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Health and Fitness Week Begins May 3

By Laura Hall
April 2010

A smiling woman in running attire. Other runners are in the background.
Former Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Adair, Ph.D., was one of many NIEHS runners who have taken advantage of an opportunity to compete during past Health and Fitness weeks. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

A group of men playing basketball. One player is shooting the ball.
Gordon Caviness went for the goal against the rival team in the annual basketball tournament two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

During the first week in May, the annual NIEHS Health and Fitness Week will offer staff a bounty of fun and healthy activities. The theme of this year's event is "Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle Through Nutrition and Weight Management."

Festivities begin the last week in April as participants sign up for the Taking Steps to Your Health Contest. Teams of three employees will be tracking their steps for a week using pedometers and then submit their total number of steps taken at the end of Fitness Week. Fitness Room Manager Stephanie Bullock-Allen will assign people to teams and give out the pedometers.

The informative seminars, "Quick Healthy Meals" on Monday, May 3, and "Portion Distortion - Are You on a Sugar High?" on Wednesday will discuss easy ways to maintain a healthy diet.

Throughout the week, there will be contests in basketball, football throws, fitness, and table tennis, as well as Wii games, a jump rope demonstration, a Tai Chi demonstration, and a golf outing - an off-campus event that requires participants to take annual leave. The annual "Rogathon" 5K run and a two mile nature walk will take place on Wednesday.

Participants can exercise without competing in the Power Yoga class and the Cardio Dance Party. Bike-to-Work events are scheduled throughout the month of May. Also, for those who just want to relax, the ever popular chair massages are available by appointment on Wednesday.

Organizers plan to distribute flyers, posters, and e-mails later this month with schedules and sign-up information. The Health and Fitness Week event is sponsored by the Office of Management Health and Fitness organizing committee.

(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)

A smiling woman riding a bicycle, with arms spread wide, down a sunny lane
A playful Heather Henry couldn't resist showing off for the camera during Bike-to-Work Month in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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