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ONLINE OITE Activities for the Week of April 6, 2020

Happy New Week Trainees!

We have a plan for you for this week. We have EVENTS every day, a new WELLNESS CHALLENGE around movement, and the WRITING GROUP continues. All the info is below.

Have you missed an OITE event? Many of the ones that have been hosted on the GoToWebinar platform are recorded (if you need a written transcript just let me know). Check for links here:

(Note, our zoom stuff is not recorded since many of them are more discussions and not workshops).

Our Career Counselors are still meeting with people and have open appointments. Make your appointments here:

OITE Wellness Challenge Week #2

Thanks to all of you who participated in this week’s OITE Weekly Wellness Challenge! We loved seeing all of your paintings, drawings, coloring, cooking, crafting, gardening, knitting, and juggling! Wow! We have a lot of creative and talented trainees! Hopefully you found these expressions of creativity relaxing and therapeutic. We were happy to see the way that some of you used the challenge to build community as well! These are uncertain, stressful, and isolating times, and we at OITE want to help you take care of your whole self (mind, body, heart, and spirit). We invite you to participate in the OITE Weekly Wellness Challenge- Week 2! Each week, the OITE will challenge YOU to do something for your overall wellness and share it with others. Challenges will be announced every Friday for the following week. April 3rd – April 8th Challenge: Get up and Move!!! Post a picture, short video or your thoughts on something you did to be physically active. In addition to benefitting your physical health, exercise has been shown boost serotonin and endorphins while lowering stress hormones. You can go for a walk, dance, do strength training, or create and run an obstacle course! However you choose to move this week, we want to see it! For this challenge, consider posting daily to let us know you were active all week!
To participate, submit a picture, short video, or general thoughts on the activity, either

  1. by Twitter – be sure to tag OITE (@NIH_OITE) and use the hashtag #OITEWellnessChallenge – or
  2. by email to: Submit your responses by Wednesday, April 8th by 5 pm!


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Writing Support Group for Scientists

Mondays 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Do you plan to use your telework time to write a paper, start a literature review, or work on your dissertation? Do you need some help getting started? Being at home can make it difficult to establish the structure and routine needed for productive daily writing. Join us via Zoom each Monday at 10:30 AM for tips to help you put words into that excruciatingly empty Word document or finally find the perfect an appropriate sentence to conclude that pesky paragraph. We’ll start with exercises to get your pen moving or your fingers flying, then use that flow to dive into a dedicated writing session. But that’s not the end. You got started for Monday – what about Tuesday? Hold yourself accountable to write each day with our 10:30 AM daily check-in.

Happy Weekend!