June 16th – Cookies and Goodies Needed for Luau Patient Party

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 store in Bldg. 31, Rm. 1W08 on June 16th by noon.  Fran at our Rockledge R&W store (Rockledge I, Rm. 4202) will also accept goodies delivered until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 15th.

June 16th – Celebrate Homer’s Birthday During R&W Night with the Bethesda Big Train

Join the R&W as the Bethesda Big Train hosts the Baltimore Dodgers on Thurs., June 16th at 7:30pm at Povich Field.  Enjoy an inexpensive and exciting night out with the family, celebrating the Big Train’s mascot, Homer’s, birthday with his mascot pals, while watching local talent play the game they love…Baseball!  Adult tickets are $4.50 and Child tickets are $2.50 and can be purchased at the Bldg. 31 or Rockledge R&W stores.

June 23rd – 9th Annual “A Taste of the Caribbean” 

The 9th Annual “A Taste of the Caribbean” sponsored by The Caribbean Association at NIH (CANIH) and The Recreation and Welfare (R&W) will be held on Thursday, June 23rd.  Join us on Bldg. 31A Patio from 11:30am – 2pm in observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month.  Popular Caribbean dishes including, but not limited to, curry and jerk chicken, ox-tail, rice and peas, etc. will be available from local food vendors.  Arts and craft vendors will also be on hand selling goods.  Lunch tickets will be $10.  Come enjoy a fun day filled with Caribbean music, food, and entertainment.  For more info regarding these events and/or joining CANIH email  For reasonable accommodations, contact Colin Fraser at

June 28th – R&W Annual Meeting

The R&W Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 28th from 12pm – 1pm in Bldg. 50 Rm. 1328/1334.  Come and learn more about the operations of the R&W and the Employee Services we provide to the NIH/NOAA communities.  We are interested in your suggestions for the 2016-2017 year as well!  Join us as we close out the year and plan ahead for another year filled with activities, programs and fun!

Reiki Class Discounts through Club Frederick

Through the R&W Club Frederick Discount Vendor Agreement with Seven Embers Healing, members receive a $20 discount on all Reiki classes!   


2016 Mobile Mammography Screening

The George Washington Breast Cancer Center will make two visits to NIH for our 2016 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:

Wed 8/10/16 NIH-Building 10

Wed 11/09/16 NIH-Building 10

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. Reservations for the May screening can be made April 1st through 12pm on May 5thThere is a minimum requirement of 15 participants for the screenings to take place and a maximum of 25 per 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

Departmental Tennis League Celebrating its 99th Season

The HHS Tennis Team participates in the Departmental Tennis League (DTL) with other federal agencies.  Last year, HHS won its division and we’re looking for new players to field a second team!  Competitive doubles matches at the USTA rating 3.5 to 5.0+ levels are played during the week from 6pm – 8pm,  May – July, at the Rock Creek Tennis Center (16th and Kennedy Streets, NW).  Interested players should complete a brief survey at  Current and former employees, government contractors, spouses, and children of HHS employees 18+ years of age are eligible to participate.

Think You Can’t Buy LIFE Insurance? Try This Nationwide Insurance Product

Do you have diabetes, cancer, heart issues or are you overweight?  No problem!  This policy is open to anyone up to 80 years of age, no medical exam required, and rates never increase.  Policies range from $10,000 – $50,000, with limited benefits during the first 2 years.  If interested, call Donna Pinkham at 301-623-3115 or email and get started with a simple application of just two health questions.

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 $150 (savings of over $200), paid by check or cashier’s check.  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 copy of your R&W membership registration. We suggest purchasing your R&W membership online and taking a copy of the confirmation to the MAC.  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.

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