Health Notes

Health Notes

Know something that should be listed in Health & Fitness? Send a brief write-up to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, fax to 703-917-0991 or call Lea Mae Rice at 703-917-6459.

The Virginia Alzheimer’s Research Symposium is Saturday, June 2 at George Mason University’s Johnson Center Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. The full-day seminar informs family caregivers about investigations and breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research. $25/registration, fee waived for first 100 to register. For more or to register, visit or call 703-766-9007.

The Amputee Support Group of Northern Virginia meets Thursday, June 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gemini Conference Room of the Telestar Court Building. Jeremiah Perez, a national advocacy specialist for the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), will talk about Senate Bill 931 Virginia's Prosthetic Parity Bill, the Washington, D.C. volunteer program, the ACA Annual Conference and the multiple publications the ACA provides. 703-256-0245.

Inova Fairfax Hospital hosts "Preemies Today Fourth Annual Celebration and Silent Auction" Saturday, June 9 from 3-6 p.m. at the hospital's Physician's Conference Center, 3800 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Call 703-552-0163 or see

Springfield residents may be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the St. Bernadette Church on Monday, June 11 at 9 a.m. St. Bernadette Church is located at 7600 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule and appointment, call 1877-237-1287 or

Haven of Northern Virginia offers a free six-week support group for those grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. The group begins Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30–9 p.m. at the center, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration required. To register call 703-941-7000, e-mail or visit

The Jewish Social Services Agency offers a number of workshops and classes. It is located at 3018 Javier Road in Fairfax. To register or for information call 703-204-9100.

* Get Connected: Adult Social Skills. Tuesdays, June 12-Aug.14, time TBA. For men and women ages 19-30 who may have Asperger's Syndrome and are having difficulty transitioning into successful young adulthood. Participants learn and practice skills for making friends, initiating conversation, making decisions and more.

* Living from your Center: The Art of Relaxation to Reduce Stress and Maximize Living. Six Mondays beginning July 9 from 7-8 p.m. Learn how to shift from stressed-out and exhausted to relaxed and refreshed.

* Memory Coaching Workshop Series. Six Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. beginning June 12. For older adults who are experiencing mild cognitive impairments. Limited to six participants. Interested participants will first meet with a social worker for a brief assessment.

Burke Internal Medicine, 5631 Burke Center Parkway, offers free health evaluations for individuals ages 55 and over who have no current health coverage. Included in the offer is a free cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, personal risk assessment and consultation. To make an appointment, call Dr. Nabil Andrawis or Dr. Nashwa Gabra at 703-250-5171.

My Gym Children's Fitness Center of Burke now offers registration for its fall session. The fitness center offers fitness classes for children as well as birthday parties. For more information about My Gym of Burke or to register for fall classes, contact Valarie Jacobs at 703-425-5327.

A health education and physical fitness program for adults over 50 meets Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on the Fairfax GMU campus, University Drive, Fairfax. This nationally-recognized program is sponsored by George Mason University and managed by its participants. The focus is to improve physical well-being and to increase stamina. $40/month. For more information e-mail and leave name, phone number and e-mail address.

The Northern Virginia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Support Group offers a support group the third Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Open to anyone interested in CFC, FM, Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome/Dysautonomia and orthostatic intolerance. Free; free parking. No stairs to climb. Refrain from wearing scented products. For more contact Elly Brosius at 703-968-9818, or visit

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

Good Grief for Children 5-12 Years Old. Life with Cancer Family Center, Suite 203, Room B, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax., in the Merrifield area. This is the continuation of an eight-week series utilizing group activities and art therapy through which children can share thoughts and feelings to help with the grief process. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Lung Cancer Group. Join fellow lung cancer patients and family members to discuss the challenges of living with lung cancer and its treatments. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Weight Management. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays, at 6:45 p.m., at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. Annual membership is $20. Call 202-622-6042 or visit

DivorceCare is offered as a support group at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield, each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Call the church office at 703-451-1500.

Breastfeeding Mom's Group. New Mom and Baby topics, including breastfeeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Groups meet on Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road. Cost is $5 per session. Call 703-776-MILK (6455).

Personal trainer Pete Bua of Fairfax offers a free 45-minute introductory training session and workout at the newly-opened Ascend Fitness studio, 3970 Walnut St., Fairfax, or at clients’ homes or offices. Bua, a Certified Personal Trainer, has been working in Fairfax County for three years. He is CPR-certified by the American Red Cross and a sports nutritional consultant to Nutrico NV. Call 703-203-3996 or e-mail

Young widowhood support group for persons under the age of 50 who have been widowed two years or less, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month 7-8:30 p.m., at The Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 101, W., Falls Church. It is an open group with an open agenda each meeting. Registration required. Free. RSVP to Lisa Colaianni at 703-641-0100.

Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio sponsors "Mindfulness Meditation Class" on Sundays at 7 p.m., at the studio, 9998 Main St., Fairfax. Free. E-mail or call 703-864-2807.