Health Notes

Health Notes

<b>Co-Parenting after Divorce</b>

<bt>This workshop teaches parents how to make co-parenting relationships work to raise happy and healthy children. Workshop is on Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Arlington Center for Well-Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington. Call 703-522-7710.

<b>Diet Connection</b>

<bt>A 10-week nutrition education program that teaches how to decrease fat while increasing carbohydrates and physical activities, on Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., beginning Jan. 30 at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington. Cost $110. Call 703-558-6740.

<b>Healthy Hearts: Foods and Facts</b>

<bt>Learn what foods help prevent heart disease at the Arlington Center for Well-Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington, Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost $10. Call 703-522-7710.

<b>Getting Support<b>

<bt>This workshop teaches how to build and maintain an emotional support system when needed, at the Arlington Center for Well-Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington, Monday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Cost $30. Call 703-522-7710.

<b>Five Rays to a Happier Life</b>

<bt>Learn fresh perspectives and techniques to help choose moving toward a happier life, at the Arlington Center for Well-Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m. Cost $25. Call 703-522-7710.

<b>Capitol One Stair Climb</b>

<bt>The 12th annual Capitol One Stair Climb to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the former USA Today building, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. This is a 30-story stair climb followed by festivities, featuring Armand's Chicago Pizzeria. Call 301-657-8444.

<b>Arlington Health Center Commission</b>

<bt>The Arlington Health Center Commission is open to adults who are concerned with issues pertaining to long-term-care facilities in Arlington. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month (Feb. 6) at 3033 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-228-1700.

<b>Anger Management for Men</b>

<bt>Through a variety of exercises and group discussions, learn to monitor, express and resolve angry feelings more effectively at the Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7-9 p.m. Cost $130. Call 703-281-2657.

<b>Long-Term-Care-Insurance Seminar</b>

<bt>The Arlington Agency on Aging has scheduled a free program on long-term-care insurance at the DHS building, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Room 7B, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The seminar will include information on the basic features of most long-term-care insurance policies and consumer tips on things to consider when deciding whether to purchase a policy. To register call 703-228-1700.

<b>Power Wheelchairs Available</b>

<bt>Miracle on Wheels provides power wheelchairs to nonambulatory seniors (65 and older) at no out-of-pocket expense for those who qualify. Electric wheelchairs are provided for the home or at independent living quarters. The service may also be provided to persons permanently disabled of any age. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit <a href=""></a>.

<b>Help with Chemotherapy Costs </b>

<bt>The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Patient Financial Aid Program will offer up to $500 per year to pay for chemotherapeutic medication, transportation and blood work associated with cancer treatment. Patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and blood-related cancers are eligible. For an application, call 703-960-1100, Ext. 231; 1-888-576-6878; or e-mail <a href=mailto:""></a>.

<b>Grief Support Groups </b>

<bt>Support for persons coping with grief is available through the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center at 4715 N. 15th St. A grief education meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30 p.m. A drop-in grief support group takes place on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. All meetings are held in the dining room of the facility. Call The Hospices of the National Capital Region at 703-383-9222.

<b>The Arlington Center for Well-Being</b>

<bt>The Center, at 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, is offering the following workshop for the new year:

* <b>"Co-Parenting after Divorce," </b> is for individuals coping with co-parenting after separation or divorce. Workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, and at The Women's Center on Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants will learn how to cope with both the logistics and emotional concerns that follow a separation or divorce. The sessions will run from 10 a.m.-noon. To register, call Arlington County Adult Education at 702-228-7200 or The Women's Center at 703-281-2657.

<b>'Ask an Expert'</b>

<bt>The Arlington Agency on Aging is offering a series of free information sessions, "Ask an Expert," for Arlington residents who are assisting elders or who are nearing retirement themselves. The scheduled topic for Jan. 28 is "Online Senior Resources," but questions will be fielded on any community resources or issues affecting elders in Arlington. The session will be held at the Department of Human Services building at 3033 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon Metro stop), in Room 740, at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available under the building (entrance on North Highland St.). Preregistration is preferred, but not required. For further information or to register, contact the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788, or e-mail <a href=""></a>. An interpreter for hearing-impaired persons may be requested at least five business days in advance.

<b>Support for People with Mental Disabilities</b>


* <b>The Children and Adolescents Network Support Group. </b> Call Ellen Storck at 703-534-3440.

* <b>Arlington Alliance for the Mentally Ill</b> meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Call Richard and Betsy Greer at 703-525-8616.

* <b>Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders. </b> Meets weekly on Wednesdays, from 7-9 p.m., at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road in Falls Church. Call Shannon Flynn at 703-527-0370.

* <b>Depressive and Manic Depressives. </b> Meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at Falls Church Community Center, 223 N. Little Falls St. in Falls Church. Call Barbara Solow at 703-620-5538 or Marshall Epstein at 703-849-9401.

* <b>Northern Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association. </b> Meets the first Sunday of each month, at 4 p.m., at Endependence Center, 3100 Clarendon Blvd. Call 703-978-3017, Ext. 30.

* <b>The Friends of Clarendon House</b> meets the third Wednesday of the month, at 7:45 a.m. at Clarendon House, 3141 N. 10th St.

<b>'Seniors in Action'</b>

<bt>Arlington County offers a wide range of activities for seniors 55 and over. Fitness programs include aerobic exercise classes, strength training, walking groups, water aerobics, line dancing, square dancing, tennis, bowling, golf, yoga and Tai Chi. Join the Senior Adult Programs for $5 annually and access all activities. In some instances, an additional cost, such as $2 a class, may be necessary. Call 703-228-4744.

* <b>Senior Wellness. </b> Kristen Taranto, senior wellness programmer, Office of Senior Adult Programs, meets weekly with seniors at Aurora Hills and Lee Senior Action Centers. Taranto discusses ways to access county services and programs available to seniors. She will be at Aurora Hills, 735, S. 18th St., on Mondays at 10 a.m., and at Lee, 5722 Lee Highway, on Tuesdays, at 11:30 a.m. There is no fee.

* <b>Fitness and Exercise. </b> Seniors who belong to the county's Office of Senior Adult Programs, Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, are eligible to use the fitness and exercise equipment at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., free of charge. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Participants pay a $5 annual registration fee, which allows them access to the fitness programs, as well as any program at senior centers countywide.