Health Notes 8/21

Health Notes 8/21

Health notes are for support groups, exercise classes, blood drives and similar events open to the public at no or minimal cost. Send notes to the Connection at or call 703-917-6459. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

General Bereavement Support Group, a support group for those who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives – a parent, a child, a sibling or a friend. HAVEN of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, is offering a free bereavement support group. The group will begin Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 7:30-9 p.m. and will meet every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks. For information, call 703-941-7000, or visit

EZ8 Women’s Running Camps will begin Sept. 2 at Burke Lake Park for an eight-week program. Beginner to Intermediate female runners are invited to register in advance for one of two camps meeting three times per week. Call 703-586-5037 or visit

Burke Internal Medicine, 5631 Burke Center Parkway, offers free health evaluations for individuals ages 55 and over who have no current health coverage. Included in the offer is a free cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, personal risk assessment and consultation. To make an appointment, call Dr. Nabil Andrawis or Dr. Nashwa Gabra at 703-250-5171.

The Northern Virginia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Support Group offers a support group the third Saturday of every month from 2-4 p.m. at the Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Open to anyone interested in CFC, FM, Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome/Dysautonomia and orthostatic intolerance. Free; free parking. No stairs to climb. Refrain from wearing scented products. For more contact Elly Brosius at 703-968-9818, or visit

The Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, LLC monthly meeting, Sept. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m.. Physicians' Conference Center, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fairfax. "Meet & Eat" begins 1:30 p.m., program begins at 2 p.m. Speaker: Bruce Frishman, President, New Hampshire Pharmacy & Medical Equipment. Topics include relationship between health insurance/benefits and ostomy supplies coverage and latest ostomy products. Call 703-802-3457 or visit

Good Grief for Children 5-12. Life with Cancer Family Center, Suite 203, Room B, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax., in the Merrifield area. This is the continuation of an eight-week series utilizing group activities and art therapy through which children can share thoughts and feelings to help with the grief process. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Lung Cancer Group. Join fellow lung cancer patients and family members to discuss the challenges of living with lung cancer and its treatments. Facilitated by an oncology counselor. At the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax, Room 1E. Call 703-698-2841 or visit

Weight Management. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays, at 6:45 p.m., at Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. Annual membership is $20. Call 202-622-6042 or visit

DivorceCare is offered as a support group at First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield, each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Call the church office at 703-451-1500.

Breastfeeding Mom's Group. New Mom and Baby topics, including breastfeeding. Experienced maternal-infant nurse/lactation consultant facilitates group discussions. Weekly prize drawing. Complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information. Groups meet on Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Road. Cost is $5 per session. Call 703-776-MILK (6455).

Young widowhood support group for persons under the age of 50 who have been widowed two years or less, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month 7-8:30 p.m., at The Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 101, W., Falls Church. It is an open group with an open agenda each meeting. Registration required. Free. RSVP to Lisa Colaianni at 703-641-0100.