Health Notes Sept. 18-24

Health Notes Sept. 18-24

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Dr. Nigel Azer, orthopedic surgeon, will discuss how to manage arthritis as an active adult, Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend this free lecture, call Inova HealthSource 703-750-8800.

Dr. Jane Grayson, radiation oncologist, will present “Pathology and Treatment for Breast Cancer,” Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend, contact Life with Cancer at 703-776-2841.

Dr. Anne Favret, oncologist, will discuss hormonal, systemic and alternative therapies for those with breast cancer, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To register to attend, visit

“Genetic counseling options and managing the side effects of breast cancer” will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend, contact Life with Cancer at 703-776-2841

The benefits of therapy and exercise for those with lymphedema will be discussed Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend, visit to

Current research and nutrition suggestions about breast cancer will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 22, Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend, contact Life with Cancer at 703-776-2841.

Survivorship issues with sexuality will be discussed Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:15 p.m., Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center, 4320 Seminary Road. To attend, contact Life with Cancer at 703-776-2841 or visit

The art of looking after 'you' just got easier. Keep fit, build strength, ease joint pain, breathe better, Throughout September come to Little River Yoga, Alexandria and join in free classes. Yoga, pilates, qi-gong. Massage treatments also available. 703-203-8510,, or visit

Kripalu Yoga in Alexandria: Delicious classes for body, mind & spirit. Mount. Vernon Unitarian Church, Windmill Lane. Monday 6 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 4 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, S. King's Highway: Monday 10 a.m. Montebello: Mon. 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Sandy at 703-255-9182 or go to

Dream Group: Monthly, 3rd Saturday, at the Inner Arts Center at Mindful Hands, 211 King St. from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your dreams. Free instruction on dreamwork techniques provided. E-mail or

Guided Imagery Group: Monthly, 3rd Saturday, 9:15- 10:50 a.m. Listen to a wide assortment of imagery CDs. Free instruction on best techniques. The Inner Arts Center at Mindful Hands, 211 King St or

Happiness Psychology Discussion Group: Monthly. Discuss latest research and books on the science and art of happiness. 3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30 - 3 p.m. The Inner Arts Center at Mindful Hands, 211 King St. Visit or

Join Yoga in Daily Life, 2402 Mount Vernon Ave., on Sept. 12-14, for a weekend of yoga and meditation practice, discussions, and inspirational talks. Reservations are requested. Fees for events, on-line registration, and further information may be found on or by calling 703-299-8946.

The Alexandria Mental Health Family Support Group of NAMI/FOCUS is open to all dealing with mentally ill family members suffering from depression, bipolar or schizophrenia. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Mental Health Office, Community Service Board Clubhouse, 4480 King St. Contact J. Gulka, Facilitator, 571-451-0773.

Yoga in Daily Life, 2402 Mt. Vernon Ave., offers classes for people of all ages and physical ability, seven days a week. Free trial begins Sept. 22. Drop-ins welcome anytime. Lunchtime Yoga classes held on Wednesdays 12:15 - 12:50 p.m. Visit for complete class schedule or call 703-299-8946 for more information.

The Alexandria Health Department announces new hours for its HIV Testing Clinic, effective immediately. The HIV Testing Clinic is available every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The clinic, located at the main Health Department Building, 4480 King St., offers free, anonymous and confidential testing. For more information about the HIV Testing Clinic or other HIV/AIDS services, contact Nechelle Terrell, HIV/AIDS Coordinator, at 703-838-4400, ext. 305.

Body in Balance Center, 1423 N. Powhatan St., offers fusion flow for parents and babies, a class specifically designed for parents with babies who are crawling and beginning to walk as well as pre-crawlers. Classes are offered Thursdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays 11:30 a.m. $20.00 drop in fee or 6 class pass for $90.00. Visit or 703-518-4434.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) has scheduled a series of free Confident City Cycling Classes for 2008. The classes, which are free and open to all, regardless of residency, are designed to provide cyclists with the skills they need incorporate bicycling into their daily routines. To register visit The classes are offered:

*Saturday, June 28 from 1-4 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 Stafford St., Arlington.

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

Yoga Classes are offered by YogaKala at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., on Saturdays, 10 a.m. for intermediate and 11:25 a.m. for beginners, and at the Carlyle Towers, 2151 Jamieson Ave., on Thursday 6 p.m. for intermediate and 7:15 p.m. for beginners, as well as Fridays, 10 a.m. gentle yoga. Cost: $15 per class or $96 for eight classes. For more information, call 703-549-0484 or e-mail

His Kingdom Ministries, 2707 Dewitt Ave., Alexandria, will be teaching “Your Best Life Now,” on Sunday mornings from 10-11 a.m. Free. 202-409-4761 or 703-329-1594.

Haven of Northern Virginia is offering the following Bereavement Support Groups at 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale:

* General Bereavement Group: First and third Wednesday evening of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

* Suicide Survivors Bereavement Group: First Tuesday evening of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

* Widow/Widower Support Groups: First and third Thursday evening of each month, 2-3:30 p.m.; Second and fourth Tuesday evening of each month, 7:30-9 p.m.

Emotions Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship for people whose emotions are causing difficulties in their lives. A local group of Emotions Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 2006 Belle View Blvd. Call 703-660-8798, or e-mail

Yoga at Fitness on the Run, 109 S. Alfred St., offers daily classes at 12:15 p.m. and evenings starting at 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Visit and view the online calendar for a complete list of classes and times.

The Inova Hospital System asks the public to give blood. There is a need for all types of blood, with an emergency need for Type O-positive & O-negative. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome. There are T-shirts for all donors. Call 1-866-BLOODSAVES (1-866-256-6372). A photo ID is required. Allow one hour for donation. In the Alexandria/Mount Vernon areas, blood can be given at Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Road, 703-504-3500 or at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, 2501 Parker's Lane, 703-664-7229.

Joyful Heart Yoga for body, mind and spirit. Mondays, 10 a.m., at St. Marks, 6744 South Kings Highway and 5:30 p.m., at Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal St.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Mount Vernon Unitarian, 1909 Windmill Lane. Call Sandy at 703-971-2214 or go to

Burn Survivors Group. A group for people with serious burn injuries and their family and friends meet from 7:30-9 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month except December in the American Red Cross Building, 123 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-698-1626.

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

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight loss support group, meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. Private weigh-ins. Annual fee $24. 703-299-5788 for more information.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., there is a support group for families of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located at Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Call Amber at 703-338-8890. E-mail for more.