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Vol. LXI, No. 19
September 18, 2009

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Car Free Day, Sept. 22

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, NIH will join with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and other employers in the Washington area in celebrating Car Free Day. If you currently travel to work by bicycle, carpool, mass transit, vanpool or by foot, go to and make the pledge that you will be car free on Sept. 22. NIH employees not currently participating in alternative transportation may go to the NIH Transportation web site to see a range of commuter options. As an incentive for those who drive alone or do not receive a transit subsidy and would like to try NIH Transhare for this day, you may sign up to receive up to $10 in Metrocheks at the NIH Parking Office (31/B3B04) between now and Sept. 21. Contractors are not eligible for the NIH Transhare Program. All participants must sign an agreement to use these non-transferable funds for mass transit on Sept. 22 and be “car free.” For more information, contact Joe Cox at the Employee Transportation Service Office, (301) 402-RIDE (7433).

Fall 2009 Parenting Resources Offered

The popular “Ask the Parenting Specialist” is being offered both on- and off-campus this fall. Take the opportunity to sit down for 10 minutes and talk with a parenting expert about any child-related issue on your mind. No appointment necessary—just stop by during your lunch hour. All sessions are free.

On Campus—Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Bldg. 10, B1 cafeteria, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Off Campus—Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Rockledge I cafeteria, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Lunch and Learn” parenting seminars will also be offered this fall. Bring your lunch and attend one of these free informative discussions.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227, Understanding the Spirit of Your 2-Year-Old, presented by Hazel Osborn of LifeWork Strategies.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon to 1 p.m., Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227, Starting the School Year Off on the Right Foot, presented by Chris Essex of LifeWork Strategies.

For those unable to attend in person, the parenting seminars will be available at

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in these sessions should contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180.

First Anniversary of ‘Tobacco Free’ NIH

With Oct. 1 fast approaching, NIH is gearing up to celebrate the 1-year “health-iversary” of going tobacco free. Tobacco Free NIH and the trans-NIH tobacco and nicotine research interest group (TANRIG, welcome stories from people across campus who have used the tobacco free NIH campaign as an incentive or motivation to quit. Tell us your successes and struggles. If your story is highlighted, you could provide the inspiration and motivation for others’ success. Send stories to Allison Hoffman (

If you are still using tobacco, think about using Oct. 1 as a quit date. Tobacco Free NIH can help. If you are a federal employee, you have access to free tobacco cessation treatment services, referrals to smoking cessation support groups and up to $200 for prescription or over-the-counter cessation medications. Also, anyone can get online support through and its sister site, Smoking cessation counselors are also available through the National Cancer Institute by calling 1-877-44U-QUIT or through your state by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (TTY 1-800-332-8615). Smoking cessation counselors can also provide information and advice about quitting using real-time text messaging through NCI’s LiveHelp service.

For more information on these and other resources for quitting, see For more information about TANRIG, contact Hoffman at the email address above.

Brochure on Palliative Care Offers Answers, Highlights Benefits

NINR recently released a new brochure, Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You’re Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness. This 14-page publication seeks to increase awareness of palliative care’s many benefits—including reducing pain and other distressing symptoms of illnesses and medical treatments—and dispels the myths surrounding palliative care. Additionally, the brochure addresses how palliative care is different from hospice care, how it works in tandem with medical care, how and when to request palliative care and where to get more information. To read the booklet, visit For a free print copy of this publication or to order additional quantities, stop by the NINR office on the B wing, 5th floor of Bldg. 31, email or call (301) 496-0207.

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