Thursday, February 9th – Valentine’s Day Gift Show

The R&W will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Gift Show Thursday, February 9th from 10am – 2pm in the Bldg. 10 South Lobby. The gift show will have local vendors selling crafts and jewelry, and chocolates. Currently scheduled to appear are Red Mosaic Jewelry, Yellow Bag Designs, The Boxie Ladies, Cupcakes Lounge, The Chocolatiers Palette, Wonderland Knits, Pursenalities, La Moda Fashions, Friendly Body Product, Parti Pics Photo Booth, Seated Massage and R&W will be selling NIH branded merchandise and artwork. This will be a great opportunity to shop for a loved one just before Valentine’s Day, or just because, or to pick up something nice for yourself.

Step Out in Red and Tend to Your Heart!

February is American Heart Month, a time the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute puts extra spotlight on ways to protect and strengthen your ticker. This year’s theme is “Small Changes for the Heart” because it takes small changes to get big results. Take the stairs, see your doctor, get more sleep, reduce salt intake, the list of little things you can do to help make your heart happy is long. Find more info at Also learn about the nationally-recognized health education program, The Heart Truth® at On February 3rd grab your brightest red garment and help us celebrate National Wear Red Day, a fun day in solidarity to the healthy heart cause.

American Heart Month Events

  • Fri., Feb. 3rd – National Wear Red Day®
  • February 3rd – 10th – Free Heart Month Fitness Classes
  • Mon., Feb. 6th – 12pm – 1pm – Natcher Conf. Rm. E1/E2 Sleep and Cardiovascular Heart Health Seminar
  • Thurs., Feb. 16th – 11:15am – 11:45am – Bldg. 10, 2nd Floor ACRF Café – Heart Healthy Café Tours
  • Tues., Feb. 21st – Plate2Plate – 11:30am – 1pm, 2nd floor ACRF Café – Learn about heart-healthy recipes with NIH dietetic interns at Balance Kitchen.
  • Thurs., Feb. 23rd – 11:15am – 11:45am – Bldg. 31 Café – Heart Healthy Café Tours
  • Fri., Feb. 24th – 1pm – 2pm – Heart Disease Twitter Chat – Use #HeartChat

Earn points towards the NIH “New Year! New You!” Fitness and Wellbeing Challenge by participating in some of these events.

Saturday, February 11th – NOAA Open House

On Saturday, February 11th, from 9am – 4pm, explore your world and learn how NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources. Come to NOAA’s Silver Spring campus (1315 East-West Highway) for a series of free activities, including engaging talks by NOAA experts, interactive exhibits, special tours, and hands-on activities for ages 5 and up. Meet and talk with scientists, weather forecasters, hurricane hunters, and others who work to understand our environment, protect life and property, and conserve and protect natural resources. The Open House is free and open to the public however a government-issues photo ID is required for adults to enter. Visit or call 240-533-0710 for more info.

Wednesday, March 8th – NIH Sailing Association Open House

Join us at our Open House on Wednesday, March 8th, from 5pm to 8pm at the FAES House, 9101 Old Georgetown Road (on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Cedar Lane). Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover all the opportunities for sailing with the NIHSA.  We will have information about our six week basic training classes, our 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 our posters and flyers around campus! For more info about the club, visit our web site

R&W Looking for New Notary Publics Willing to Assist NIH Employees

Are you a notary public? The R&W is looking for employees to add to our list of notaries to better serve the NIH Community. If you’d like to offer your services, free of charge, contact David Browne at with your contact information and a copy of your notary certificate. To become a notary public visit

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 R&W members 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.

Al-Anon Provides Help for Those Involved with Substance Abuse

Al-Anon, an organization for family members of people with alcohol abuse, now welcomes family members of individuals with narcotic abuse problems to attend weekly group meetings.  Al-Anon holds two weekly group meetings; Mondays and Thursdays at noon in Building 31, Room 1B50

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Start saving today with a very special discount on car insurance from GEICO!  Go to or call 1-800-368-2734, to complete a simple, no-obligation rate quote.  Mention your R&W membership to see how much you could save.   Every time a member of R & W completes a unique quote for auto insurance, GEICO supports R&W’s programs and initiatives.