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Celebrate Community Parks

Parks are incredibly versatile, fun areas for everyone in a community. They’re perfect for children who want to play on a playground, family or friends who want to have a picnic, or dog owners who want to take their pets on a walk. Besides being a fun location for community residents, parks indicate a lot about a community. The ACSM American Fitness Index (AFI) considers a lot of factors about a community when evaluating its health and fitness, and the different implications of parks are one of the areas considered by the data report. What parks say about a community:…

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AFI Advisory Board Member, Dr. Melinda Manore, Receives ACSM Citation Award

Newswise — The American College of Sports Medicine is pleased to announce that Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.S.D., FACSM is a recipient of its 2016 Citation Award. Dr. Manore was selected for this award because of her significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences. She was recognized at an awards banquet during the association’s annual meeting. “Citation Award winners are selected for their leadership and contributions in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical care, administrative services or educational services,” said Liz Joy, president of ACSM. “We’re happy to recognize Dr. Manore’s tremendous accomplishments.” Dr. Manore is…

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Washington, D.C., is Most Fit City for 3rd consecutive year, new rankings reveal

For Immediate Release May 18, 2016 Mike Fulton at (301) 651-2508 or mikef@asheragency.com (Asher Agency) Annie Spencer at (317) 637-9200 or aspencer@acsm.org (American College of Sports Medicine) Leslie Porras at (818) 234-3368 or Leslie.Porras@anthem.com (Anthem Foundation)   Washington, D.C., is Most Fit City for 3rd consecutive year, new rankings reveal Ninth annual American Fitness Index® finds rise in people exercising, drop in smoking Indianapolis (May 18) – Washington, D.C., closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver, are the three fittest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to the ninth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) released today…

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Infographic: The Path to a Culture of Health

Many communities develop programs and events as part of its strategic plan for improving residents health, but a more sustainable approach to gain traction is known as “Policy, Systems and Environmental Change” (PSE). The major difference between PSE compared to traditional approaches such as events and programs is that the PSE approach is aimed at long-term, sustainable and ongoing behavioral change. The reason PSE is useful for improving health in a community is because encouraging people to live healthier lives isn’t just about changing individual behaviors and creating good habits. Communities need to be places that encourage and promote healthy…

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