Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

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Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group meets every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at Falls Church High School Entrance 1, Career Center-Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail. The dates are Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; Dec. 6, 13, 30.

NAMI-Arlington, Arlington Public Schools and the Arlington Child and Family Mental Health Services are sponsoring a special workshop for parents of children in K-12 or young adults with troubling behaviors and/or emotions on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m. at Arlington's Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carlin Springs Road. Contact the Arlington Parent Resource Center at 703-228-7239.

NAMI-Arlington sponsors a support group for parents of children, teens and young adults with a psychiatric diagnosis. Meetings are every third Sunday of the month, with the next meeting Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 16th & N. Inglewood, Arlington. Contact Naomi Verdugo at 703-862-9588.

The Cancer Project, is offering a free, eight-session cooking course designed to help Arlington residents prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition. The sessions will be held at the Cancer Center at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington from 1-2:30 p.m. Contact Kathy Domer at 703-558-0915. Visit

Monday, Oct. 23, Discovering Dairy Alternatives

Monday, Oct. 23, Replacing Meat

Monday, Oct. 30, Planning Healthy Meals

Monday, Nov. 6, Antioxidants and Phytochemicals

Monday, Nov. 13, Immune-Boosting Foods

Monday, Nov. 20, Maintaining a Healthy Weight

HIV/AIDS Support Groups. Sponsored by the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Includes groups for women, Latinos, heterosexuals and those newly diagnosed. Call Ron Redfoot at 703-531-4979.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Family Support Group. Meets first Monday of the month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Call 703-978-6425 for details.

Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, seeks volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and assist terminally ill patients and their families. Training will be provided. Call Karen Baroody at 703-821-9200 or e-mail

The Parkinson's Disease Support Groups (Patient Discussion, Carepartners and Exercise Classes) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane. The Parkinson Foundation invites persons with Parkinson's and their carepartners. Interested participants must call ahead. Call Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.

The STD Clinic of Arlington now offers confidential HIV and STD testing on Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. The clinic is located at 1800 N. Edison St. The Anonymous HIV Testing Clinic is also open Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. No appointments necessary. Call 703-228-5200. To make an appointment, call 703-228-5266. This open clinic is sponsored by Thalition, a coalition of organizations committed to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. In Arlington, 9 percent of the population is African-American but approximately 27 percent of the people living with HIV/AIDS in Arlington are African-American.

Shoplifters Anonymous Meeting. A 12-step meeting which meets every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 7628 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-475-9278 or email

CrisisLink's crisis intervention, suicide prevention and information and referral hotlines foster self-sufficiency by providing those most vulnerable with the tools they need to help themselves. Call 703-527-4077. Also available for the hearing-impaired at 703-752-5254. Visit

National Hopeline: 1-800-SUICIDE

National Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Into Safe Arms helps save the lives of newborns in danger of abandonment and preserves the heath and future of their mothers. 703-752-5262.

Darkness to Light encourages adults to take responsibility in preventing child sexual abuse. 1-866-FOR-LIGHT.

CareRing provides free, daily check-in phone calls to individuals who are alone, aged, disabled or chronically ill. CareRing keeps minor issues from escalating into major emergencies. Visit or call 703-516-6764.

NAMI Arlington General Support Group for parents, friends and significant others meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road. Call Frank Gisondi at 703-760-8988.

NAMI Arlington sponsors a support group for parents of children, teens and young adults with a psychiatric diagnosis. The group meets on the third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5533 N. 16th St. Contact Naomi Verdugo at 703-862-9588.

Depressive and Manic Depressive Group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Sunrise of Falls Church, 200 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Call Marshall Epstein at 703-641-5460.

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.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups (Patient Discussion, Carepartners and Wilber McBay Exercise Program) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) invites persons with PD and their carepartners. Interested participants must call ahead. For schedules and more information, contact Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.

Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia announced it will offer expanded testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Testing for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and hepatitis A, B and C will be available Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Testing for HIV is now available at the Northern Virginia facility Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Nia Technique, a mind-body workout is taught by certified instructors Randi Cohen and Lisa Farcas at Cherrydale Fire Station, 3900 Lee Highway, Arlington, on Monday Nights at 7 p.m. and Thursday Nights at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 a class.

ZUMBA fitness - Effective cardio workout based on Latin music and dance steps. All fitness levels welcome, no dance experience needed. Thursdays at 6 p.m., Arlington YMCA, 3422 N 13th St.. First class free, then drop-in guest fee $8. Call YMCA at 703-525-5420 or

The International Cesarean Awareness Network Inc. (ICAN), is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Tysons Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call 703-790-8088.

The Epilepsy Foundation sponsors the Support Groups and Classes for Parents of Children (all ages) with Seizure Disorders, Adults diagnosed with Seizure Disorders, and Caregivers. Free of charge. Call Dana at 703-425-6660.

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

AIDS/STD Services. The goal of the program is to prevent sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Twice weekly clinics provide testing, treatment, education and referral for STDs and HIV. Both anonymous and confidential HIV testing is offered 800 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington. STD Clinics, including confidential HIV testing, are held on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Call 703-228-5200.

Child Health (Well Child) Clinic. The goals are to prevent childhood disease, disability, or mortality and to promote optimum physical and mental development by providing preventive health assessments and parental education at recommended intervals for infants and children from six weeks to 5 years of age. Services include well child exams which consist of a physical exam; developmental and nutritional assessment; vision, hearing, and lead poisoning screening; health and parent education; and assessment and provision of needed immunizations. Call 703-228-1200.

Dental Clinic. The goal is to prevent the harmful effects of dental disease among members of the target population: children through high school age (and adults 60 years of age and older). The core services include preventive and diagnostic procedures such as examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments, prophylaxis, and sealants. Call 703-228-1200.

Free Hypnosis Screenings Tuesday - Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. with appointment. Call 703-352-5042.

Reiki therapy at Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 North George Mason Drive from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 Reiki is a simple method of light touch that facilitates pain relief and stress reduction while stimulating the body's ability to heal itself. By individual appointment (no fee). Call 703-558-6284 or visit

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.

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.