Twelve Reflections from Reading this Issue
1. Congratulations Len R. Kravitz, Ph.D.! Dr. Kravitz's exceptional paper, "Developing a Lifelong Resistance Training Program," was chosen by the journal's associate editors as ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal's Paper of the Year for 2019. Learn more about Dr. Kravitz and his exceptional career by reading the special commentary written by Associate Editor Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM.
2. Beginning an exercise program at any age is beneficial. Grace T. DeSimone, B.S., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, in this issue's Fitness Focus column provides practical fitness information for individuals of all ages. Be sure to share "Fit at Any Age" as a handout for your clients.
3. Exercise: It keeps me from losing my mind! No doubt about it, us graying folks (OK, I've lost it—at least my hair!) need that daily dose of exercise. This issue's Health & Fitness from A to Z column written by Madelyn Byra, B.S., M.S., reviews the evolution of exercise guidelines for older adults. Discover a bit more about working with your older clients by reading, "Aging in America."
4. It all starts in the womb! Following a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy has a significant future health impact on both baby and mom. Margie H. Davenport, Ph.D., covers a variety of key exercise insights into her feature article, "Exercise during Pregnancy: A Prescription for Improved Maternal/Fetal Well-being."
5. Imaginative active play, fun for grandpa too! Creatively playing with my two grandsons on our forest land is a blast! It's good for them and perhaps even better for me. Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., ACSM-CEP, FACSM, and Laura E. Bruno, Ed.D., discuss the critical importance of cultivating wellness competencies in early childhood in their exceptional feature article, "Wellness Right from the Start: Birth through Early Childhood."
6. Long-term youth development: Critical foundational skills for youth, yet applicable at every age! Far too many children and adolescents are not provided an opportunity to develop critical fundamental movement skills that promote a healthy and active life span. Joey Eisenmann, Ph.D.; Rick Howard, M.Ed.; and Tony Moreno, Ph.D., share key concepts that every health and fitness professional should be aware of in their feature article, "Long-term Athletic Development as a Framework to Influence Wellness during Childhood and Adolescence."
7. Health span: Highly influenced by habits created in young adulthood! Young adulthood presents a variety of challenges that far too often have a negative impact on a person's health span. Gary A. Sforzo, Ph.D., FACSM, and David Diggin, Ph.D., discuss these challenges and share strategies that can be applied to create a healthy journey through this critical period of life in their feature article, "Enhancing Wellness during Young Adulthood." Wish I had read this 50 years ago.
8. The real midlife crises: Where health risk factors too often become a diagnosis! Developing "true" functional fitness requires more than exercise, yet vocations and other pressures in midlife often get in the way. Ellen M. Evans Ph.D., FACSM, and Isaura M. Castillo-Hernández, M.S., share a variety of key concepts that lead to a successful journey through midlife and can set up an individual to enjoy their golden years in their feature article, "Midlife Functional Fitness: A Key to Successful Aging."
9. What else stimulates my motivation to move? Outdoing my grandsons! While staying active and physically fit up to our golden years is critical to our health span, staying active during those years provides additional benefits. Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, and Stacy Goddard, DHEd, share concepts that health and fitness professionals should consider when working with older adults. Be sure to read "Keep On: Staying Active to Promote Well-being during the Golden Years."
10. "Novs sommes ce qui nous mangeons"! Excuse my French, an old phrase that is still applicable today! Find out more in this issue's A Nutritionist's View column, "Eating Well as We Age," by Associate Editor Stella Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM, ACSM-CEP.
11. Now is a perfect time to focus on member engagement! The disruptions of 2020 have created an excellent opportunity to promote a mindful approach toward improving your client's and facility member's health span. Patrick Freeman, B.S., discusses strategies you can use in this issue's Business Edge column, "Your Business Plan for Member Engagement—Does It Emphasize Health Span?"
12. A huge shout out! A very special "thank you" to guest editors Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., FACSM, and Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM, for their exceptional work in putting together this stellar themed issue. It is packed with practical information, and I am confident you will find reading this issue as educational as I have!