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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 released today by…

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American Fitness Index Releases New Community Action Guide

  For immediate release: January 20, 2016 American Fitness Index Releases New Community Action Guide Updated tool helps leaders take action to improve the health of their communities INDIANAPOLIS- The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Fitness Index released a new Community Action Guide today, offering communities a resource to help leaders realize local health and fitness goals. The guide, which will replace an earlier edition published in 2009, is a companion document to the annual Data Report, which reports the fittest city in America each year based on a score derived from a comprehensive list of health indicators…

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My Community Application Toolkit

An updated resource from the ACSM American Fitness Index is now available for communities not included in the current rankings.  The My Community Application Toolkit enables communities to apply the Fitness Index approach to assess the community’s fitness and build understanding of the individual and societal behaviors related to physical activity in their community. The toolkit guides individuals through seven steps of data collection and analysis: Identify comparison communities. Describe the community characteristics. Search for personal health indicators. Search for community/environmental indicators. Consider the option of a mini Fitness Index process. Assess the community’s relative areas of excellence and improvement priority areas. Use…

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Surgeon General Says: Step It Up!

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, wants you to make walking a part of your life and help others make it a part of theirs. “Today with the help of Every Body Walk and Allison Janney, I’m releasing a short video at the #‎WalkingSummit to tell everyone about the power of walking. Let’s #‎StepItUp, America, and let’s do it together.” Step It Up! – The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities – recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. It calls on Americans to be more physically…

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#FitCityIndex Twitter Chat Highlights

Did you participate in the #FitCityIndex Twitter chat?  On August 5, 2015, Advisory Board Chair Dr. Walt Thompson hosted the first #FitCityIndex Twitter chat.  The conversation consisted of general questions ranging from the development of the Data Report to how to use the Data Report to make changes in the health and fitness of a community.  We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite moments below!   What are some of the biggest challenges cities face when it comes to helping their residents stay fit?                   Who is a good person to share…

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Advisory Board Member Publishes Obesity Study

Advisory Board member, NiCole Keith, Ph.D., recently served as lead author of, “Weight Loss Attitudes and Social Forces in Urban Black and White Women.” The article below, published by the Indiana University School of Medicine Newsroom, summarizes the study’s findings. To access the full article, please click here. The ACSM data report includes “Percent Obese” as a data indicator from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Dr. Keith’s research adds great value to the science behind and behavioral strategies for combating obesity.   Regenstrief and IU study finds obese black and white women differ in how they view…

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From the Field with Dot Fullwood

M. “Dot” Fullwood talks about the state of health and fitness in the San Francisco/Bay area, which ranked 8th in the 2010 ACSM American Fitness Index. Fullwood, a graduate student at the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, touches on efforts to improve physical activity in the Bay area and the need to change perceptions about physical activity across different socio-economic groups. Fullwood is active in the Sunday Streets San Francisco program. Sunday Streets offers free and fun physical activity space to all San Franciscans and provides open space in neighborhoods that lack such space currently. Local businesses also benefit…

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From the Field with Sarah Pedersen

Sarah Pedersen talks about what makes Boston a physically active city in this episode of From the Field. Boston ranked 2nd in the 2010 ACSM American Fitness Index data report. Sarah also talks about some programs in near Tufts University aimed at improving health and community fitness. Sarah is a PhD student in International Nutrition at Cornell University.

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Physical Activity Can Help Tame Type-2 Diabetes

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Diabetes Association, have issued new exercise guidelines for people with Type-2 diabetes. The ACSM American Fitness Index recognizes the increasing prevalence of Type-2 diabetes as a tremendous threat to the overall health and well-being of communities across the entire United States. For example, one of the data measures for the annual data report is the death rate due to diabetes per 100,000 people. This data point provides an estimate of how the disease impacts a community. Encouraging individuals with Type-2 diabetes to get the appropriate amount of exercise is key…

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