Health and Safety

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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Working Out Works for Shawn Kelly

Shawn Kelly exercises on an elliptical machine at the ATRF

Shawn Kelly lost 20 pounds after 11 months of working out at the ATRF Wellness Center. He is shown here on one of the elliptical trainers at the Center.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

When Shawn Kelly found out last year that he had high blood pressure, he was determined to do something about it. Luckily for Kelly, an instrumentation technician III, Facilities Maintenance and Engineering, he works at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), where he can take advantage of the gym there, known as the Wellness Center.

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