Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

<lst>To have community health events listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, write an e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457 with any questions.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering several telephone support groups for people considering transplant treatment. Each session features a different topic. Transplant. March 29: Follow-up Discussion. 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 Preregistration is required.

Reiki appointments with a certified Reiki practitioner. Experience the benefits of this ancient practice. Reiki is a simple method of light touch that facilitates pain relief and stress reduction while stimulating the body's ability to heal itself. Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 North George Mason Drive, Arlington. Dress comfortably. To be held on Friday April 7, from 7-9 p.m., by individual appointment, Appointments are prioritized according to need; call Radiation/Oncology, 703-558-6284. Visit

Appointments are available for help with Medicare's new prescription drug benefit (part D). Contact the Arlington Agency on Aging at 703-228-1700, TTY 703-228-1788, or e-mail A phone consultation may be all that is needed. For help with enrollment, call to schedule a free one-on-one appointment with a Medicare counselor. Appointments must be pre-scheduled. May 15 is the deadline to sign up without penalty.

Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders Support Group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Call Loren Booda at 703-524-9474.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Groups at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane:

* Group for families meets the first Monday of the month, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Marie 703-978-6425.

* Group for sufferers meets every Monday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Call Peter 703-535-6575

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region sponsors several support groups for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, free of charge. Call 703-425-6660.

Arlington Public health holds regular anonymous HIV testing, no appointment required. To be tested, visit 1800 N. Edison St. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. or Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Testing by appointment is also available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12-1:30 p.m. Call 703-228-5266.

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry is launching an effort to provide health education and personal skills for Northern Virginia’s immigrant and migrant populations. NOVAM plans to bring its new RV mobile unit to the streets of immigrant communities. The program will be funded by a $250,000 grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Awards. Arlington is among the five counties NOVAM plans to target.