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Vol. LXII, No. 13
October 1, 2010
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NIH Holds First Health, Wellness Expo

Terry Bowers (l) of the R&W Fitness Center shows Marie Hall of NHGRI how to get fit and have fun at the same time. Instructor Lewis Sloter, standing, shows a finishing move on instructor Dr. Bill Daniels in the NIH Taekwondo School demonstration.
Joe Cox of ORS’s DATS office helps Isis Alexander of NIAID make solid contact.
Clockwise, from top:Terry Bowers (l) of the R&W Fitness Center shows Marie Hall of NHGRI how to get fit and have fun at the same time.

Instructor Lewis Sloter, standing, shows a finishing move on instructor Dr. Bill Daniels in the NIH Taekwondo School demonstration.

Sue Kemp starts off another hypnotic, calorie-burning round with her hula hoop.

Joe Cox of ORS’s DATS office helps Isis Alexander of NIAID make solid contact.

Sue Kemp starts off another hypnotic, calorie-burning round with her hula hoop.

Cheryl Stevens of NINR gets stretchy at the start of a Pilates class.

Cheryl Stevens of NINR gets stretchy at the start of a Pilates class.

The inaugural NIH Health and Wellness Expo held Sept. 8 in the Natcher Conference Center showcased a wide range of services and information from more than 18 institutes and offered NIH’ers plenty of chances to try out new ways to get fit.

Representatives from the R&W fitness centers and various R&W clubs also gave demonstrations ranging from line dancing, Thai kickboxing and Pilates to tap dancing, aikido and taekwondo. Speakers offered scientific and informational talks that discussed topics such as why yoga works, how to watch calories while at work and how taking small steps throughout the day can combine to produce big results.

In addition to giving attendees an opportunity to dance, flex and get in the game, the event included staff from Suburban Hospital who offered health screenings for blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol and vision. Fitness assessments, much like the Presidential fitness tests people remember from high school, challenged folks to show off their push-up skills, stretch forward for the sit & reach, do modified sit-ups and get stepping.

“This is an opportunity for NIH to practice what we preach by making wellness information available to our most important resource, the employees of NIH,” said Chris Gaines, program manager for wellness activities in the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, ORS.


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