Health Notes

Health Notes

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Blood Drive. Springfield Christian Church is conducting a free Inova Blood Drive 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5407 Backlick Road in Springfield. Appointments recommended; walk-in donors will be accepted as space permits. For more information or to make an appointment, call the church office at 703-354-4994 between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Parent Workshops. “Guiding Good Choices” is a drug and alcohol prevention program geared towards parents of children ages 9-14. It is a three-session program that will help parents strengthen family bonds, set a clear position on drugs, and teach children skills to make healthy choices. The following sessions are offered to everyone living within the school boundaries of the Hayfield, South County, Lee and Edison pyramids. Free, but contributions are welcome.

* Thursday May 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Newington Forest Elementary School, 8001 Newington Forest Ave., Springfield. Call Nan Johnson, 703-923-2600 or e-mail

* Thursday evenings on May 11 and May 18 from 7–9 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School, 7101 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Call Janet Dougherty 703-923-2944 or e-mail

The Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, a partnership of government agencies, private business, and non-profit entities in Fairfax County, offers free seminars for caregivers of older adults throughout the county.

* "Medicare Part D Made Easy," on Friday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in rooms 9 and 10 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Learn the facts about Medicare Part D, the new Medicare prescription drug coverage plan, and the process of finding the best plan to fit any individual needs. Speaker is Howard Houghton of the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. 703-324-4636.

* "Legal and Financial Planning for Long Term Care," on Tuesday, May 16, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Learn essential legal and financial tools to aid in planning for long term care, such as durable powers of attorney, medical directives, guardianship, and how to stretch financial assets over the long term. For directions, call 703-503-8710

Patriots’ Cup Corporate Challenge is an 8-kilometer race on Sunday, May 7 starting at 9 a.m. on the George Mason University campus benefiting The Arc of Northern Virginia, a non-profit that helps citizens with mental disabilities. To register, find volunteer opportunities, or for more information, contact Lynn Ruiz at 703-532-3214 x213 or

Adolescent and Family Growth Center Inc. has an open house Thursday, May 11, from 12-7 p.m., to celebrate Foster Care Month. Anyone interested in quality care for foster children is invited to attend. Presentations to foster parents begin at 6 p.m. Come find out more about AFGC's treatment foster care program and why "Kids Grow Better in a Family." For more information, call 703-425-9200 or visit

The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research, presents a "Breast Cancer Prevention and Survival Cooking Class" Thursday, May 18 from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Whole Foods Market, 8402 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. Free. To register, contact Customer Service at 703-644-2500.

The Epilepsy Foundation sponsors support groups and classes for parents of children of all ages with seizure disorders, adults diagnosed with seizure disorders, and caregivers. All groups are free of charge. For additional information, call Dana at 703-425-6660. Ongoing support groups include the following:

* Parents of children (Infants to 12-years-old) with seizure disorders meet on the second Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m., at West Springfield High School, Entrance 4,

Room 021, 6100 Rolling Road in Springfield. The next meeting is May 9, with meetings following June 13, July 11, Aug. 15 and Sept. 12.

* Parents of teens and adults with seizure disorders meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m., at West Springfield High School, Entrance 4, Room 021, 6100 Rolling Road in Springfield. The next meeting is May 11, with a guest speaker, with meetings following June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.

Baby care class for expectant parents will be offered Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Springfield. Topics include the basic essentials of caring for a newborn. To register, call DC Lamaze at 301-917-0991 or e-mail

New Mom's Group. Meets at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. New mom and baby topics and concerns, including breast-feeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates the group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Ongoing, Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-noon. For the convenience of new moms, no preregistration needed. $5/session. Call 703-204-6455.

Fairfax County has partnered with Senior Navigator to provide up-to-date health and aging information and resources for seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers in Virginia. Features include online access to nearly 19,000 public and private services in Virginia, hundreds of informative articles on health and aging, and an "Ask the Expert" feature that allows specialists to provide confidential answers to your questions. Visit

Achieve Fitness is offering free trial classes for its women-only outdoor fitness boot camps in Fairfax Station. To register, visit or call 1-888-872-7961. E-mail

Body and Soul aerobics and strength training classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Burke Community Church, 9990 Old Keene Mill Road. Body and Soul is a complete cardiovascular and strength workout to contemporary Christian music. Call Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors the “First Connection” program, which matches patients newly diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma or another blood-related cancer — and their families — with cancer survivors who have lived through a similar illness. For more information on this program, call 703-960-1100, ext. 231.

Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous is a program for individuals recovering from addictive eating and anorexia based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins at our meetings. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m., at Westwood Baptist Church, 8200 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. Call 1-877-805-2823 for more information and other times and locations.

Sunrise Assisted Living of Fairfax offers a short-term stay program for aging persons. Fees vary depending on the community and personal care needs. Three meals per day are included. Program is designed for a week's stay to several months. Call 703-691-0046. Sunrise of Fairfax is located at 9207 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax.

Individual Nutrition Counseling. Schedule an individual appointment with registered dietitian Julie Thorsen from Inova Fairfax Cancer Center's Cancer Patient Nutrition Support Program and learn how to optimize your nutritional status related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Call 703-289-8787 to schedule an appointment.

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Northern Virginia offers pet therapy and a multilingual staff to patients and families living in the City of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. Volunteers should contact the program office at 703-788-6680 for opportunities to participate in patient care. Families may call 800-93-VITAS for more information about hospice or to schedule a free consultation.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia sponsors the following bereavement support groups. HAVEN of Northern Virginia is located at 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

* Widow/Widower Bereavement Support Groups, for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. Meetings take place on the first and third Thursday of the month or on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

* Suicide Survivors Bereavement Support Group, for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 p.m.

* One on One Support. A volunteer will meet with a person grieving the death of a loved one, as needed, to provide individual support. Volunteers will be carefully selected to match individual needs.

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) named Paula R. Graling association president at its 53rd Annual Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition to her presidency for AORN, Graling is a clinical nurse specialist at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the Washington, D.C. region where she is responsible for more than 30 operating rooms. Graling has recent experience in disaster preparedness. She was instrumental in reacting to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and in preparing her hospital for Hurricane Isabel in September 2003. Graling has experience in academic teaching, professional seminars, community presentations and journal publication. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from George Mason University.

Mothers First–Burke is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. Meet at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road. Call 703-827-5922 or visit

Lamaze classes will be on Wednesday nights at Kaiser in Springfield. Weekend classes are also available. Call 301-352-9727 to register.

CRISISLINK, the greater Washington region's only 24/7 crisis, suicide and trauma prevention, intervention and response hotline, is seeking volunteers to take calls and respond directly to individuals in need on a suicide and crisis hotline. Training starts Saturday, April 22. Please visit and complete the online application or call Lisa at 703-527-6016.

Mothers First, Fairfax is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out and lectures. Meetings are at the Green Acres Elementary School, Room 116, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Call 703-827-5922 or visit

On Sunday, May 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m., The Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, LLC will host the Annual Ostomy Products and Services Fair at Physicians' Conference Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Representatives include Hollister, ConvaTec, Byram, Alzheimer's Association, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Life With Cancer many more. Free. Refreshments, raffles and door prizes. Park in Blue garage. To join OSGNV, call 703-802-3457.

The Recreation and Parks program at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is sponsoring a hands-on wilderness first aid course on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30; graduates will be certified by Wilderness Medical Associates. Students will learn how to deal with medical emergencies that occur miles away from help — topics include patient assessment, environmental injuries, anaphylaxis and lifting/moving. Call Nancy Chamberlain at 703-323-3230 or

La Leche League of Burke, Northern Virginia's only weekend La Leche League meeting, meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month. Saturday, May 6. The breastfeeding support group offers help and support to mothers who are currently breastfeeding a child or anyone who plans to breastfeed. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The topic will be "The advantages of breastfeeding to mother and baby" but all questions and concerns will be addressed. The meeting is free and babies are welcome. For directions to meeting or additional information, contact Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.

The Jewish Social Service Agency sponsors services for older adults in Northern Virginia, including in-home support services such as Meals on Wheels, nonsectarian geriatric care management services and counseling for seniors and their family. Call 703-204-9100. The Jewish Social Service Agency is located at 3018 Javier Road, Fairfax.

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group. Meets the third Monday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., at Manor Care of Fair Oaks, 12475 Lee Jackson Highway. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and care giving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit. Call Anita Newsome, group leader, at 703- 352-7172 prior to attending for the first time.

Parents of Children with Epilepsy. A support group for parents of children of all ages diagnosed with seizure disorders, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 7-8 p.m., at the Braddock supervisor's office in the meeting room, 9002 Burke Lake Road. Call Dana Douglas at 703-425-6660.

CanSurvive. Life with Cancer sponsors a patient-led, drop-in lunchtime general cancer support group for those dealing with any type of cancer on Thursdays at noon, at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Call 301-610-9146 or visit

Thyroid Cancer Support Group. Open to thyroid cancer survivors and their adult loved ones to share information and support in this monthly meeting co-sponsored with the Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association. Call 1-877-588-7904.

Spirituality Quest. This support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Call 703-698-2841.

Multiple Myeloma Group meets monthly to discuss experiences, emotions and challenges of living with multiple myeloma. The Life With Cancer Family Center is located at 2832 Juniper St. Call 703-698-2841.

Breast Cancer Group at the Inova Fairfax Woman's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road. Call 703-698-2841.

The Church of the Nativity offers a general bereavement support group the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the church, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Open to adults of all faiths. Call 703-455-2400, ext. 17.

Metastatic Breast Cancer support groups, a closed group setting with other women living with metastatic breast cancer, take place on Thursdays and Fridays. Registration is required. Call Sage Bolte at 703-208-5620.

Birthmothers is an outreach ministry for pregnant women serving Fairfax county. They match pregnant women with a specially trained friend who listens to concerns about being pregnant, the baby's father and the future. The group also connects women with practical assistance like low-cost prenatal care, housing resources, or legal aid. Birthmothers is confidential and free. Call 1-877-77BIRTH.

Parent-to-Parent. A support group for parents of young children with special needs, co-sponsored by Jewish Social Service Agency and the Board of Jewish Education, Northern Virginia. Fourth Friday of every month at a location to be announced. $65/individual, $90/couple for entire series, $10/session for drop-ins. Call 301-255-1944.

The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets each Wednesday, from 7-8 p.m., at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Call 703-425-6660.

Short-term Counseling Services offers an opportunity to discuss the challenges that follow a cancer diagnosis and to explore effective ways of coping. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Life with Cancer office at 703-698-2820.

Brain Tumor Group, first Tuesday of the month at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Adult patients and families are invited to share and learn ways to meet the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors. For more information, call 703-698-2841.

The Caregivers Meeting. Weekly drop-in group for family members and friends of those with cancer to discuss various concerns. Wednesdays, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the Radiation Oncology Conference Room. Use the blue garage. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups. Facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. For schedules, call 1-866-259-0042.

Burke/Springfield/Fairfax Compassionate Friends Support Group. Friendship and understanding to families grieving the death of a child. The support group meets monthly at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, at 7:30 p.m. Call 703-425-9504.

Birth Mother’s Support Group. Meets weekly in Northern Virginia. It is for any woman who has ever placed a child in adoption and would like to meet with others who have done the same. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker and a national certified counselor. Call Pat Cunningham or Stephanie Hayden at Catholic Charities at 703-425-0100. A modest fee is charged based on income.

Recovery Inc. A nonprofit support group for depression, bipolar disorder and other nervous disease meets every Friday at Boulevard Baptist Church, 7000 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Contact Lee at 703-777-1708.

Chapter 5300 of the AARP. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield in the theater at Village Square at 1 p.m.

The Women’s Center of Vienna offers a number of classes and workshops designed to help navigate the different aspects of separation and divorce, starting in April and continuing through August at various locations in Vienna, Fairfax and McLean. Some of the program topics include Divorce Through Mediation, Divorce Without Litigation, Dollars and Sense of Divorce, Financial Planning for Separation and Divorce, Helping Your Child Cope With Separation and Divorce, Legal Aspects of Child Support and Understanding Your Right To Marital Assets and others. Visit or call 703-281-2657.