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Health and Wellness

Safety, Health and Wellness Day

Thank you for attending the 2015 Safety, Health and Wellness Day! 

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the activities and learn about safety, health and wellness opportunities at the NIH.  Each year, Safety, Health and Wellness Day serves to reach out to all NIH personnel in an effort to enhance employee nutrition, wellness, physical fitness, safety awareness and reduce work related injuries and illnesses. NIH offered exciting and interactive activities!  Check out what we offered on 2015 Safety, Health and Wellness Day!

Schedule, Activities and Videocast 

There were many activities demonstrating work, home and recreational safety including:

Exhibitors, including federal agencies will showcase nutrition, fitness and occupational health and safety information and activities.  Participate in FREE fitness assessments and class demonstrations provided by the Fitness Staff.  Sessions related to research on health, nutrition, physical fitness and/or safety.


*The presence of any exhibitor does not represent or constitute an endorsement of any product, service, entity or enterprise by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, the United State Government, or its employees.


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Guest Speaker: Anita Schill, PhD, MPH

Anita Schill Picture.jpgDr. Anita Schill is the Senior Science Advisor to the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. 

As the Senior Science Advisor, Dr. Schill shares responsibilities for strategy development and leadership of the NIOSH Total Worker Health™ Program.  Her current efforts in this role are directed at building a coordinated Total Worker Health™ research program that generates knowledge to support integration of occupational safety and health protection programs with efforts to promote health and prevent disease.  Additionally, she provides leadership for Total Worker Health™ research-to-practice activities that advance the overall health, safety and well-being of workers.    
Dr. Schill also contributes to Institute-wide efforts related to strategic program direction.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Schill served as the NIOSH Associate Director for Science.  She has been a member of the NIOSH Director’s staff since 2000.
Prior to her work at NIOSH, Dr. Schill was a Health Scientist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the former Directorate of Health Standards Programs.  She has also worked in various occupational health service delivery and consultation capacities in the private sector.
Dr. Schill received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Russell Sage College, her Master of Arts in Occupational Safety and Health from New York University, and her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (formerly the School of Hygiene and Public Health).   


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Health Screenings (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) in Room G1/G2

Health screenings are completed on a first come, first serve basis.  No registration is required.

Blood Pressure

Provided by the Division of Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Medical Service (DOHS/OMS). The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. Your doctor or another qualified health professional should check it at least once every two years and more often if it's high. 

Bone Density/Osteoporosis

Provided by Suburban Hospital Community Health & Wellness Department, a quick and easy heel test to measure the bone mass density to estimate your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Derma Scan Screening

This ultraviolet screening shows skin damage that is invisible to the naked eye. Derma scans will tell you if there is any damage or premature aging of the skin due to sun exposure. Screening results are provided in real time.

Glaucoma Screening

Provided by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. A visual field test to evaluate peripheral vision in each eye since glaucoma affects an individual's side vision first, and often the individual does not realize the loss. The "puff" test which measures eye pressure will not be performed. Individuals can take the screening with glasses and/or contact lenses.

Seated Massages - Lower Level

Seated massage focuses primarily on the muscles used most during the work day including those of the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms and hands. Seated massages will be provided by Terrel Hale from Georgetown Sports Massage. 

Chiropratic and Massage Therapy - Lower Level

Presented by Sang's Chiropratic includes massage therapy and chiropratic assessments.

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Fitness Assessments (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM) in Room C1/C2

Registration will be required in advance for this health screening.
Please Note: Only six (6) participants can register for each assessment time slot.
This 20-minute Fitness Assessment will be conducted by the NIH R&W Fitness program and consist of the following:
  • Push-ups
  • Partial Curl-ups
  • 3-Minute Step Test
  • Sit & Reach
Please plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Wear exercise clothing and shoes for the test.
  • No food for two hours before testing.
  • No caffeinated beverages.
  • No alcohol for 24 hours before testing
  • No smoking for two hours before testing
You will be contacted by one of the fitness center staff after Safety, Health and Wellness Day to set up an appointment to find out your results. Your blood pressure, body fat percentage and body mass index will also be determined at this appointment.

Fitness Classes

Vinyasa Yoga with Jan (11:00 am - 11:30 am) in Room E1/E2

This type of yoga incorporates movement from one pose to another with connection to the breath that integrates strength, flexibility, balance, cardio, physical, and mental vitality. The best part about yoga is that it isn’t about being perfect – it’s a practice – something we are always working on. 

Cardio Kickboxing with Robin (11:30 am - 12:00 pm) in Room E1/E2

Fun and energizing workout. The class incorporates boxing moves such as kicks, jabs, uppercuts, and hooks to improve agility and power while burning calories. All levels welcome!

Zumba with Valerie (11:30 am - 12:00 pm) in Room F1/F2

                                  (12:00 pm - 12:30 pm) in Room E1/E2       

Zumba® is a Latin music based dance and fitness class - at a pace where both the novice and most experienced dance enthusiasts can enjoy. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Never danced? No rhythm? No worries! Come for the fun – we’ll help you with the rest.

Belly Dancing with Sahara Dance (12:30 pm - 1:00 pm) in Room E1/E2

Belly dancing is based on one of the oldest social dances in world history, originating in North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Belly dancing is both a beautiful form of dance and a great way to exercise. It'll help you stay in shape and allow you to express your personal creativity.

To register, visit the NIH Safety, Health & Wellness Day Registration Page and select the Registration Button. External Website

POUND with Ashley (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm) in Room E1/E2

Full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and isometric poses. You will strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique-all while rocking out to your favorite music!

Pilates with Susan (1:30 pm - 2:00 pm) in Room E1/E2

Based on the works of Joseph Pilates, this class strengthens core muscles while opening joints and releasing tension. Create and condition strong, elongated and flexible muscles that improve posture, strength and overall athletic performance. Equipment: yoga mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own!

Tabata Training with Ashely (12:30 pm - 1:00 pm) in Room F1/F2

Tabata Training is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which is comprised of 20-second set exercises of both cardio and strength training followed by 10-seconds of active recovery breaks. Each set takes only about 4 minutes and is repeated 8 times. The whole workout engages your body head-to toe through the use of weights, resistance bands, and other supplied workout tools that will help the participants receive the benefits that align with their fitness goals. Equipment: Weights and tubing.

Cuban Rumba with Chip (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm) in Room F1/F2

In Cuba, Rumba is a generic term covering a variety of musical rhythms and associated dances. The rumba has its influences in the music brought to Cuba by Spanish colonizers as well as Africans brought to Cuba as slaves. Rumba is more than a music and dance genre; it is the collective expression of the Creole nature of the island itself. Rumba is a secular genre of Congolese African and Spanish flamenco influences, and is one of the primary ancestors of popular music in Cuba.

To register, visit the NIH Safety, Health & Wellness Day Registration Page and select the Registration Button. External Website

Krav Maga with Pure Performance (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm) in Room A

A complete, modern self-defense system developed to train anyone quickly how to defend themselves, regardless of age or inexperience. Classes include a conditioning component so you will gain a practical workout while learning real-life self-defense skills.

Fitness Boot Camp with Pure Performance (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm) in Room B

A high intensity boot camp style training that incorporates a mix of fast paced resistance and body weight exercises. A fun, dynamic and unpredictable format creates a challenging, heart pumping, fat burning, and muscle toning experience regardless of age, athleticism or physical ability.

Boxing with Pure Performance (1:30 pm - 2:00 pm) in Room B

Learn how to stay on your feet, throw and take punches (while protecting your chin and organs) and how use your fists to take control and defend yourself. Learn the "sweet science" of boxing and improve your cardio, strength, reflexes and coordination.

Spinning with CYCLED! (11:30 am - 2:00 pm) in Balcony A

CYCLED! presents a high intensity, low impact cycling experience that is designed to maximize your caloric burn and build your cardiovascular endurance. Prepare to ride to the invigorating beats of the latest POP, HIP HOP, REGGAE, and HOUSE music. Riders of all levels are invited to participate!  Classes are on the half hour.

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Safety & Security Demonstration (12:15 pm - 1:45 pm) Balcony C

The Office of Management is offering a 1.5 hour presentation on "NIH Safety and Security".  The training includes information from the following resources:

The NIH Civil Program, Office of Human Resources External Website will address matters pertaining to the prevention of violence in the workplace.

The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination (DEPC), ORS  External Website will address emergency alert notification, evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures.

The Division of Police, ORS  External Websitewill address security and safety tips in the event of an active shooter scenario.

The demonstration is open to everyone.

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BBQ Food For Purchase

We are offering a choice of 1 entree and 2 sides, with a beverage and sliced watermelon for $8.00 per person. 

BBQ Entrees (Choice of 1)

  • Grilled chicken breast sandwich on whole wheat bun
  • Lean beef burger on brioche roll
  • Vegetarian bean burger on whole wheat bun

BBQ Sides (Choice of 2)

  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Light vinaigrette coleslaw
  • Classic potato salad

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Special Drawing

A special drawing for prizes will be held near the end of the event (attendees do not need to be present to win).  To be included in the drawing, attendees will receive a "passport" upon arrival at the entrances to Building 45, Natcher Conference Center on the day of the event.  Attendees must have their "passport" completed by visiting certain exhibits and receiving a stamp to confirm participation.  All attendees are eligible to win but must come to the event and complete the passport prior to the drawing.

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NIH Feds Feed Familes

Donation boxes will be set up throughout the Building 45, Natcher Conference Center for the final day of the NIH Feds Feed Families External Website summer food drive.  This is a last push to provide healthy food for our neighbors in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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Organizers and Event Sponsors

Safety, Health and Wellness Day is organized by the Safety, Health and Wellness Day Planning Team.  We appreciate our event sponsors who provide invaluable support to make Safety, Health and Wellness Day a success:

  • 2015 IC Co-Sponsor: National Cancer Institute
  • Office of Research Services
  • Office of Research Facilities
  • NIH Occupational Safety and Health Committee
  • IC Safety and Health Chairpersons Committeee
  • Laboratory Sustainability Group

We welcome ICs, Centers and Offices to participate as an event sponsor.  If you are interested, please contact Larry Johnson at larry.johnson@nih.gov or (301) 496-2960.


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Transportation and Shuttle Service

A special shuttle route will run between Buildings 10 South, 40 (to service Blgs 29, 30, 35, 37, 40 & 49) and Natcher Conference Center from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm.
For staff off campus, there will be free parking in MLP-11 (visitor) parking garage off Rockville Pike during the event. Please bring your ticket for validation at the event.

For information about NCI shuttle schedules and services, contact Gehmelle Johnson at (240) 276-5542 or via email at ncishadygroveshuttle@mail.nih.gov.  The NCI-Frederick shuttle service is available to take employees to/from the Frederick and Bethesda campuses four (4) times daily, with the first run starting from the Frederick.  
Individuals who need reasonable accommoda­tion to participate should contact Chris Gaines (301) 451-3631 and/or the Federal Relay (800) 877-8339.

Additional information about transportation to the NIH can be found here. External Website

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Reasonable Accomodation 

Individuals who need reasonable accomodation to participate should contact Carole Harman at harmanc@ors.od.nih.gov or (301) 402-8180 and/or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339.  Requests should be made at least 5 days prior to the event.

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