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Trustee Candidate: International

Michelle Mottola, Ph.D., FACSM

Director, R. Samuel McLaughlin
Foundation-Exercise and Pregnancy Lab
Professor, School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Health Services
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

•    I wrote the section on exercise and pregnancy for Chapter 8 – Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations with Special Considerations and Environmental Considerations in ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 2014, 9th edition.
•     I contributed to a special symposium entitled Health Benefits of Physical Activity During Pregnancy:International Evidence, that was released as a Healthy Learning DVD from ACSM’s annual meeting, 2011.
•    I contributed to a Clinical Colloquium at ACSM’s annual meeting in 2012, entitled, Integrating Exercise Is Medicine® into the Care of Pregnant Women, which has just been published in Current Sports Medicine Reports and was the Sept. 2013 ACSM Editor's Pick as a Hot topic.
•    I chaired and contributed to a Featured Science Session Symposium – Physical Activity Interventions in Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women, at ACSM’s annual meeting in 2012.
•    I have been a member of ACSM for over 25 years starting as a graduate student and presented many symposia, tutorials and abstracts at ACSM’s Annual Meetings.
•    I became a Fellow of ACSM in 2004.
•    I have served on the Strategic Health Initiatives–Women, Physical Activity and Sport Committee from 2000 to 2008, which lead to an ACSM statement on Exercise and Pregnancy in the ACSM Bulletin October 2004.
•    I have been a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Obesity Prevention from 2008 to the present.

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

ACSM’s greatest strength is its membership as we are all linked in our common goal to promote exercise and health through advancement in scientific research, education, sports medicine and exercise science into each of our communities to improve fitness, health and quality of life. Our membership works hard as the grass roots of the nation to practice what we preach to improve health through exercise on a day to day basis. There has been nothing more exciting than ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine campaign providing valuable resources in the advancement of exercise science and sports medicine that is spreading to all communities to help prevent and curb chronic disease risks in all population groups.
My strength is in women’s health and my passion relates to disease prevention through early intervention. I will work hard to promote ACSM’s message world-wide that indeed Exercise is Medicine, and has a place in every community in United States, Canada and around the world for disease prevention and the promotion of health. Obesity and its co-morbidities affect almost every family in North America and are affecting health care in many countries. I would like to see ACSM’s strong message and influence used as a template for other countries to follow. 

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.

I am a member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists.
I was an invited member of the Expert Advisory Group on the National Nutrition Pregnancy Guidelines for Health Canada to establish national weight gain guidelines for pregnant Canadian women.
I was invited to participate in the project steering committee of the “iWIP” project (International weight management in pregnancy collaborative group), which is an international study led from the University of London (School of Medicine and Dentistry), United Kingdom.
I was invited to participate in a Working group for the Canadian Obesity Network “5As for Pregnancy” to promote behaviour change.

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