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         Vol. 8 No. 8  August 2004

 
 
 
Editors: Dr. Lonnie Lowery and Dr. Tommy Boone
 
 
President's Biography
Meet our new President: Matthew Wattles, MS 
ASEP
Editorial 
EP Common-Sense!
Jason Young, MA, EPC, ATC
Flyer
Why Accreditation?
Check out the ASEP Accreditation Philosophy, Procedures, and Benefits.
New Federal Report 
For Immediate Release
AHRQ Public Affairs
An Article To Help Students (PEPonline)
Ten Commandments for Choosing a Career
Dr. Tommy Boone
 
Job Advertisements
1. Westfield Group 
2. Washington Adventist Hospital 
Exercise Physiology - Check it out!
Allied Health Profession of the Month - August
Health Professions Network
Spotlight
The University of Evansville
has completed all ASEP documentation for futureaccreditation for its Exercise Physiology program.
JEPonline
August, 2004
New issue! The Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline
Contact Information
New web page (click) and new email address contact@asep.org
 
 

Editorial
EP Common-Sense!
Jason Young, MA, EPC, ATC


The American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP) is the one national organization you should be supporting if you call yourself an Exercise Physiologist.  It is common-sense!  For example, I am a Board Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified / Licensed Athletic Trainer.  Take a guess at which organizations I support.  It is important for me to belong to the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP).  Both organizations offer the certification that I need to declare myself either as an Athletic Trainer or as an Exercise Physiologist.  It just makes sense.  Why would I get a degree in Exercise Physiology or Exercise Science and then get an exercise related certification in something that a Nurse could get certified in?  It doesn't make good sense.   The problem is that there are exercise organizations and certifications that just about anybody can join and/or obtain whether he or she has an Exercise Physiology-related degree or not.  Why would the college-prepared Exercise Physiologists want members of other professions obtain a certification that may adversely influence Exercise Physiology jobs?  It just doesn't make sense to do that.  Basically, the other organizations and their certifications offer absolutely no professional support or direction for Exercise Physiologists.  Rather, they want your money.  In addition, if you are involved with Exercise Physiology at any level, become a member of the ASEP national organization and your own ASEP state affiliate.  It's worth restating: If you are an Athletic Trainer, you join the NATA.  If you are a Physical Therapist, you join the APTA. There are many examples of this kind of professional thinking. If you call yourself an Exercise Physiologist, join ASEP.  The leadership and members are working on your behalf. 


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRQ Public Affairs
Monday, August 2, 2004 

SOME PROGRAMS TO INCREASE EXERCISE HAVE LASTING EFFECTS


Some behavior modification programs designed to increase exercise show continued effects for at least 3 months after they end, according to a new report released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and supported by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. However, the review of existing evidence also demonstrated that it is difficult to achieve sustainable gains in increased physical activity because few studies looked at the effects of these programs for more than 1 year. 

"This report underscores that the successful expansion of efforts to increase physical activity first requires a better understanding of what makes programs effective," said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Encouraging Americans to be more physically active is a key part of President Bush's HealthierUS initiative and HHS' Steps to a HealthierUS initiative. According to the latest statistics, 70 percent of adults in the United States do not get enough physical activity, and more than one-third
of children do not participate regularly in vigorous exercise. A study released by HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2004 found that 400,000 deaths in the United States are linked to poor diet and lack of physical activity-an increase of 33 percent since 1990. 

AHRQ's evidence review found that no specific behavioral intervention or setting appeared to be more effective than another and that shorter, less-intensive programs were just as successful at achieving behavior change as ones that lasted longer and involved more contacts with participants. Interventions examined included face-to-face counseling, mailings, and check-ups by telephone. Settings for the interventions included clinics, community centers, schools, workplaces, child care centers, exercise
centers, churches, and participants' homes. 

"This report provides good information about increasing physical activity through interventions delivered in a variety of settings," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "Hopefully it will help us to identify programs that can lead to sustained behavior change."
In addition to reviewing evidence from physical activity interventions in healthy populations, the authors also examined the effects of exercise on cancer survivors-people living with cancer or those who have a personal history of the disease. The report concluded that exercise programs can improve cancer patients' functional capacity and cardiopulmonary fitness, reduce symptoms of fatigue, and improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment. In addition, exercise can reduce cancer patients' symptoms of anxiety and depression during treatment. The report suggests that physical activity may have other positive effects among cancer patients, but at this time there are too few studies to reach any conclusions. 

NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., said "Regular physical activity  is important for both lowering the risk for and managing multiple diseases, including some cancers. The more we understand about how to help people start and maintain exercise programs, the more we can help cancer survivors
combat some of the early and late effects of cancer and its treatment."

The report was prepared by a team of researchers led by Jeremy Holtzman, M.D., at AHRQ's University of Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice Center in Minneapolis. A summary of the report, Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions to Modify Physical Activity Behaviors in General Populatins
and Cancer Patients and Survivors, can be found at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/pacansum.htm For the full report, go to http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/evrptfiles.htm#pacan Printed copies may be ordered by calling (800) 358-9295 or by sending an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov


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