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Fall Events at the NCI Campus at Frederick

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Take a Hike Day – September 19

Occupational Health Services and the R&W Club teamed up again to hold Take a Hike Day on September 19. About 45 employees walked or jogged the 1.3-mile course around Fort Detrick during their lunch hours. The event is designed to encourage employees to engage in physical activity, according to Sarah Hooper, RN, manager of OHS. Sports pouch kits that included a water bottle, sunscreen, and an exercise band were given out as prizes to those employees who correctly answered walking trivia questions.  The next Take a Hike Day will be held in the spring.

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Green Team Readies for Spring with Plant Swap

Pink flower

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

Those looking for a cost-effective way to spruce up their yards this spring can stop by the National Cancer Institute at Frederick Green Team’s booth during the Spring Research Festival (SRF) on May 7 and 8. Pick up a free plant, donate overgrown plants from your yard, or swap for a new plant.

Everyone is invited to participate in the swap, whether you have plants to donate or not.

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Green Team Hosts Plant Swap to Encourage Gardening

Howard Young and Dolores Winterstein receiving a plant from a participant

Green Team members Howard Young and Dolores Winterstein received an Oxalis triangularis from one of the participants in the team’s Fall Plant Swap

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

What started out as a way for Howard Young, Ph.D., to thin out his garden last fall turned into the NCI at Frederick Green Team’s Plant Swap. The group held its Fall Plant Swap on October 24, encouraging all members of the Fort Detrick community to pick up a free plant or swap a plant of theirs for another.

“Those who love to garden introduce others to the joy of gardening,” said Dolores Winterstein, a member of the Green Team and the coordinator of the Fall Plant Swap.

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Green Team Recognized with HHS Green Champion Award Honorable Mention

Members of the Green Team

Several members of the NCI at Frederick Green Team holding their HHS Green Champion Award honorable mention certificates. Back row, from left, Dolores Winterstein, Melissa Porter, Denise Shelley, and Cheryl Bowman. Front row, from left, Linda Brandenburg and Eckart Bindewald. Not pictured: Thomas Schneider, Howard Young, and former members Chelsey Jahn and Melissa Lambert.

Courtesy of the NCI at Frederick Green Team

The NCI at Frederick Green Team received a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Green Champion Award honorable mention in June for the team’s plant swap initiative, begun in October 2012. 

“The Green Team has been doing a great job this past year, and it is wonderful that their efforts have been recognized by the HHS through the Green Champion Awards,” said Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., director of the NCI Office of Scientific Operations (OSO). 

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