65 years ago, the founders of ACSM agreed its purpose was the promotion of research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and science to enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life. This was and is ACSM’s greatest strength. Since 1954, the obesity rate has surged from 10 to 40%, and T2 Diabetes has risen a hundredfold. Tethered to devices and chairs, “movement” has morphed from norm to novel. Today, investigators are examining interactions between genes, lifestyle interventions and the metabolome, as in Medicopharmacogenetics. My goal is to intensify the power of the ACSM mission by incorporating specific strategies in research, education and practice.
I will work to expand the financial support for ACSM’s Foundation research awards and scholarships; steer students to exercise science careers; and create multimedia platforms for investigators to communicate and promote their research, establishing ACSM as the definitive source for sports medicine information.
Along with other elected leaders and committees, I intend to communicate the role of exercise in a larger, integrative foundation of healthy lifestyle behaviors and present exercise’s critical role in optimizing the health span. I am presently facilitating an ACSM - Senior Olympics partnership to support clinical research and education in longevity science.
As a practicing physician, I continue to promote Exercise is Medicine® training and certification, support exercise science in health educational curriculum, and physical activity as a vital sign.