Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

<i>Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6476 or e-mail </i>

Free seminar on allergies on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Hear about the underlying cause of allergies and what to do to correct them without shots or drugs. Registration required 703-255-6360 or

"Caring for your Newborn" will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Topics include preparing the nursery, nutrition, bonding and more. Free but registration required. 703-255-6360 or

Christ Centered Yoga workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Christ-centered yoga fuses Biblical study with hatha yoga. For more information or to register, contact, Becky Martin at 770-861-8420 or Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332 or

Attorney Mitch Lambros will address The NoVA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) Support Group on Sept. 16, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. about applying for social security disability benefits with difficult to diagnose and describe conditions such as CFS, FM, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and mitral valve prolapse syndrome / dysautonomia (MVPS/D). The seminar will take place at the group's regular third Saturday of the month meeting, in the Large Conference Room of Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. No registration required; no fee. For more information, contact Elly Brosius at 703-968-9818 or Visit

Complementary Approaches in Cancer Care: Acupuncture, Meditation and Qi Gong. Monday, Sept. 18. 7:15- 8:45 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Lower Level, Rm.1E. Learn about some basic modalities found to be useful when living with cancer. Clinical psychologist Carlos Durana, Ph.D., M.Ac., is a practicing acupuncturist, meditation, and qi gong instructor. Register at 703-776-2841.

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21, Haven of Northern Virginia will offer a free six-week support group for children, ages 6-12, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. The children will learn how to identify their feelings of grief and express them appropriately. The group will meet 5-6 p.m. at Haven, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-7000 or E-mail

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia will meet Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Physicians' Conference Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fairfax. Socializing and refreshments begin 1:30. Program begins at 2 p.m.: Dr. Dan Albrandt, consulting pharmacist, will answers questions new drugs and treatments (cholesterol, BP, arthritis, heart, others) on the horizon. No admission fee. Ostomy nurse at every meeting for help and advice. Open to anyone interested. Park in Blue garage. For more information, Group phone is 703-802-3457 or visit

Whole Foods Market cooking demonstration on soups and stews will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. at 143 East Maple Ave., Vienna. The demonstration will feature Autumn Soups and Stews. Participants will receive copies of recipes and have an opportunity to sample dishes. Co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market and The Cancer Project. Seating limited, register by Monday, Sept. 25.

Parkinson’s Disease Carepartners Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning Sept. 19 at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes carepartners and family members. Call Angela Robb at 703-277-9666.

A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday monthly beginning Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. There is no fee. Call Glenn Lawrence at 703-406-2732.

Depression and Manic Depression Support Group. The Sterling/Reston Chapter of DRADA meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. For location, call Ginny at 703-966-2510. DRADA stands for Depressive and Related Affective Disorders Association, a nonprofit, self-help group sponsored by Johns Hopkins, which has been in existence for over 20 years.

Volunteer Opportunities: Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, is seeking volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and/or assist terminally ill patients and their families during their end-of-life journey. Compassionate individuals with a desire to help one or two hours a week, share with a patient or their family, assist with office support, or help with bereavement care can become an Odyssey volunteer. Training will be provided. Call Karen Baroody at 703-821-9200, or e-mail

Short-Term Counseling Services. A cancer diagnosis often leads to fears about life and causes disruptions in life. Family members may also experience their own sets of concerns. Short-term counseling can provide an opportunity to discuss challenges and explore ways of coping. For an appointment, call the Life with Cancer office at 703-776-2841.

Vienna Weight Watchers. Meetings at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E., Vienna are every Tuesday from noon-1:15 p.m. Cost is $150 for 12 weekly luncheon sessions, payable in advance. To register call 703-255-6350.

Shoplifters Anonymous. Group offers a new 12-step meeting program for those who wish to stop compulsive shoplifting. The group meets every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7426 Idylwood Road. Call Sue at 703-759-0396 or Carol at 703-764-0347 to confirm the meeting date.

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area accepts used car donations through its partner cars4charities. To participate, call 1-866-448-3487 or visit Vehicles are towed away free of charge. Some restrictions apply.

Social Skills/Therapy Groups. In small, age-appropriate groups, children who have difficulty in social situations learn and practice appropriate behavior, such as initiating and maintaining conversation, listening, sharing, problem-solving, self-control, handling teasing, dealing with emotions and making friends. Cost is $55-$65 per session. (May be insurance-reimbursable.) For registration, call the Jewish Social Service Agency at 703-204-9100.

The Alzheimer's Family Day Center is looking for volunteers. If interested, call Joan at 703-532-8899 or

Doorways for Women and Families offers a free support group for survivors of domestic violence. The group meets every Tuesday in a confidential location in Arlington. Call 703-237-0881. Free childcare provided.

Multiple Sclerosis. Held at 7 p.m. at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street. A group for anyone with multiple sclerosis and/or their friends and family. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month. Call 703-768-4841.

Heart and Sole. Persons with Parkinson’s Disease are invited to join an exercise class that meets weekly on Fridays or Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. S.E., Vienna. The classes are sanctioned by the Parkinson Foundation for the National Capital Area (PFNCA) and are led by a certified instructor of the American Senior Fitness Association. Care partners and family members are welcome to come and assist the PD patient. For session dates, fees and information, call Cheryl Bartholomew at 703-281-1560. To register, call 703-255-6360 and specify the "Heart and Sole" class.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering several telephone support groups for people considering transplant treatment. Each session features a different topic. Contact the Society for a registration form and get a toll free number to call. Dial in at 7:30 p.m. to be connected to the group. Contact Darcy Richards-Bauer at 703-960-1100, ext. 238, or Pre-registration is required.

Suicide Survivors Support Group. Haven of Northern Virginia offers a free six-week support group for anyone whose loved one has died by suicide. The group will meet from 7:30-9 p.m. at Haven, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-7000 or e-mail

Good Grief for Children 5-12. Beginning of an eight-week group with age-appropriate activities, discussion and art therapy to help children share thoughts and feelings to help with the grief process. Mondays from 5-6:15 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. Call Jenny Eckert, children's program manager, at 703-208-5623 to register or for more information.

Good Grief Bereavement Group. For anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one from cancer within the last year, this eight-week seminar can help with the grieving process and handle the changes that come after the loss. Discussion topics include: the process of grief; accepting and expressing one's emotions; dealing with children, family and friends; role and lifestyle changes; coping with special dates; and community resources. Call 703-776-8798.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Counseling. Individual counseling for those and/or their partners, dealing specifically with metastatic breast cancer, is available. Call Sage Bolte, LCSW, breast cancer counselor at 703-208-5620 for an appointment.

Multiple sclerosis support group. For anyone with multiple sclerosis and/or their friends and family. 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St., N.E. Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. Call 703-768-4841.

Shoplifters Anonymous Meeting. A 12-step meeting which meets every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 7628 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-475-9278 or e-mail