Newswise — The 61st ACSM Annual Meeting brings more than 6,000 physicians, scientists, educators, students and others to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, May 27-31. At the same time, the fifth World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) will convene some of the world’s leading physical activity and health experts to build on the global charter launched in 2010. EIM sessions are held at The Rosen Centre Hotel.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Paul Branks at [email protected] or 317-292-3007. Today’s Selected Scientific Sessions:TO CARB UP OR NOT TO CARB UP - THAT IS THE QUESTIONThere are multiple approaches to periodizing nutritional support in athletes, especially with carbohydrates. In a tutorial lecture, John Hawley of Australian Catholic University and Louis Burke, FACSM, from the Australian Institute of Sport will present an overview of the theory behind different approaches to carbohydrate intake and how carbohydrate availability can be systematically planned for training and competition programs in different types of athletes.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 206Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. HEALTHY BONES FOR LIFE STARTS AT A YOUNG AGEHealthy bones are important for healthy bodies throughout life. In a symposium, Chair David Thomas, FACSM, Illinois State University will provide the latest research on the effects of physical activity and exercise on bone health, the long-term impact of physical activity and exercise in children and youth, appropriate training, and the role of metabolic factors. The symposium will also highlight innovative school-based interventions aimed at improving bone health.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 105Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FUELING OPTIMUM HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR GIRLSIn the age of status updates, viral videos and digital images, it’s especially challenging for young women to live up to societal pressures and expectations of body image. During adolescence, young women begin to lay the foundation for longer term reproductive, bone and vascular health, and well-being. Lead by Chair Laura Rogers, FACSM, University of Alabama at Birmingham, this symposium will underscore the short-lived, but critically important time-span of the adolescent female and appropriate physical activity and nutrition.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 303Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ON THE FLY? TAKE A HIKEThe jet-setting lifestyle often translates into hours upon hours of sedentary activity and screen time. Christopher Berger of Arizona State University and Janet Fulton, FACSM, from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss the physiology of air travel and outline current efforts to encourage walking in American airport terminals.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 204Time: 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. GET AMERICANS WALKING: DEVELOPING A CALL TO ACTIONFrom the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jacqueline Epping and Joan Dorn will present a tutorial lecture titled the “Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability”. The session will describe the scientific- and practice-based evidence as well as expert and public input used to develop the Call to Action.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 308 DTime: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. RESEARCH SHOWCASE: BAREFOOT RUNNING AND MINIMALIST FOOTWEARAmid a high-profile lawsuit concerning “minimalist” footwear in the news, Sarah Ridge of Brigham Young University will present a thematic poster highlighting research on barefoot runners and athletes wearing minimalist footwear.Location: Orange County Convention Center – Valencia ATime: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. RESEARCH SHOWCASE: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAININGChair Matthew Harber, FACSM, of Taylor University presents “Clinical Application of High Intensity Interval Training” in a slide presentation highlighting seven of the latest studies on the topic.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 307 ATime: 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. RESEARCH SHOWCASE: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PREGNANCYChair Lanay Mudd of Michigan State University presents “Oh Baby! Physical Activity and Pregnancy” in a slide presentation highlighting six of the latest studies on the subject.Location: Orange County Convention Center – 306Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Other Events of Interest Happening Today: RADM BORIS D. LUSHNIAK, MD, MPH, ACTING SURGEON GENERALRear Admiral Lushniak will share his passion for promoting active lifestyles that improve personal health and the health of the nation. An avid bicyclist, runner and hiker, Rear Admiral Lushniak is an advocate for prevention and active living and will talk about the Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk! Initiative announced last year. Following his address, Rear Admiral Lushniak will lead session attendees on a fitness walk.Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Orange County Convention Center, Room 304E

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