoire: Sagittal Abdominal Diameter.”
  • 4. Medium chain triglycerides: Should we indulge? Stella Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, in this issue’s A Nutritionist’s View shares some excellent information on medium-chain triglycerides. I’m sure you will learn a few facts, at least I did, by reading “Medium-Chain Triglycerides and Health.”
  • 5. Comprehensive employee wellness: much more than an annual HRA! Although many employee wellness programs focus on an annual screening and some associated programming, few take an integrated approach that addresses other critical factors. Nicolaas P. Pronk, Ph.D., M.A., FACSM, FAWHP, discusses the importance of a more comprehensive approach in this issue’s Worksite Health Promotion column, “Total Worker Health®: An Emerging Innovation in Workplace Health and Well-Being.”
  • 6. How’s your 2020: Hindsight or foresight? Although strategic thinking is important throughout the year, a well-planned road map provides important direction and benchmarks for the year ahead. Patrick Freeman, B.S., shares a number of valuable tips for success in 2020 in this issue’s Business Edge column.
  • 7. Where’s safety on your priority list? As health and fitness professionals, it is our responsibility to provide a safe experience for our clients and facility users. JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, stresses the importance of making this our top priority. Be sure to read the journal’s new Fitness Safety column, “Top Five Reasons to Make Fitness Safety Priority #1.”
  • 8. Well-being for all: Inclusion matters! As the opportunity for health and fitness professionals to work with transgender clients increases, their health needs and fitness challenges are often misunderstood. Kennie Q. Story, M.S., ACSM-CPT, and Michael Gallagher, Ph.D., review the current research regarding the health and fitness challenges faced by the transgender community in their feature article, “Beyond Our Own Understanding of Inclusion.”
  • 9. Green neighborhoods? Be sure to read the Research Bites column written by Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., FACSM, to learn more about the benefit of green neighborhoods and two other interesting research studies.
  • 10. There’s more to love handles than meets the eye! James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, shares some interesting facts about body fat in this issue’s Take Ten column, “Ten Things to Know About Body Fat.” Great information to share with your clients.
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