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Physically active families: Creating healthy habits this fall

In many ways, Fall is a “new year” for American families. For those whose annual schedule revolves around the academic calendar, fall is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. In the spirit of back-to-school season, ACSM’s American Fitness Index hosted a Twitter chat with some of our subject matter expert members who offered advice to families looking to kick-off the school year with healthier habits. Plan to eat for success First, Tanya Halliday, Ph.D., R.D. chimed in on tips for eating seasonally, packing healthy lunches and feeding families under the most serious of time-crunches. “Apples and pumpkin get…

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10th Annual American Fitness Index Reveals Minneapolis-St. Paul as the Newest “Fit City”

Half of the metro areas ranked saw scores improve Indianapolis (May 16) – The twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul edged Washington, D.C. in the 10th annual American Fitness Index (AFI) released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.  The nation’s capital held the top spot for the past three years and improved its score in 2017, but Minneapolis-St. Paul still finished on top despite the challenges of being a northern state with hard winters. (Link – View the rankings and individual metro data here or at the chart below.)…

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ACSM American Fitness Index® Through the Years

For the last 10 years, the AFI Data Report has been recognized as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. With the support of supplementary resources such as the AFI Community Action Guide and My AFI, leaders can focus on policy, systems and environmental change (PSE) strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for the community. Nationally, there have been noticeable long-term trends in the report that are both positive and negative. The positive trends include: smoking rates have declined two percent since the first report, more residents are…

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AFI 2017 Internship Positions

ACSM AMERICAN FITNESS INDEX (AFI) GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Background:  The ACSM American Fitness Index (AFI) program releases a ranking report of the health and fitness status of the 50 largest metro areas in late May each year (www.AmericanFitnessIndex.org).  The AFI Data Report serves as a scientific, objective assessment of each city’s strengths and challenges, and effectively informs local decision-making that can enhance the quality of life for the population. The AFI Graphic Design Intern position has the opportunity to work on graphic design projects for the AFI program at the American College of Sports Medicine during the month of May….

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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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