The National Institutes of Health Partners with
Local Radio Station To "Share the Health" in Silver Spring
NIH's Fifth Annual Premier Health and Fitness Expo Features Free
Fitness Activities, Sports Clinics, the 2004 NIH Healthy Games, Interactive Health Seminars,
Wellness Workshops, Health Screenings, Mini-Lab Sessions, Exhibits,
Games, Prizes and More
Bethesda, Maryland Karaoke, music, giveaways and
prizes are not what usually comes to mind when thinking about good
health. But on Saturday, April 24, 2004, the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) is trying something new. By teaming up with local
radio station, HOT 99.5, it is reaching out to the Silver Spring
community to promote a day of free health-centered fun for the entire
family. Share the Health: NIH's Premier Health and Fitness Expo
offers interactive health seminars and exhibits, health screenings,
hands-on lab experiments, science games, sports clinics, fitness
demonstrations and games, children's activities, parenting workshops
and more. Held at Montgomery Blair High School, from 10 a.m. to
3:30 p.m., Share the Health provides health information and
activities for children, teens, adults and seniors.
Sponsored by the NIH Office of Community Liaison (OCL) and the
NIH Recreation and Welfare Foundation, the newly designed event
promotes community health through the prevention of disease. Scientists
at the NIH, the nation's premier biomedical research institute,
will show us easy and fun ways to improve our fitness and maintain
good health. "Share the Health allows people of all
ages to learn, experience and discover new ways to lead a healthier
life," says OCL Director Thomas Gallagher, Ph.D. "This
event is your chance to find out what NIH is, what it does and how
it can help improve your life."
With obesity close to becoming the leading preventable cause of
death in America, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and NIH Director
Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., are encouraging all Americans to take small
achievable steps to improve their health and physical activity.
"The more small steps we can take, the further down the road
we will be toward better health for ourselves and our families,"
said Secretary Thompson. Keynote speaker Yvonne Maddox, deputy director
of the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development,
will address this epidemic in her opening remarks.
Attendees can discuss their health concerns with NIH physicians
and scientists during workshops on obesity and nutrition, the benefits
of strength training, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain,
dental hygiene, diabetes, bone health, eye anatomy, music therapy,
preventing sports injuries and infectious disease prevention. Robot
Holly Heart offers health tips on keeping your heart healthy.
Other workshops and presentations include the art of relaxation,
acupuncture, Tai Chi exercise and Reiki therapy.
Local hospital staff will offer free health screenings to help community
members discover if they are at risk for stroke, high blood pressure,
skin problems, osteoporosis or obesity. And NIH information officers
will provide the latest in NIH health research through a variety
of fun and interactive exhibits.
Community members can surf reliable health-based Web sites and
explore consumer-friendly sites such as NIHSeniorHealth.gov
and MedlinePlus. Experts will
be on hand to show participants how to access health information
on the Internet.
Children can don lab coats and goggles to experience what it is
like to be an NIH scientist for the day, performing hands-on lab
experiments. They can also jump on a Moon Bounce, see a puppet show,
play the parachute game, tour fire and rescue vehicles, meet the
National Capital Therapy Dogs and win prizes.
Teens can compete in the NIH Healthy Games NIH's own version
of the summer Olympics for awesome prizes. Football, basketball
and soccer experts will be on hand to show teens the best ways to
improve at their favorite game. Other features include scaling a
rock-climbing wall, exploring the "Drunken Brain" and
navigating an obstacle course with our Fatal Vision Goggles. Teens
can also check out the latest healthy computer games and surf healthy
Web sites designed just for them. Young scientists will also answer
teens' career-related questions and help them map their future goals.
Free shuttle bus service from the Silver Spring Metro station is
available. For more information or to register for this free event,
call the Share the Health Coordinator at 301-650-8660 or
The NIH Office of Community Liaison is dedicated to serving the
interests and well being of the community surrounding NIH. Its role
at the NIH is to partner with the community to address issues of
common interest. The OCL works with community members to provide
information about NIH and to share NIH's resources with its neighbors.
For more information, visit http://ocl.od.nih.gov.