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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.

Cookies and Goodies Needed “Halloween” – October 30th, 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 Oct. 30th 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 3:30pm on Wed, Oct. 29th.

Halloween Candy Needed for Patient Trick-or-Treat Program

Each year the Recreation Therapy staff takes pediatric patients and children of the adult patients to the participating units in the Clinical Center for Trick-or-Treating.  This activity keeps the Halloween spirit alive and puts smiles on the children’s faces while they are here in the hospital.  NIH employees are encouraged to bring individually wrapped candy to the 1st Floor Playroom in Bldg. 10 by Monday, October 27th.  We will deliver the candy in time for the “spooktacular” event!

5th Annual Infant Mortality 5K Run/Walk/Roll – October 16th

NICHD invites all U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services staff to the Infant Mortality 5K at 11am. on Thursday, October 16th in front of Bldg. 1 to raise awareness about infant mortality.  Infant mortality is one of the most important indicators of the health of a nation.  Medical research, public health outreach, and social services have helped the overall U.S. infant mortality rate to decline during the 20th century.  In spite of this, infant mortality rates for African American, Puerto Rican, and American Indian/Alaskan Native infants remain above the U.S. average of 6.05 per 1,000 live births.  NIH is committed to conducting and supporting research that reduces and ultimately eliminates the high infant mortality rate, and the disparate rates that impact communities of color.  This event is co-sponsored by: Office of Health Equity, Office of Science Policy, Analysis, and Communication, and Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, NICHD; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; NIH Office of Research Services; NIH Federal Credit Union;  NIH Recreation & Welfare Association (R&W); HHS Office of Minority Health; Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine; March of Dimes; National Healthy Start Association; American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; National Collaborative for Health Equity; and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. For more information about the race, how to register, the day’s agenda, and a course map visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/meetings/2014/Pages/101614.aspx. Contact Dr. Regina James at 301-435-2692 or email: rjames@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.

24th Annual Come Back to Bethesda Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show and Family Day

Come see the area’s finest display of custom, classic, antique and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles.  While checking out all the cool vehicles be sure to visit the vendors, listen to live music, watch exciting performances, enter the 50/50 raffle and enjoy games, activities and other family entertainment!  Join us on Saturday, October 11th from 11am – 4pm at Chevy Chase Acura/Nissan, 7725 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD.  This year’s event will again feature the Kilometers for Kids Motorcycle Ride benefiting The Children’s Inn at NIH, a private, non-profit, family-centered residence for pediatric outpatients at NIH.  The Children’s Inn at the NIH is a place like home for sick children and their families.  Children come from around the world to stay together with their families in a healing environment while receiving groundbreaking treatments at the NIH.  To learn more about the event visit www.backtobethesda.org.   To learn more about Kilometers for Kids, visit www.k4kmotorcycleride.com/.

17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival Shopping, Music, Food and More!

You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 18th from 11am – 6pm and Sunday, October 19th from 10am – 5pm for a wonderful fall weekend where the Bethesda Row is turned into a lively fine art gallery featuring the museum quality work of 190 juried artists from around the country.  This year many of the world’s finest arts and crafts will be presented. For sale will be the finest in: ceramics, drawings, fabrics, glass, graphics, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and mixed media. Widely recognized as the best fine arts festival in the area, the Bethesda Row Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the top 25 fine art shows in the United States, and the event will benefit the NIH Charities.  Festival activities will include an Art Sale benefitting the Charities, a Poster Sale, artist demonstration tent, children’s art activities, live acoustic stage performances, street performers, and high-quality outdoor food vendors.  This outdoor event is held rain or shine on Bethesda Row, located on Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues and Elm Street, east of Arlington Road. Ample parking is available in the area’s County and private garages.  Metro will be undergoing construction the weekend of the event and shuttle service will be provided by Metro from the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations.  For more info, visit www.bethesdarowarts.org.  We hope to see you there!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Bullying Awareness Month Respect is the Word – Join the Conversation

Join us on October 15th to learn more about NIH research on the biological aspects of violence, the latest NIH-funded discoveries on domestic violence,  how domestic violence and bullying impact the workplace, and  resources available to assist those that need it.  Free, confidential drop-in consultation and counseling services offered by the NIH Employee Assistance Program are available throughout the day.  A full itinerary can be found on the NIH Calendar of Events.  We encourage you to attend any session that interests you, or you may view the event live at http://videocast.nih.gov.  This event will be held in Bldg. 31, C-wing 6th floor, Room 10 from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Contact Patrick McGrady at 301-402-9422 or patrick.mcgrady@nih.gov for reasonable accommodations.

NIH Philharmonia Orchestra Concert

The NIH Philharmonia Orchestra will present its first concert of the season on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30pm at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (917 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD).  The concert “As Fate Would Have It” includes Verdi – La Forza del Destino, Liszt – Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Debussy – Petite Suite and Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4Tickets are FREE.  For more info visit www.NIHPhil.org.

Children’s Inn Hosts Open House for NIH Employees October 28th

The Children’s Inn at NIH invites NIH employees to an Open House on October 28th from 11am – 1pm.  Local food trucks Curley’s Q BBQ (http://www.curleysq.com/) and Holy Crepes (http://holycrepestruck.com/) will be on site serving mouthwatering BBQ, delicious paninis, and much more!  The event will also feature free gifts, games, and giveaways – and the opportunity to take a tour of The Inn’s facility.  Don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to a fun lunch break and learn more about The Children’s Inn at NIH.  Contact Lauren Stabert at lauren.stabert@nih.gov if you have any questions. The Inn is Building 62 on the NIH campus.

2014 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:

Wednesday, December 18th – 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 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.

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.