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Vol. LXI, No. 11
May 29, 2009
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Dance, Hike, Move!
The Wellness Train: Get on Board

Spring into Health’s opening day ceremonies rocked the house.

 

An estimated 1,800 folks got the lead out on NIH’s second annual Take-A-Hike Day.

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Spring into Health’s opening day ceremonies rocked the house.

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An estimated 1,800 folks got the lead out on NIH’s second annual Take-A-Hike Day.

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Zumba dancing earned these NIH’ers Challenge points for their ICs while boogying to the beat.

Zumba dancing earned these NIH’ers Challenge points for their ICs while boogying to the beat.  
   
“Spring into Health,” sponsored by the OD and the Office of AIDS Research, rocked the house—or the tent, actually—in its May 4 kick-off ceremony.

“I’m the only person ever to fail yoga,” quipped NIH acting deputy director/NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak in opening remarks.

The event was part of the NIH HealthierFeds President’s Challenge, designed to include both federal employees and contractors, from folks who already practice an active lifestyle to those who flunked yoga.

For 6 weeks, the activity goal is 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Or sign up for the program’s “champion” level. By participating, you can accumulate President’s Challenge points for your IC.

Registration ends May 29; the Challenge runs through July 24.

Wellness yields many benefits, Tabak said, including boosts in productivity, morale, energy, confidence and camaraderie.

And dance tips. As the deejays cut loose, the Fitness Center’s Terry Bowers and ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson got everybody out on the floor for the coolest zumba dancing east of the Rockies.

“Hips!” Bowers called out. “Are you finding them?”

Zumba, an aerobic exercise routine inspired by Latin dance, lets you earn Challenge points while boogying. The opening day demo was the first of several free classes; the full schedule is at http://oarwellness.oar.nih.gov/events.html.

On May 6, the second annual Take-A-Hike Day, sponsored by the Office of Research Services, featured the Fitness Center’s Robert Geter leading the warm-up in front of Bldg. 1. After a week of spring rain, the sun broke through and the scent of newly mown grass lifted everyone’s spirits.

Over 1,600 people had signed up for the walk and fun-run around the Bethesda campus, with real-time estimates of 1,800 participants.

Before the opening whistles, NIH acting director Dr. Raynard Kington presented the 2008 HealthierFeds Award to NIDCD.

He also bestowed this year’s Take-A-Hike Day participation awards: NCMHD took 1st place, Fogarty 2nd, NCCAM 3rd and NHGRI 4th.

“My institute didn’t win this year,” said NIAID epidemiologist Dr. David Morens. “Everybody’s working on the [H1N1] flu.”

To register for HealthierFeds, visit http://dats.ors.od.nih.gov/wellness/healthierFeds.htm or contact Chris Gaines at gainesc@mail.nih.gov or (301) 451-3631. NIHRecord Icon

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