FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS – From June 27 – July 4, the U.S. Medical Soccer Team will host the 2015 World Medical Football Championships (WMFC) and Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport in Long Beach, California. The World Medical Football Championships is a week-long World Cup style soccer tournament comprised of physician teams from around the world brought together for friendly competition. The U.S. Medical Soccer Team is a partner of the Exercise is Medicine® program, a global health initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine.
“The championship brings together more than 600 physicians from around the U.S and 20 other countries for a week of soccer, medical education and community outreach,” said Gautam Nayak, M.D., president of the U.S. Medical Soccer team, who will host this year’s championship.
In addition to the tournament, the Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport (GCMHS) will be held in conjunction with the WMFC. The goal of the congress is to bring physicians and other medical luminaries together to educate, innovate and improve the quality of care delivered to communities around the world. This year’s congress will culminate in the first ever World Health Systems Symposium, which will be devoted to the global obesity epidemic.
Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., a member of both ACSM and USMST, says, “Evidence shows that physicians leading an active lifestyle are two to five times more likely to provide activity counseling to their patients compared to inactive physicians. Exercise truly is medicine, and this week’s events help to highlight the importance of physical activity to overall health.”
Additionally, as part of this year's WMFC, a large event will be held to spotlight USMST’s outreach program "Healthy, Fit and Smart" with more than 200 children from the local Boys and Girls Clubs. The program is geared toward underserved youth and focuses on nutrition, fitness and education.
For more information about the U.S. Medical Soccer Team and the 2015 World Medical Football Championships, visit www.usmedicalsoccerteam.org.
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