Trustee Candidate: International
Jasem Ramadan Alkandari, Ph.D., FACSM
Department of Physiology
Faculty of Medicine
1. Please list your service to ACSM.
I contributed as an International Reviewer for ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. Eighth Edition, 2010.
I am Translating ACSM’s position stands into Arabic – ongoing.
I attended ACSM’s Meetings: 1983 – 2010, except 1990, 1991, & 1992 (Kuwait invasion by Iraq) and actively participated in all International Reception and discussion activities.
I presented many abstracts in ACSM’s Annual Meetings.
I worked on disseminating ACSM activities and encourage memberships in the Eastern Middeterian Region and around the world.
I invited scholars both past presidents and fellows of ACSM to international meetings in Kuwait.
2. What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?
ACSM’s greatest strength is in advancing health through science, education and medicine. It renders its support to its community and academia by continuous and dedicated work towards the advancement of exercise sciences and sports medicine, providing extensive up to date resource materials and allowing its members to excel in improving the field of science and medicine for better healthy communities.
In the course of my life I have been dedicated to my vision of using my passion to help and aid my community and that is to use physical activity and exercise as means of rehabilitation and chronic disease prevention. I will work even more passionately towards advancing these goals further not only in the Middle East region but in the world at large wherever possible.
As an influential organization, ACSM is a strong lobbying organization at local US government agencies and Congress and at international levels. As an example, ACSM was strongly present at the world level such as the United Nations (UN) to include physical activity in the UN prevention document for noncommunicable diseases (NCD) at the high level meeting in 2011. ACSM has strong history in setting the guidelines for healthy practice of exercise as a prevention tool for NCD’s and as a managing tool for the treatment and the rehabilitation of NCD’s.
3. ACSM works closely with many organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/’companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.
ACSM/WHO: I am a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Group on Physical Activity (PA) for Health – Web Based Community, 2009 - Present.
I served as a Temporary Advisor for WHO Physical Activity Guideline Meeting – Geneva, February 23-25 2009.I participated as a member of the Expert Group Meeting to develop WHO Global Recommendations for PA that was held in Mexico City - January 2008.
ACSM/CDC: CDC Collaborating work on PA & Health, 2004 – 2012.
I participated in many joint activities and symposiums related to physical activity and health.
I organized the International Course for Physical Activity and Public Health in Kuwait, April 2009 and was the Director of the CDC/IUHPE International Course on Physical Activity and Public Health that was organized by Kuwait National Physical Activity Committee and Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University – Kuwait, April 12-16, 2009.
I worked with CDC/WHO/ACSM on developing Kuwait National plan for physical activity.
ACSM/Agita Mundo: I am elected to serve as a board member of Agita Mundo (2011 - 2014), an international organization for promoting physical activity around the world and as a global network for physical activity.
ACSM/IUHPE: I collaborated with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) to promote physical activity as a preventing factor for NCD’s.
I organized the International Course for Physical Activity and Public Health in Kuwait, April 2009 and served as the course director.
ACSM/IOC: I was a member of the Scientific Group on Fasting and Athletes, Medical Commission - International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne, April 3-5 2009.
ACSM/FIFA: I am invited as a Member of the Medical Commission of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) Scientific Group. The 1st International Consensus Meeting on Ramadan & Football. November 25-26, 2011.