Health and Wellness Expo Touts Fall Fitness
The second annual NIH Health and Wellness Expo took place Sept. 7-8 at Natcher Conference Center.
The first day featured an expert panel discussing “Overweight and Obesity—Public and Scientific
Challenges and Perspectives.”
Speakers focused on the importance of good nutrition, diet and exercise in healthy weight management.
Afterward, the expo offered a variety of free fitness and workout classes for all ability levels, including Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, Urban Line Dancing, Yoga, Isometrics and Zumba.
The second day featured free health screenings in such areas as bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, mental health and vision.
There were also cooking demonstrations and more than 20 information tables from the institutes, centers and their affiliated groups.
“Make health and wellness a priority in your life as we at NIH take our own best advice,” said Dr. Alfred Johnson, director of the Office of Research Services and NIH’s senior wellness official.
|Highlights of the recent Health and Wellness Expo include the Young at Heart Tap Dancers (above and below, l). At right below, golf instructor Kate Stepanek (l) offers golf swing tips to ORS employee Patricia Thomas.
At left above, an expert panel on healthy weight management featured (from l) Dr. Van Hubbard, director, NIDDK Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, Karen Miller Kovach, chief scientific officer at Weight Watchers International, NHLBI nutritionist Janet de Jesus and Clinical Center dietitian Dr. Amber Courville. At right, members of the NIH Tae Kwon Do Club put on an exhibit.
Photos: Ernie Branson