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ACSM Preconference Makes Compelling Case for Physical Activity and Global Health

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It was a packed house on Sunday, Sept. 18, as ACSM brought together key stakeholders at our historic U.N. Side Event on Physical Activity and NCDs in New York City. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. – along with champion athletes and ministers of health from several Latin American nations – convened with the shared goals of globally elevating physical inactivity as a critical health concern and focusing multi-sectoral efforts on increasing physical activity to aid in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Participants shared their “best buys,” examples of programs proven to successfully increase physical activity in their nations. The event was a smashing success and successfully laid out plans to make physical activity a part of every country’s health care reform. ACSM will work with many partners over the coming months to implement a plan to support the U.N. Declaration.

View a recap video from the Side Event on Physical Activity and NCDs. Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the event.

U.N. Wages All-Out Attack on Noncommunicable Diseases at High-Level Meeting

In response to the global health epidemic of noncommunicable disease, the United Nations called together a U.N. High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). In the first such summit since 2001 (when the focus was on HIV/AIDS), the U.N. called upon the world’s leading experts to lay out a plan that will reduce the incidence of noncommunicable disease worldwide. ACSM played a visible and influential role at the U.N. High-Level Meeting on NCDs, which took place Sept. 19 and 20, 2011 in New York City. ACSM President-Elect Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, and CEO Jim Whitehead were two of just 100 nongovernmental representatives from around the world in attendance at the meeting. 

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