Health Notes

Health Notes

Health notes are for support groups, exercise classes, blood drives and similar events open to the public at no or minimal cost. Send information to the Great Falls Connection, by e-mail to, by mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA 22102, or by fax to 703-917-0991.

Peer support group for survivors of clergy abuse and others affected by the abuse, meets the last Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., in the downstairs meeting room at the Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Road, McLean. Contact Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.

Life Line Screening will be at the Dining Hall at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road, McLean, on Friday, Oct. 27. Appointments begin at 9 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a “brain attack”, is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

Screenings involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

Each screening requires 10 minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $109. A complete vascular package, including the osteoporosis screening, is $129.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721. Pre-registration is required.

Tenth annual Vienna Health Fair, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Vienna Adventist Academy Gymnasium, 340 Courthouse Road, Vienna. Flu shots, cholesterol and glucose screenings, spinal evaluations, consultations, exhibits and referrals. Call 703-938-8383.

A free t’ai chi beginners practice is held every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic School Gymnasium, 7005 Georgetown Pike, McLean from Nov. 4 through March 31, 2007. Free and open to all, including those who are brand-new beginners. Any comfortable, casual clothing and footwear are fine. Visit or call 703-759-9141.

Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, offers several ongoing free bereavement support groups. For information, call 703-941-7000, visit or e-mail

One-on-One Support: A volunteer will meet with a person grieving the death of a loved one, as needed, to provide individual support.

Widow/Widower Bereavement Support Groups for anyone grieving the death of a spouse. One group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. The other group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

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

Northern Virginia Stuttering Support Group, a support group for people who stutter meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Contact Matt Zenkowich at 703-319-8382 or

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering telephone support groups for people considering transplant treatment. Each session features a different topic. 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 Pre-registration is required.