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Journal Supplement Focuses on Health Benefits of Walking

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Summary of conference brings attention to issues and research

INDIANAPOLIS – Though walking is widely considered an easy and safe form of physical activity, a cultural change to more inactive lifestyles has led to concerns about the population’s health status. A new supplement focusing on the health benefits of walking has been made available with the July 2008 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

The supplement was produced as a result of research from an international conference,"Walking for Health: Measurement and Research Issues and Challenge.” A joint effort by ACSM and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) created the conference in order to help examine and reverse the trend of the decline in walking, and to provide a forum to update and address critical measurement and research issues, as well as practical concerns related to walking and health. The conference attracted more than 300 participants from more than 17 countries.

The 11 articles, written by conference participants, are as follows:

1. Walking and public health
“The Importance of Walking to Public Health”
“Epidemiology of Walking and Type 2 Diabetes”

2.  Critical measurement issues related to walking
“Walking and Measurement”
“Revisiting ‘How Many Steps are Enough?’”
“How Many Days Was That? We're Still Not Sure, But We're Asking the Question Better!”

3.  Correlates and intervention of walking behavior
 “Built Environment Correlates of Walking: A Review”
“Interventions to Increase Walking Behavior”

4.  New methods for assessing and modeling walking behavior
“New Techniques and Issues in Assessing Walking Behavior and Its Contexts”
“Multilevel Modeling of Walking Behavior: Advances in Understanding the Interactions of People, Place, and Time”

5. Walking and selected subpopulations and setting
“Assessing Walking Behaviors of Selected Subpopulations”
“’We Move Kids’ - The Consensus Report from the Roundtable to Examine Strategies for Promoting Walking in the School Environment”

Members of the media are invited to obtain full articles and author contact information by emailing ACSM’s communications and public information department at


The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 international, national, and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

NOTE: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® is the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, and is available from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins at 1-800-638-6423. For a complete copy of the supplement (Vol. 40, No. 7, pages S509-S605) or to speak with a leading sports medicine expert on the topic, contact the Department of Communications and Public Information at 317-637-9200 ext. 127 or 133. Visit ACSM online at

The conclusions outlined in this news release are those of the researchers only, and should not be construed as an official statement of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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