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April 5-8, 2018 • Hyatt Regency Crystal City • Arlington, Virginia


2017 Keynote Lectures

Room: Golden Ballroom

Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health: Clarifying the Risk-Protection Paradox

Barry Franklin


Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, Michigan


  • Thursday, April 6, 5:30PM

This lecture will summarize the relations between physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, surgical outcomes and mortality, with specific reference to practical implications for health-fitness professionals. In addition, the presentation will compare moderate exercise versus high-intensity interval training, and the added effectiveness (if any) of extreme exercise on mortality. Finally, I plan to discuss ‘at risk activities’ for individuals with known or suspected cardiovascular disease, and provide recommendations to reduce the risk of exercise-related acute cardiac events.


Using Theory and Technology to Promote Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance


Bess Marcus, Ph.D.
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California


  • Friday, April 7, 8:15AM

Dr. Marcus will discuss (a) the importance of addressing the physical inactivity epidemic, (b) the benefit of using technology with theory-based interventions for physical activity behavior change in order to increase intervention effectiveness, and (c) her latest research on physical activity interventions in underserved populations in order to reduce health disparities.

Larry Golding Lecture – Exercise is Medicine®: The Importance of Connecting Fitness with Healthcare


Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM
Kaiser Permanente
Fontana, California


  • Saturday, April 8, 8:15AM

The broad ranging health benefits of regular physical activity cannot be denied and it is clear that exercise is a powerful medicine that should be prescribed by healthcare providers to all their patients. To help make this happen a Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) should be used in all patient encounters and fitness professionals should become part of the healthcare team to design exercise regimens for patients. This lecture will outline a plan to make this happen.