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ACS research article on walking earns significant recognition

Congratulations to Alpa Patel, PhD, whose article “Walking in Relation to Mortality in a Large Prospective Cohort of Older U.S. Adults,” was named its 2018 Article of the Year by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM).

Every year the editors at AJPM review all papers published in the journal over the previous calendar year to select  the most influential manuscript. The decision is based on readership, downloads and discussions, and sharing through mainstream media, blogs, social networks, and the AJPM website.

The study led by Alpa found that people who got even a little walking at a moderate pace had a decreased risk of death compared with those who did little or no activity. Those who walked at or above recommended levels decreased their risk even more. Read more here.

"Please accept our congratulations on your achievement and consider this letter as formal acknowledgment of your substantial contribution to AJPM and excellence in advancing preventive medicine through written scholarship. We are also pleased to offer you a cash award of $1,500 in recognition of your research accomplishments," said Editor-in-Chief Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH, in his letter of congratulations.

Alpa, senior scientific director, Epidemiology Research, is donating the money to her department's Relay For Life team.

"I was very excited for our organization to be recognized in this way," said Alpa. "Being selected as Paper of the Year represents the hard work of our Behavioral and Epidemiology Research Group, and the hard work of our media relations team, especially David Sampson. Most importantly though, this work highlights to the public the value of research at the American Cancer Society; research that is possible because of the Society’s staff and volunteer commitment to the Cancer Prevention Studies." 

Also contributing to the article were these ACS scientists in our Intramural Research department: Corinne R. Leach, PhD, senior principal scientist, Behavioral Research; Peter T. Campbell, scientific director, Epidemiology Research; Ying Wang, PhD, principal scientist, Epidemiology Research; and Susan M. Gapstur, PhD, senior VP, Behavioral and Epidemiology Research. Also contributing was Colleen Doyle, MS, managing director, Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cancer Control.

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