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Employees enjoy rites of spring during Health and Fitness Week

By Eddy Ball and Matt Goad
June 2011

NIEHS held its annual Health and Fitness Week May 9-13 with a slate of activities encouraging employees to practice a healthy lifestyle through exercise, balanced nutrition, and weight management. Events included a lecture on laughter and medicine (see story (https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/june/inside-laughter/index.cfm)), health and fitness demonstrations, Bike to Work Day, and many fun activities, such as Wii games, a golf outing, a 2-mile walk, and line dancing, that promote active participation geared to an individual's own pace.

Many of the highlights of Health and Fitness Week involve good-natured and often longstanding rivalry among very talented amateur athletes in competitive events, such as the Rogathon 5K marathon, basketball contests, and the fast-paced table tennis tournament that made the F-module entry hall sound like a firing range, as opponents sent balls rapidly back and forth across the net.

(Matt Goad is a contract writer with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)

Liam O'Fallon, Number 57

Number 57, Liam O'Fallon, led the pack to start the Rogathon 5K. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Jeff Stumpf pushing his 13-month-old son, Cameron

Jeff Stumpf took his 13-month-old son, Cameron, along during the Rogathon 5K. Stumpf finished ninth overall. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Liam O'Fallon, right, and Bonnie Joubert winners of the Rogathon 5K

O'Fallon, left, and Bonnie Joubert were the men's and women's winners of the Rogathon 5K, which was named in honor of retired race director Walter Rogan. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Elena Braithwaite shooting a basketball

Elena Braithwaite won the women's basketball triple-threat challenge, edging out defending champion Stephanie Bullock-Allen and Claudine Cates by one point. Bullock-Allen captured second place in the playoff. D. A. Leathers won in the men's division, finishing ahead of six-time champion A. G. Carrington. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

spectators cheer, hoot, and holler

The three-on-three tournament drew about 40 spectators to the basketball court across from F Module, to cheer, jeer, hoot, and holler their champions on. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Gordon Caviness shoots a ball over Ron Altiery

Gordon Caviness put up a shot over Ron Altiery in the three-on-three round robin tournament. Caviness and team members Eric Potts and Carrington overcame the best efforts of Altiery, Antonio Gatling, and Sha-Mel Riggins in the final game to win first place, avenging a loss from last year. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ron Altiery and Eric Potts

Altiery fights to get a shot off over Potts. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

left to right, Caviness, Carrington, and Potts 3-on-3 round robin tournament winners

And the bragging rights - at least until next spring, that is - go to the winners, shown left to right, Caviness, Carrington, and Potts. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

walkers in front of the Rall building
The walkers started out on the 2-mile walking course in front of the Rall building. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Jerry Phelps, right, in cyclist gear
Participants, some, like Jerry Phelps, right, in full cyclist attire, ride in loose formation May 12 on Bike to Work Day, another cherished tradition during Health and Fitness Week at NIEHS. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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