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Minds Matter to Local Mental Health Service

PRS Inc. of McLean prepares for National Suicide Prevention Week.

Although National Suicide Prevention Week occurs next month, a local mental health service got a head start last week and launched its public awareness campaign on social media.

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Potomac: The House That Dick Built

An introduction to “Brickology.”

It’s the house that Dick built. And, the garage. And, the serpentine wall.

Alexandria: Seniors at the Wheel

Accident highlights need for alternative travel options for elderly.

According to police, at 10 a.m. on Aug. 2, Leonard Wainstein, a 92-year-old Fairfax resident, was looking for a parking spot at a bank in Old Town Alexandria.

Challenged Brain, Healthy Brain?

Social engagement and mentally challenging jobs might keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

Most days of the week, Ana Nelson can be found educating others about Alzheimer’s disease in her role as vice president of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter. Her free time is spent touring historical sites in Northern Virginia and staying fit through competitive running and other activities. She’s currently training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

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Staying Fit and Healthy on Vacation

Advance planning is key to maintaining a healthy diet and fitness on the road.

Listening to Christian Elliot describe part of a recent vacation that he took with his wife, Nina, you might think he was attending a fitness bootcamp.

Alexandria ‘Fights the Bite’

The Alexandria Health Department held a community meeting about Zika and mosquitoes on Wednesday, July 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Alexandria Beatley Library.

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Arlington Snapshot: Holistic Gym

TRUE Health and Wholeness studio, owned by Christian and Nina Elliot, moved in May to a new location just off Columbia Pike on South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington. See www.true-hw.com.

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Arlington Snapshot: LavaBarre in the Park

Local residents enjoy a free session hosted by LavaBarre Studio at Gateway Park in Rosslyn on July 12. The outdoor classes are available Tuesday evening 6-7 p.m. through July 26. Each exercise concentrates on concepts of ballet, Pilates and yoga. All are welcome to participate; bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes.

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Burke and Springfield: AARP Campaign Office Opens in Springfield

On Wednesday, July 6, delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) and Dave Albo (R-42) helped kick off the opening of the American Association of Retired Persons’s “Take a Stand” Campaign Headquarters in Springfield.

Chandra Kumar Selected as the New Executive Director at Greenspring

Chandra Kumar has been selected as the new executive director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield.

Potomac: Shopping Center Hosts Free Yoga Classes

Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall is hosting free yoga classes each Saturday morning, 9-10 a.m.

Great Falls: Preventing Zika: Doing Your Part

Open public meeting in Great Falls on how to prevent the disease from spreading.

In light of growing international concerns regarding the spread of the Zika virus, the Fairfax County Health Department is holding open public meetings to inform residents how to best prevent the disease from spreading.

Pushups For Charity Challenge Benefits Veterans

Local veteran opens gym, Rebel Fit USA.

Strategies for Preventing Concussions This Summer

Local physician is pioneering traumatic brain injury treatment.

Summer has been dubbed “trauma season” by health care professionals.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Health Gathering

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary hosted the Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers (VAHAV) Northern District Spring Meeting on May 16. More than 90 volunteers attended from 12 of the 14 hospitals who are in the Northern District. The meeting was held at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, a new, freestanding cancer center on the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital campus. Founded in 1949, VAHAV serves health care auxiliaries and volunteer organizations. See www.vahav.org.

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