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Health & Fitness Oct. 4-11

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Dr. John Albrigo, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will discuss hip pain, knee pain and the possibility of a joint replacement, Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road. To register call Inova HealthSource at 703-204-3366 to register.

The Alexandria Mental Health Family Support Group of NAMI/FOCUS is open to all families dealing with mentally ill family members suffering from depression, bipolar or schizophrenia. Hear insight to the related issues of dealing with these conditions, guidance as to what you can do to help, and information on the various locally available services. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Mental Health Office Clubhouse, 4480 King St. Contact J. Gulka, 571-451-0773.

Drs. Jane Grayson and Michael Nigro, board-certified physicians, will discuss breast cancer development, anatomy, pathology and radiation therapy, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. The seminar is free to those registered. To register visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Dr. Kevin Fricka, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will hold a seminar to discuss osteoarthritis, Gender Knee and advances in joint replacement, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parkers Lane. The seminar is free to those registered. Contact Inova HealthSource at 703-204-3366

Geronima Cortese-Jimenez, RN, will discuss managing side effects of breast cancer treatment, Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To register contact Life with Cancer at 703-776-2841.

Dr. Corey Wallach, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, is holding a seminar about minimally invasive treatment for people who suffer from spinal disorders, Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road. The seminar is free and open to those who registered. To register call Inova HealthSource at 703-204-3366 or go to www.inova.org/healthclasses

Dr. Jeffrey Lovallo, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will discuss rotator cuff pain and shoulder arthritis and the possibility of joint replacement, Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road. Call Inova HealthSource at 703-204-3366 to register.

Dr. Susan Buenaventura, board-certified surgeon, and Michele McClellan, a certified physical therapist, will discuss breast reconstruction and Lymphedema, Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend contact 703-776-2841

Maureen Broderick, a licensed clinical social worker, will discuss sexuality and other survivorship issues, Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To register for this discussion visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Deb Rowland, cancer researcher, and Melissa Jurewicz, physical therapist, will discuss current breast cancer research and nutrition along with therapeutic exercise, Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend contact 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org

A Gentle Yoga series for cancer patients and survivors will be offered at Inova Alexandria Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, 4320 Seminary Road. The courses, held Wednesdays 6-7 p.m., will explore the physical and mental health benefits derived from Yoga. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. To register, call 703-776-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org

Young women with breast cancer are invited to attend a monthly support group for pre-menopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer. The group, sponsored by the Inova Alexandria Hospital Life with Cancer group, will hold meetings from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. For more information call 703-504-7921.

Take off Pounds Sensibly, TOPS chapter VA #280, Alexandria, meets Thursdays, at 10 a.m., at the Hollin Hall Senior Center on Shenandoah Road. For more information, call Joan at 703-751-6086.

The Alexandria Health Department has a volunteer opportunity focusing on emergency management. The position involves a commitment of 1700 hours over the next year with an Americorps educational stipend of $4725 upon completion. Flexible hours and some work-at-home possibilities. Individual will be directly involved in emergency preparedness and volunteer management. Contact John Clizbe, Emergency Planner, Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King St. Call 703-838-4400, Ext. 275.

Alzheimer's Support Group. The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 4:30 p.m., at the Alexandria Adult Day Health Center. The group is free and open to the community. The Alexandria Adult Day Health Center is located at 1108 Jefferson St. Call 703-838-4224 before attending to verify time and location.

Alexandria Red Cross relies on volunteers to sustain its humanitarian mission for disaster relief efforts, to teach first aid and CPR, for the Friendly Visitor Program and other community service work, special events, administrative support, to work with the Junior Red Cross and for blood donation services for the citizens of Alexandria. Training is provided. Call 703-549-8300 or see the Web site at http://www.alexandriaredcross.org.

Haven of Northern Virginia sponsors several ongoing free bereavement groups meeting throughout Fairfax County. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Inova Health System’s HealthSource is offering two on-line classes. "Baby’s First Foods" and "Weight Loss 101." Cost is $15. To register, call 703-204-3366 or visit www.inova.org/community.

The Mount Vernon Community Wellness Initiative has published a free educational pamphlet, "High Blood Pressure: Learn the Facts and Reduce the Risks." The pamphlet is being distributed to churches, libraries, pharmacies, physician's offices and community organizations. For a copy, call 703-360-4000.

YMCA Alexandria is holding the areas largest Action Health and Wellness Festival in September held in the YMCA parking lot, 420 E. Monroe Ave. and is searching for vendors. Showcase health and wellness services, resources, crafts or supplies for adults and children. Contact Lucresha Murphy/Linda Blake for registration information 703-838-8085.

YMCA Alexandria offers monthly registration for its cardio workout with Thurston McClain, Sunrise Yoga and Prop Pilates classes. All programs are great for beginners to advance level exercisers looking for a challenge and variety to their workout program. Class registration runs is monthly and located at the YMCA at 420 East Monroe Ave., 703-838-8085. Call the YMCA for any class fee information at 703-838-8085.

CrisisLink has been helping people deal with anxiety, stress and crisis throughout the entire metropolitan area for 35 years. Call 703-527-4077 or 1-800-784-2433, or learn more about their confidential, free hot line and crisis response services on the web at www.crisislink.org.

The Naomi Project is an all-volunteer resource program for pregnant and newly parenting mothers. The organization has been serving women and families in Northern Virginia for over 11 years promoting healthy pregnancies, fostering good parenting skills, and helping clients prepare for productive futures. Contact Kathy Shinal with The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at The Campagna Center. Call 703.549.0111 X129 or e-mail kshinal@campagnacenter.org.