Science Spotlight | January 2024 Highlights

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Science Spotlight | January 2024 Highlights

Jan. 10, 2024

Science SpotlightACSM From Around Field Science Webinar Series Open to Students

ACSM’s From Around the Field Science webinar series is designed to provide ACSM students and members an opportunity to learn more about the diverse science our members conduct. Join us for informal discussions with our ACSM members to hear more about what they study, the general research methodology they use, and some of the interesting results their research is generating. In January, John Jakicic, Ph.D., FACSM will discuss the advancements in the pharmacotherapy treatment options for overweight/obesity, which are commonly referred to as anti-obesity medications (AOMs). This presentation will explore these AOMs and their effects on body weight, body composition, and other health-related outcomes. Moreover, this session will explore what is currently known about the role of physical activity within the context of AOM treatments and consider opportunities for physical activity within clinical and research settings. Join us on Jan. 18 from 12 - 1 p.m. ET for this interesting discussion. If you can’t join us live, register and we will send you the recording. FREE for ACSM members.

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Register for the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Fourth Meeting

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) invite the public to participate in the Committee’s meeting as part of its ongoing work. Convened jointly by the HHS and USDA, the Committee will hear updates from each subcommittee and discuss progress made since the third public meeting. Topics will include protocol development, evidence review and synthesis, draft conclusion statements, and plans for future Committee work, including development of the Committee’s scientific report. The 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will hold the public meeting on Jan. 19, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET. Register HERE and learn more about the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and its work at  

Continuing professional education credits are also available for registered dietitians, registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered nutrition and dietetics technicians.

Physical Activity Alliance Newsletter

The mission of the Physical Activity Alliance (PAA) is to lead efforts to create, support, and advocate policy and system changes that enable all Americans to enjoy physically active lives. The PAA December 2023 newsletter is now available here or visit the PAA website for more information.

PAA webinar on IRS guidance to Pay for Physical Activity Expenses available for viewing

In December, the PAA hosted the “Can I Use my FSA/HSA to Pay for Physical Activity Expenses?” webinar to provide a summary of the recently updated IRS guidance on the use of Tax-Favored Health Accounts (Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Health Reimbursement Accounts) to pay for physical activity expenses. The webinar provides practical advice for clinicians, employers, community-based health & fitness centers, and exercise professionals about how to use the IRS guidance to help support people with the appropriate medical conditions to move more. The webinar features IRS, Society for Human Resources Management, and experts from the healthcare and health & fitness sectors as panelists including: Theresa Adams, Sr. Advisor, HR Knowledge; Amy Bantham, President Physical Activity Alliance; Mike Goscinski, Vice President of Government Affairs IHRSA–The Health & Fitness Association; Liz Joy, Chief Medical Officer Lore Health; Kevin Knopf, Senior Technician Reviewer IRS; Amy Wei, Senior Attorney IRS; Laurie Whitsel, National Vice President-Policy Research and Translation American Heart Association. Access the full recording here.