Health and Safety

February Is American Heart Month

A group of red items for American Heart Month

By Camille Rees, Guest Writer

February is American Heart Month, and Feb. 7 was designated “National Wear Red Day” by the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association has sponsored the “Go Red for Women” campaign for 10 years. The message: heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Did you know that more women die of heart disease than men?  In fact, it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Over the years, the red dress has become the symbol of the fight against heart disease in women.

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Employees Encouraged to Exercise at Work on Take a Hike Day

People walking at the Take A Hike event

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Occupational Health Services and the Recreation and Welfare (R&W) Club Frederick teamed up for the first Take a Hike Day at NCI at Frederick on November 21.

Employees were encouraged to hike, walk, jog, or run the 1.3-mile course around Fort Detrick.

“For those employees who walk all the time, the event gave them a partner to walk with, and for those that do not walk all the time, it gave inspiration that 1.3 miles was not a formidable distance,” said Sarah Hooper, manager of Occupational Health Services.

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Students Combine Studies with Stethoscopes

OHS interns, Janine Bahsali and Esther Shafer

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Janine Bahsali and Esther Shafer are Middletown High School seniors who go to school in the morning and spend their afternoons taking blood pressure, assisting with physical exams, learning how to draw a blood sample and stitch a wound closed, and generally assisting the staff of Occupational Health Services (OHS), a health care department serving more than 2,000 employees at NCI at Frederick.

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Reminder: Medical Surveillance Forms Must Be Up-to-Date

Doctor and patient review a report together.

Nurse Practitioner Deborah Schuchardt (right) reviews a recent lab report with Shyam Sharan, a participant in the Medical Surveillance Program.

By Theresa Bell, Guest Writer​

If you work in a laboratory, or you have contact with animals or animal materials, you work with human biomaterials or infectious agents, or you are exposed to radiation or other hazards in your day-to-day duties, you should be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.

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