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BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount 

R&W has BJ’s membership discounts for new members or renewals!  When you join BJ’s, you’ll have the convenience of finding all you need in one place – over 6,500 items in stores!  And, BJ’s accepts all manufacturers coupons.  This special offer is not valid online or at any BJ’s Club locations – it’s only available through only through R&W!

Memberships Categories:
Inner Circle - one year for $40 (reg. $50) plus bonus three months free
Rewards - one year for $80 (reg. $100), bonus three months free, and earn 2% payback on BJ’s purchases.

To receive an application, contact David Browne at browned2@mail.nih.gov.

Like the R&W on Facebook & Follow Us on Twitter

Our new website isn’t the only thing the only new way to better serve the NIH, NOAA and HHS communities.  The R&W will be more active on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NIHRW and on our new Twitter account @NIH_RW.  These accounts will provide reminders of upcoming events, post pictures from our events and even offer exclusive offers to our followers.

Cookies and Goodies Needed For Patient Party – February 12th, 1:30pm – Theme: Valentine’s Day

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 February 12th 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, February 11th.

NIH Ski and Travel Club is Headed to South Africa

The NIH Ski and Travel Club’s trip to South Africa, with optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, will take place September 24 – October 14, 2015.  The optional extension to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe returns October 17, 2015.  The cost for South Africa only is $4,755 per person while South Africa and Victoria Falls is $6,200 per person.  The group will depart from Dulles Airport.  Contact Bob Bingaman with questions or to make a reservation at 301-788-9802.  Limited space remains! Trip Itinerary

4th Annual A WINNter Affair to Benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH

Young (and young at heart!) professionals are cordially invited to the Young Ambassadors Council’s 4th Annual A WINNter Affair, to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH, on Sat., Feb. 21st, from 8pm – Midnight, at The Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004.  You won’t want to miss this fun night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffle and door prizes, and dancing with music by DJ Neekola!  SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NIH EMPLOYEES: Government employees may purchase tickets to A WINNter Affair at a special, discounted rate of $65 – simply enter discount code “federal” and register using a “.gov” email address when you sign up.  We hope to see you on February 21, 2015 for a fun night out to support seriously ill children and their families at The Children’s Inn at NIH!  Purchase tickets at www.childrensinn.org/youngambassadors. For more information, contact Lauren Stabert at lauren.stabert@nih.gov or 301-451-9461.

February Is American Heart Month: Take Action to Protect Your Heart

It is not too late to make protecting your heart part of your new year’s resolutions for 2015.  Take action to protect your heart in 2015 by lowering your risk factors for heart disease:

See your health care provider for a thorough check up to find out your personal risk for heart disease. Risk factors include high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight and obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, stress, age, gender, and family history. Click here for a list of questions to ask your provider about your risk.

Learn more about how to protect your heart by lowering your risk factors on The Heart Truth’s website at www.hearttruth.gov.

Set realistic, specific goals for a heart healthy lifestyle and act on your goals. In most cases, that means following a heart healthy eating plan, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking. Learn about setting specific, doable, and forgiving weight loss goals at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/behavior.htm

Start your heart healthy eating plan by trying some of the healthy recipes available on NHLBI’s Deliciously Healthy Eating website. Baked tilapia with tomatoes and cinnamon-glazed baby carrots are two of the more than 100 healthy, simple, and delicious recipes available to choose from.

You can also join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in participating in heart health activities as part of American Heart Month. To make women more aware of the danger of heart disease and to provide tools to help them take action against heart disease risk factors, the NHLBI has for 12 years sponsored a national program called The Heart Truth®, in partnership with many national and community organizations.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Use The Heart Truth’s online National Wear Red Day Toolkit to help raise awareness about heart disease and its risk factors by planning a celebration at work. Host a “brown-bag” or “red bag” lunch at your workplace, using The Heart Truth® Speaker’s Kit and The Heart Truth’s community video featuring real women affected by heart disease.
  • Wear red on February 6th, National Wear Red Day, to show support for the women in your life by calling attention to the importance of taking care of your heart health.

Participate in The Heart Truth’s Twitter chat on February 6th from 11am – 12pm. Co-Sponsors: American Heart Association and other Federal Partners including but not limited to FDA, Office of Minority Health, ASPA, Office on Women’s Health, CDC, Million Hearts). Purpose: Engage the digital community in a discussion around heart health via social media. Use hashtag: #RedHeartChat

NIH Blood Bank Give Red, Save Green

The NIH Blood Bank and the NIH/NOAA R&W have joined together to raise awareness for the importance of blood and platelet donations.  As an added incentive, those who donate will receive a coupon from the NIH Blood Bank for $2 off an R&W membership.  The NIH Blood Bank, an integral part of Bethesda’s health care community, provides a lifesaving service that benefits our citizen’s every day.  The NIH Blood Bank collects blood and blood products, which help take care of and save the lives of patients in our community.  This lifesaving service would not be possible without the generous time and effort of volunteer blood and platelet donors.  The NIH Blood Bank is conveniently located in Bldg. 10 and provides reserved, free parking spaces for donors Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 5pm.  Call 301-496-1048 to schedule your appointment or visit bloodbank.nih.gov for additional information.  Thank you for caring…your help is appreciated!

NIH Beauty and Barbershop

The NIH Beauty and Barbershop, located on the B1 Level of Bldg. 10 outside of the Cafeteria, reopened in January with two master barbers and one female hairstylist.  Whether it’s a simple trim, haircut, or a new style; the staff at the Beauty & Barber Shop is there to handle it all.  Services are available to all employees, patients and contractors at NIH.  Visit the Beauty and Barbershop page on the R&W website at http://www.fedesp.com/nih/rw-services/beauty-barbershop/ to learn more about our staff, prices, services and hours of operation. Appointments are not necessary but recommended and can be made by calling 301-496-3019.

The NIH Chorus Presents “A Winter Valentine”

From our hearts to yours, the NIH Chorus and the East Avenue Ensemble, led by Robert Johnson and accompanied by Judith Bourzutschky on piano, will present “A Winter Valentine,” a program of favorites and unexpected melodies to celebrate the holiday. This one-time only performance will be held Saturday, February 14th at 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland.    The program will feature romantic selections including Rogers and Hart’s My Funny Valentine, Sondheim’s Send In The Clowns, Billy Joel’s And So It Goes, and LaBarr’s Now Touch the Air Softly.  A Swingle arrangement of Jerome Kern’s classic piece All The Things You Are will be performed by the East Avenue Ensemble.  The program will also feature seasonal melodies including the premiere of Five Winter Vignettes composed by the Chorus Conductor W. Robert Johnson, The Manhattan Transfer’s arrangement of Thornhill’s Snowfall, and more.  The concert is sponsored by the NIH R&W and the American Music Performance Foundation.  There will be a buffet of chocolate creations post-concert.  Free parking, no tickets; donations welcome to benefit the NIH charities.  For more info visit the following website:  http://www.nihco.org.

Ahoy!!  NIH Sailing Association Spring Open House March 4th 

Come to the NIHSA Open House on Thursday, March 4th, from 5pm – 8pm at the FAES House, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (on the corner of Old Georgetown Rd and Cedar Ln).  At the Open House, explore your interest in learning to sail and discover all the opportunities for sailing with the NIHSA.  Information will be available to learn about the club’s six week basic training classes, racing program and all the other social activities the club offers.  $5.00 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks.  Cash bar for beer and wine: $2.00 each.  Look for posters and flyers around campus!  For more info, visit http://www.nihsail.org/.

2015 Mobile Mammography Screenings

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make two visits to NIH for our 2014 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:

TBA

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 wassermankt@mail.nih.gov. 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 www.nci.nih.gov.

R&W Tax Preparation Service

It’s that time of year again but don’t fret, we can help!  The R&W is sponsoring our annual Income Tax Preparation Service through an independent accounting firm, Teti and Carswell.  With more than 30 years of experience, they can provide assistance in all areas of taxation.  Tax preparation for foreign nationals is also available.  Half-hour consultations will be held on campus, in Bldg. 31 Rm. B2B03, on Thursdays, February 5th thru March 26th between 3pm – 6pm*. Schedule your appointment today at s https://www.fedesp.com/nih/rw-services/events/.   Fees will vary according to the required IRS schedules that are needed to be filed.  Call Today!  The earlier you get your taxes done, the quicker your refund check comes back! *Date/time Subject to change with a short notice from the Centers Director.

New Mindfulness Session Begins March 27th

Scientists, clinicians and educators agree on the effectiveness of mindfulness for stress reduction and promotion of health and well-being.  This experiential course focuses on guided instructions and cultivation of mindfulness, gentle stretching and movement, group dialogue and home practice.  This course, taught by Rezvan Ameli, Ph.D of NIMH and author of the award winning book “25 Lessons in Mindfulness: Now Time for Healthy Living” will take place on Fridays, March 27th – May 15th from 5pm – 7:30pm and Saturday, May 2nd from 9am – 3pm at the Shanti Yoga Center for Harmony (4217 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814).  Participants are expected to attend all 9 sessions (optional 2 graduate credits).  For more info, emailregistrar@faes.orgor call 301-496-7976.  Register at

https://my.faes.org/Common/CourseSchedule.aspx.

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 www.twitter.com/alertnih and Facebook at www.facebook.com/alertnih.  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 http://alert.nih.gov.