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NIH Observes Employee Fitness Day

Photos by Bill Branson

More than 600 health-conscious employees attended the first-ever observance at NIH of National Employee Fitness Day, sponsored by the Recreation & Welfare Association, the National Institute on Aging, and the OD EEO office.

"It was a delightful day of food, festivities and learning about fitness and recreational activities," said Randy Schools, president of R&W.

Held on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1, the event included judo demonstrations, country line dancing and salsa instruction, yoga exercises, video analysis of one's golf swing, and special guest appearances by professional bodybuilder Yaz Boyum, and by Margaret Richard, host of the PBS show Body Electric; she is also the star of NIA's videotape Exercise with the National Institute on Aging 50 Plus.

Visitors also learned about safe bike routes to NIH from members of the Bicycle Commuter Club, found out how to select the proper tennis racket, got tips on film and cameras for holiday photo-taking, and were advised about about skiing and sailing opportunities from club members here.

As music provided by deejays from Hot 99.5 FM played in the background, guests could sample vegetarian chili provided by Hard Times Café and items from Eurest Catering.

Schools says he is already building fresh concepts for next year's observance of Employee Fitness Day. "I've already had a request to offer a flyfishing demonstration," he said.

Margaret Richard, host of the popular PBS aerobic show Body Electric, looks like she may be saying, "You...are the weakest link!" to a prone employee, who in reality is learning how to exercise appropriately.

NIDDK's Dr. Kenneth Kirk (l) gets instruction on his golf swing from pro Mark Diley, who teaches the R&W-sponsored golf class in the 14th floor assembly hall in Bldg. 10.

Kevin Fox (l) instructs fellow NIH'ers in salsa dance steps at Employee Fitness Day. They include (from l) Karen Leighty, O.H. Laster and Dennis Askwith (in cowboy hat — he is a country line dance instructor, too).

Helen Branson (l) of NHLBI shares a laugh with Yaz Boyum, a professional trainer, fitness instructor and 24th-ranked bodybuilder in the International Federation of Body Builders' female rankings.

Dr. Thomas E. Malone, 75, who was NIH deputy director from March 1977 to August 1986, demonstrates judo.

Olivia Fitzpatrick, an intern in the Clinical Center's nutrition department, offers diet advice.

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