Health Notes

Health Notes

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Health providers host Hurricane Healing Day. On Sept. 22, Dr. Erica Statman of Maimonides Chiropractic in Fairfax and Dr. Kristin Colangelo of Four Seasons Chiropractic Center in Fairfax together will be providing free health screenings, exams, and adjustments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. in exchange for donations to the American Red Cross. The public is invited to attend. For a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, supporters can enjoy chiropractic health care services, including consultations, exams, and chiropractic adjustments. For more information, contact Michelle or Lauren at 703-383-1630.

George Mason University's Substance Abuse Task Force and Fairfax County Public Schools' Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools presents "Teens and Alcohol: Promoting Dialogue on Underage Drinking," an interactive discussion on the challenges and consequences of underage alcohol use, Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater on the GMU campus. Call Clarence Jones at 703-876-5281.

Caregiver Support. A support group in Burke will offer support and information to people caring for elderly or disabled adults, whether these loved ones live in their home, nearby residences or miles away. Meetings are free and open to the public. This caregivers support group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m., at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke. The next meeting will be Sept. 24. Call 703-451-8631 or

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. For more information contact Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332.

The INOVA Life with Cancer Family Center, located at 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, presents the following special events. Call 703-776-2841 or visit

* Nutrition & Breast Cancer. A presentation from dietitian Deb Rowland is Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:15 p.m.

Inova Fairfax Hospital is co-sponsoring a Walk From Obesity, Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. at Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Md. The event includes both a 1-mile and 2-mile walk on Sligo Creek Parkway. The $25 registration fee includes participation in the walk, a T-shirt, entertainment, and light refreshments. There will also be door prizes and giveaways. Participants have the option to register as an individual, or to organize a corporate or family/friend team. For more, call Jeanne Ferber at 301-754-7878 or visit

The La Leche League of Burke hosts its monthly meeting, "The Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby," on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m., at the Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and babies are welcome. Call Leslie at 703-256-2754 or Marisa at 703-323-7301.

A Reiki "First Degree" course, taught in Spanish, is Oct. 14-15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton. The course will be led by Juanita C. Acevedo, master teacher, and costs $200. Call 703-273-5127.

The Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area offers the following support group opportunities:

* Fairfax Sully Group and Exercise Class. The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets monthly on the fourth Saturday, from 10-11 a.m., with an exercise class at 11 a.m., at the Fair Oaks Sunrise Assisted Living Facility, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. Co-leaders are Bill Robbins 703-830-3823 (e-mail: and Darryl Edwards 703-378-9213. Visit

* Fairfax Little River Glen Group. The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m., at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The next meeting is on Oct. 20. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients, family members, and carepartners. No charge. For more information, call Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.

* The Springfield Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2 p.m., at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Drive, Town Center Building, Music Room, Springfield. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients, family members and carepartners. For more information, call Michel Margosis at 703-569-2630 or Mitch Mills at 703-913-0270.

* The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10-11 a.m., with an exercise class normally reserved at 11 a.m., at the Fair Oaks Sunrise Assisted Living Facility, 3750 Joseph Siewick Drive, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. For more information, contact Bill Robbins at 703-830-3823 or e-mail and Darryl Edwards at 703-378-9213. Visit

* Fairfax Little River Glen Exercise Class. The Parkinson's Disease Exercise Class meets weekday mornings at Little River Glen Senior Center, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients, family members and carepartners. For class schedule and more information, call the LRG Senior Center at 703-503-8703.

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

The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia sponsors an Epilepsy Awareness Stroll Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston. For more or to register, visit, or call 703-328-5007 or e-mail

Alzheimer's Family Day Center, located at 2812 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, hosts various classes. Reservations are required, and classes are open to people who are caring for a relative or friend with dementia. For more, call 703-204-4664 or visit

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. The next Tuesday meetings take place Sept. 27 and Oct. 11, from 7:30-9 p.m. The next Thursday meetings take place Oct. 6 and 20, from 2-3:30 p.m.

* 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. Next meeting takes place Oct. 4.

Mothers & More is a support group for women who have altered their career path to care for their young children at home. The group offers playgroups, children's and family activities, guest speakers, book club, mom's night out, movie night, chat group and more. For more information, call 1-866-716-7766 or visit The group meets at the following:

* The third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., in the Braddock Hall at the Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. The next meeting is Oct. 19.

* The first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center. Next meeting is Oct. 6.

The Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter hosts its annual Memory Walk on Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration begins at 8 a.m., the walk begins at 10 a.m. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $200. Participants can walk one or three miles. The walk begins at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. For more or to register, visit or call 1-800-272-3900.

United Ostomy Association Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, hosts its monthly support group meeting on Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m., at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Conference rooms D-E-F. Program includes discussions of topics of interest and concern to ostomates. Free, refreshments served. INOVA Fairfax Hospital is located at 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Parking in Blue garage is free with stamped parking ticket. For more information, call 703-802-3457.

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. For more information, call 703-691-0046. Sunrise of Fairfax is located at 9207 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax.