Cookies and Goodies Needed - Under the Boardwalk – August 20th, 5:30 pm

Cookies and goodies are needed for the Clinical Center monthly party!  If you are interested in contributing some goodies for the party please deliver the items to the R&W office in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30 or the R&W in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C06 on August 20th by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store will also accept goodies if it’s more convenient to drop off there.  Please deliver to Rockledge I, Rm. 4202 by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 19th.

Monthly R&W Vendor Fair August 6th – Bldg. 10 South Lobby

Do you like discounts?  Are you looking for that perfect getaway?  The R&W is now providing an on-campus resource for all your discount, travel and program needs.  Every month, R&W partner vendors will visit the Bldg. 10 South Lobby to highlight their programs and special offers for NIH employees and contractors.  Take some time to find out about special promotions, events, tickets, services or just simply stop by to take a break and learn more about what the R&W has to offer. On August 6th visit the following participants: NIHFCU, AT&T, The Princeton Review, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Luray Caverns, PNC Bank, AXA Advisors, Ross Management, RE/MAX.  The expo will also take place with a variety of vendors on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, Oct. 1st, Nov. 5th, and Dec. 3rd from 10am – 2pm.

On August 19th Get off Your Buns and Move

On Wednesday, August 19th, join Blacks in Government, in association with the R&W, NIH R&W Fitness Center, ORS/DATS, and 96.3 WHUR for “Get off Your Buns and Move” from 12pm – 1pmon the Bldg. 31A Patio.  Join Triscina Grey – host of Mid-day and Café 96, along with fitness guru Daryl Haley for a fun and engaging workout.  Get the fitness, workout and eating tips that you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  More details on this event can be found at

2nd Annual Charity SEC Tailgate Event: The Prelude

Celebrate the beginning of the college football season by tailgating with your fellow NIH College Football fans and football enthusiasts. Taste the savory staples provided by vendors, be entertained with games and live music, and expect guest appearances from former collegiate athletes. Proceeds will benefit Special Love Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support and excellent programs for families with children being treated for cancer. All are welcome to join us outside Bldg. 10 courtyard and lawn on the NIH Bethesda Campus, Tuesday, August 25th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  Help us raise money for a great charity! For more details contact

Mark Your Calendar For The Institute Relay

On Your Mark, Get Set…Go!  It’s time for the 32nd NIH Institute Challenge Relay.  The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, members of the original NIH Health Angels and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services of ORS, are excited to invite you to this year’s relay.  Can your team unseat “Run from Obesity” as the fastest team?  The rules are the same…the Relay consists of teams of five runners each whom run a ½ mile loop around Bldg.1.  All Institutes, Centers, Divisions, and Contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish.  Each team must have men and women runners with at least two runners of the same sex (you can have a team of two females-three males or three females-two males).  The team with the fastest five runners will win the honor of having their names on the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy located at the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center.  Come out and join the fun!  The race will be held on Tuesday, September 15th in front of Bldg. 1, beginning at 11:30am.  It’s time to put on your thinking caps and think creatively about your team name.  Examples from last year include: A Vial Labeled Misc, Lactating Octopus, Scrambled Legs and Hamstrings, employee RELAYtions, and ‘Cuz HR Said So!  However, the most important part of the race is to have fun and enjoy the company of your fellow NIHers.  Remember, contractor teams are welcome as well as more than one team per Institute.  This year registration will be done online at and the fee is $15 per team.  We ask that each group leader also provide the name and contact info for one volunteer, there needs to be 26 per heat for the relay to commence.  Make sure to visit with food and event exhibitors as well.  To volunteer or for more info contact the R&W office at 301-496-6061.

2015 In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All Photo Contest

The Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) invites you to be a part of building and sustaining a positive safety culture at NIH through photography.  You can contribute to the safety effort by capturing or creating an image (or up to 3 images) depicting safe workplaces or activities, e.g., laboratory workers using personal protective equipment, crossing guards on busy streets, construction workers using safety gear, etc. and sharing them with us.  DOHS will share your photos with the entire NIH community through our safety publications, pamphlets and posters.  First, second and third place photographs will be framed and prominently displayed outside the ORS office; and the images will be featured on the ORS/DOHS web site.  The three winners will receive recognition and a framed certificate from NIH leadership.  Entries will be accepted from August 26th to October 31st.  Visit the “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” table at Safety Health and Wellness Day – August 26th where you can obtain flyers and find out more about the contest.  To learn more about the contest, rules, panel of judges, selection process and to submit your photo, visit  If you have any questions, please e-mail or send written questions to: NIH, OD, ORS, DOHS (Attn: In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All Photo Contest), Bldg. 13, Room 3K04, 13 South Drive, MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD 20892-5760.

3rd Annual R&W Club Frederick Golf Tournament Benefitting the NIH Children’s Inn

Registration is open, through August 28th, for R&W Club Frederick’s 3rd annual golf tournament, with proceeds benefitting the NIH Children’s Inn!  The tourney will be held on Monday, Sept. 14th, at Maryland National Golf Club, 8836 Hollow Rd, Middletown MD.  Create a team of four players, individual players will be added to teams of less than four.  The cost to play is $85 per person which includes green fee, golf cart with global positioning system (GPS), practice facility and lunch.  Golfers should arrive by 8am with a shotgun start at 9am. For more info or to register email

Interested In Learning How to Sail?

The NIH Sailing Association (NIHSA), an R&W supported club, offers a Sailing Basic Training course for NIH adult employees, contractors, fellows, and patients, and NOAA employees.  The summer course will be offered from July 14th – October 15th.  For details, visit  The in-class sessions are held on the NIH Bethesda campus and the on-board (on the water) sessions are held at Selby Bay on the South River near Edgewater, MD.  Participants must be able to provide or arrange for their own transportation to both the in-class and onboard sessions.  If you are interested in this course and would like more info, contact  If you are an experienced sailor and would like to be able to charter the NIHSA boats please contact us about joining the club and doing a check-out sail.  We are also always looking for experienced volunteers to help with both in-class and on-board instruction.  Visit the NIHSA at the Bldg. 10 R&W Community Market on July 7th.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make three visits to NIH for our 2015 Mammography Screening. All NIH employees, their families, contractors, visiting scientists and others associated with NIH are eligible to participate. The screening dates are as follows: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – Building 10 Thursday, December 17, 2015 – Building 45 The van will be on-site from 9:30am - 3:30pm taking prescheduled appointments. Reservations can be made no more than 1 month prior of screening date. Each screening is conducted by a female technologist, and a board certified radiologist specializing in mammography will interpret the images. Appointments should take approximately 20 minutes. Most insurance companies will cover the cost (approx $350) of the screening. To see if your insurance is accepted or to make an appointment, call 202-741-3252. If there is no answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number. The GW Mammovan staff will call you back and schedule your appointment. Please have your insurance card and doctor’s information available when calling to make an appointment. Who is Eligible? Any woman IS eligible if she meets the following:

  • She is age 40 or older
  • She is not pregnant or breast-feeding
  • She does not have breast implants
  • She does not have any prior history of breast problems (patients who need a 6 months follow up must get a Diagnostic mammogram not Screening)
  • She is not having symptoms such as a lump in either breast or unusual breast pain
  • She has a referring physician or doctor of record (Ex. Medical Doctor, OBGYN doctor)
  • She has not had a mammogram within the last 12 months

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this screening should contact the R&W at 301-496-6061 and/or the Federal Relay 1-800-877-8339 or email Requests should be made at least 10 days in advance of the appointment. For more information about mammography, breast cancer, or other types of cancer call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER or see

The NIH Judo Club Brings Home the Medals

The NIH Judo Club had a banner year representing the NIH community, locally and nationally in judo in both shiai and kata competitions.  Shiai or tournament competition is a one-on-one combative contest with the winner being declared by throwing, pinning, or submission (via choke or arm-lock) of the opponent.  Kata or pre-arranged form competition is performed by a pair with a judging panel evaluating the techniques of the pair and generating a score.  In shiai, Kazuya Ono, PhD, a fellow from NIDCD, double medaled in the Maryland State Championships with a 1st place in his senior weight class division and a 2nd place in the Masters division. Tomoko Ikeuchi, PhD, DDS, a fellow from NIDCR won 2nd place honors in her senior weight class division.  The next month, at the Virginia State Championships, Dr. Ikeuchi won 2nd place honors.  Later in the spring, she won 1st place honors at the Capital Grapple in her newaza only or matwork division.  To support the club’s kata program, two national and international kata competitors and judges were brought to the club for a special teaching session on Nage No Kata (the throwing kata) for our students.  The fruit of that experience follows.  Wayne Lifshitz and Enrique Caballero performed Nage No Kata at the Faye Allen Kata Clinic and Tournament, winning 2nd place.  In the next series of competitions, Wayne teamed with Monty Burton and the team won 1st place at the Takemori Open, 2nd place at the Maryland State Championships, and 1st place at the Virginia State Championships—all in Nage No Kata. In the spring, Lifshitz & Burton won 2nd place at the USA Judo Nationals in Irving, Texas in Nage No Kata.  The NIH Judo Club is continuing its winning tradition of competitive judo in both shiai and kata since its founding in 1979 by former NIH Deputy Director, Dr. Thomas Malone.  In the upcoming competition season the club instructors expect continued success on the mat from the people they train and prepare for competition.  Such stellar performances are a continuation of Dr. Malone’s vision of judo on the NIH campus.​

NIH R&W Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) Corporate Membership

Eligibility for MAC Corporate Memberships apply to any NIH staff member who has both a valid NIH ID badge, current NIH email address, and a current R&W membership. This offer doesn’t extend to family members.  MAC memberships under this promotion are $140 (savings of over $200).  This group membership provides joiners with full access to the MAC, ONLY.  The MAC is located at 5900 Executive Blvd; North Bethesda, MD.  To join NIH employee can sign up for their membership directly at the MAC.  You must present your NIH ID badge, as well as a current R&W membership card with sticker (purchase a new card/sticker at any R&W store location). Registration will open on September 2nd.Call the MAC at 240-777-8070 if you have questions about swim schedules, swim hours, classes, etc.  This opportunity is not part of any official federal fitness program, so neither R&W, NIH, nor any other part of DHHS can take responsibility for injuries or related problems that may develop as a result of using this facility.  Use of the MAC must also be on employee’s personal time only. Neither R&W, NIH more broadly, nor DHHS is necessarily endorsing the MAC.  Before increasing your current level of physical activity, consult with your physician.  The need for medical guidance also applies to the use of saunas and whirlpools, since some medical conditions or effects of certain medications could be worsened by sudden changes in body temperature and/or fluid levels.

AlertNIH The Official Emergency Communication Service for the National Institutes of Health

NIH public safety, human resources, public affairs, and facilities representatives, with support from senior leadership, have developed an emergency communication service called AlertNIH.  During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, NIH public safety officials will use AlertNIH to send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to employees’ government-owned communication devices. Employees have the ability to opt-in to receive these updates on their personal devices too.  In order to enroll your personal device, log in to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) and scroll to the bottom of your profile to the section titled “AlertNIH.”  Click the “Edit” button and select the personal devices you wish to receive updates on. NIH employees are also strongly encouraged to update their NED profiles.  AlertNIH has established a presence on several social media platforms and can be found on Twitter at and Facebook at  For questions on the AlertNIH service, please contact the Office of Research Services, Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination at 301-496-1985 or visit

Camp Fantastic – Special Love, Inc.

Children with cancer have to grow up much too fast.  They feel different from other children and many miss out on activities that healthy children experience daily.  This was the reason Special Love was created.  Special Love programs, including Camp Fantastic, offer children with cancer the chance to jump, play, explore, laugh, swim and make friends through a community of support, made up of patients, family, and staff who know and understand the trials and triumphs of battling childhood cancer.  We need your contributions to assist Special Love in their mission. Be a phantom camper by giving a donation.  Enjoy camp without the bugs, sunburn or snoring counselors!  Here’s how you can help. $25 sends a hug to camp $75 sends a child to camp for the day $125 feeds a child for a week $250 sends a child to camp for a weekend $400 sends a family to camp for a weekend $650 sends a child to camp for the week Donations are tax deductible.  Make checks payable to the R&W Foundation and send to R&W, Bldg. 31 Rm. B1W30.  Together we can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer.