|Health and Fitness
Expo a Success
Last month, local area shoppers got a dose of good health and fitness
at this year's Share the Health expo in Wheaton. The annual free
NIH health and fitness event attracted thousands of shoppers at Westfield
Shoppingtown, Wheaton (formerly Wheaton Plaza) who stopped to explore
interactive health exhibits, health screenings, hands-on lab experiments,
lab-art workshops and much more.
|Expo attendees test their strength by tackling
a 30-foot rock-climbing wall.
The shopping center announced that there were 35,000 shoppers
on event day, said Walter Mitton of the Office of Community Liaison. "This
number was a 25 percent increase from the Sunday before the NIH
Expo. In other words, the NIH event attracted an additional 6,000
people to the mall. Westfield also invited us back for next year's
Sponsored by OCL and the Recreation and Welfare Association, the
event allowed attendees to learn what NIH really does, to see research
results and to meet scientists and health specialists. Attendees
had their blood pressure checked, were examined for skin, head
or neck cancer and learned about their level of body fat. They
also perused interactive exhibits. Many people met Holly Heart,
a robot who answered their heart-health questions. They also learned
how to find reliable health information on the Internet.
|Clockwise from above:
Children participate in a hands-on Lab Art Workshop.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue-Wheaton District attracts
a crowd of youngsters.
Mall patrons stop for a Dermascan facial skin analysis.
Blood pressure checks as well as alcohol screening, body fat
assessment and head and neck cancer screening were among the
drop-by wellness tables available.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service's spokescharacter, the Power
Panther, makes friends with several Share the Health volunteers.
This is the first year other agencies exhibited at the event.
Sister HHS agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services and the Food and Drug Administration teamed up with
the Uniformed Commission Corps of the U.S. Public Health
Service and the Department of Agriculture to join the 2005
Using a Breathalyzer, cigarette smokers can measure their
carbon monoxide levels.
Children had lots of fun, as they suited up with lab coats and
goggles and performed hands-on lab experiments. They participated
in lab-art workshops and worked out in the giant Moon Bounce. Teens
used the opportunity to explore the latest health-related computer
games, to navigate an obstacle course with Fatal Vision goggles
that throw off eye-muscle coordination to simulate intoxication
and to scale the 30-foot rock-climbing wall.
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