Health Notes

Health Notes

<lst>Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or e-mail Call Nina M. Dry at 703-917-6422.

Fit for the Cure, a unique program designed to help women in the fight against breast cancer, takes place on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nordstrom at Tysons Corner. For every woman who participates in a free bra fitting, Wacoal America will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, call 336-544-2412 or e-mail

La Leche League of Vienna meets on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m., at the American Legion Post. The topic is "The Art of Breast Feeding and Overcoming Difficulties." The American Legion Post is located at 330 Center St. N., Vienna. For more information call 703-281-5801.

Northern Virginia Ethical Society meets on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. Speaker James Coley, vice president of the North Carolina Society for Ethical Culture from Chapel Hill, N.C., will discuss "Medical Ethics, Life and Death." Free. Event takes place at 225 Nutley St., N.W., Vienna. For more information about NoVES, visit or call 703-437-3161.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors "Life After Transplant," a telephone support group for those who have had a transplant for the treatment of a blood cancer. The four-week group meets on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. To participate, register by Oct. 1. Free, space is limited. For more information or to register, call 703-960-1100, ext. 231 or e-mail

Cholesterol testing available every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Inova Patient Service Center, 110 E. Maple Ave, No. 110 Vienna. Have cholesterol, glucose, Lipid Profile (fasting for this test only), PSA, glycohemoglobin or lead level tested for a small fee. Results mailed directly to participants' home. Walk-ins only. Check or money order accepted. Call 703-599-5219 for more information.

Suicide Survivors Support Group. A suicide survivors bereavement support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., at HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Call 703-941-7000 or visit

Donate Blood. Inova Blood Donor Services is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at its main location at 3289 Woodburn Road in Annandale. To inquire about appointments at a convenient donor center or blood drive, call 1-866-BLOOD SAVES (1-866-256-6372) or visit

Other Inova blood donation sites are:

* Inova Alexandria Hospital

4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va.


Hours: Monday and Wednesday; noon-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

* Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

2501 Parker's Lane, Alexandria, Va.


Hours: Monday-Thursday; 4-7 p.m.

* CentreMed, Centreville, Va.


Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; noon-8 p.m.

Saturday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Life with Cancer, an Inova Health System program, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, offers a number of support groups and events for individuals and families coping with cancer. For children, call 703-208-5623. Adults, call 703-698-2841, or visit

Lung Cancer Group. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. Call 703-698-2841; visit

Eating Can be Good for You! After a cancer diagnosis and during cancer treatment, many worry about eating the "right" foods. Julia Thorsen, registered dietitian for the Cancer Patient Nutrition Support Program at Inova Cancer Center, provides recent findings and recommendations to get the year off to a good nutritional start. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Suite 203, Room B. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit

TLC: Teens Living with Cancer. Monthly social activities for 13- to 18-year-olds who have cancer give them a chance to meet others with cancer, share a little, have fun. Call 703-208-5623 for details. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Carcinoid Cancer Group. Meet with other carcinoid cancer patients and their adult loved ones to share experiences and learn from one another in this monthly group meeting. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield, Room 1E. 703-698-2841,

Individual Reiki Appointments. Schedule an individual session with a certified Reiki practitioner, and experience the benefits of this ancient healing practice. Dress comfortably. To register, call 703-698-2841 or visit

Mothers and the Law, a support/focus group for women with an interest in promoting justice for mothers and children of separation and divorce, meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m., in the library of McLean Baptist Church, 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Share experiences as litigants in the courts of Virginia. For more information, call 703-421-6203 or 703-748-0072.

The Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Support Group. Meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Dolley Madison Library lower level meeting room at 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue in McLean. There is no charge. Patients, caregivers and family members are welcome. Call Hilary Blue at 703-821-1393 for more information.

Fibromyalgia/Arthritis Support Group. Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. For more information, call Arthritis Foundation at 202-537-6800, Ext. 3026, or Barbara at 703-913-0890.

Weight Management. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays at 6:45 p.m., at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-205-9041.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing, free bereavement support groups.

A general bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

A widow/widower bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. An evening group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 7:30-9 p.m.

A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

Call 703-941-7000 or visit for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups. Meetings are facilitated by trained group leaders, ongoing, free and open to the community. Support groups allow families to meet other caregivers, to share experiences and caregiving tips while developing coping skills. Caregivers and family members are invited to visit.

In Oakton, the group meets the third Monday of the month from 7:30 p.m. at Sunrise Senior Living (10322 Blake Lane).

In McLean, a caregiver support group meets on the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at The Sylvestery, 1728 Kirby Road in McLean. The Sylvestery is Vinson Hall Retirement Community's new assisted living residence for the care of people with memory impairments. Barbara Adams, M.S.W., will be the support group leader. Call Betty Moore, group leader, at 703-255-2050, before attending for the first time.

For a complete listing of Alzheimer’s Association support groups meet throughout the National Capital Area, call toll-free 1-866-259-0042 or visit Support groups are subject to change. Contact the support group leader to verify date, time and location.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Hyperactivity Disorder) of Northern Virginia. A support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:15 p.m., at Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. Contact Annette Spector,, with questions. The support group schedule is also posted online at For more information about these and other upcoming meetings, call 703-641-5451 or e-mail