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ORS Launches Worksite Wellness Lectures

By Leslie Curtis

Photos by Bill Branson

"As NIH employees, you are all 'ambassadors for health' when you interact with your families and people in the community," said Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, deputy director of NIDDK, at the recent kick-off of the first worksite wellness lecture concerning the benefits of healthy eating and regular physical activity. The lecture was sponsored by the Office of Research Services, in collaboration with NIDDK.

Speaking in the Bldg. 31 cafeteria, Rodgers praised the more than 100 employees in attendance for taking time out of their busy schedules to hear the premiere lecture. He briefly discussed NIDDK's research efforts in diabetes, obesity and physical activity. "This is a wonderful opportunity for NIDDK and other institutes to offer employees access to information that could improve their health," said Rodgers. "We hope that you'll share the information about the life-long benefits of healthy eating and daily physical activity with people you know."

Dr. Griffin Rodgers, NIDDK deputy director, addresses a crowd gathered in the Bldg. 31 cafeteria.

Following his comments, Karen Regan, a program analyst for NIH's Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, talked about weight loss and nutrition myths. "Fad diets such as low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets work, but only for short-term weight loss," she explained. "Controlling how much food you eat by carefully reading nutrition labels and exercising regularly are the best ways to lose weight and keep it off."

Karen Regan (l), a nutritionist for NIDDK, speaks with an audience member after the wellness seminar.

These pilot lectures are designed to provide NIH employees with information about various health topics, many of them central to NIH's biomedical research portfolio, according to Dwayne Parris, of ORS's Worksite Enrichment Programs Branch. Parris is a food service manager and coordinator of the lecture series.

Dwayne Parris of ORS coordinates the wellness lecture series.

In addition to the talks, ORS and NIDDK raffled away T-shirts, pedometers, fitness memberships to R&W and coffee mugs. Complimentary refreshments were also provided. Other ICs interested in working with ORS on future events should contact Parris at 402-8180 or email

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