Health Calendar

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bereavement Support

One-on-one support, by appointment, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free, registration required. 703-941-7000,

Grief support for adults, 7:30-9 p.m., first and third Thursdays, school building at Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Free. Carol Mack at 703-533-2951.

Parent grief group, for anyone who has lost a child, age 18 or younger, to cancer, to share memories and experiences in a supportive environment. 7-8:30 p.m. today, Life With Cancer Family Center, Loft A, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free. 703-531-1515.

Pet loss support group, for anyone who has recently lost or is anticipating the loss of a beloved companion animal. 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. Free. 703-280-2244.

Good Grief Dinner for Teens, a monthly dinner for ages 13-18 who have lost a loved one to cancer to share thoughts and feelings and learn about the grief process, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, teen lounge, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration required. Call Jenny Eckert at 703-698-2536,

Educational and Self-Help

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, weight-loss support groups with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs. Annual membership, $26; first meeting, free.

-- 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. Monthly fee, $6. 703-534-9335.

-- 11 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Church of the Spirit, 5775 Barclay Dr., No. G, Kingstowne. Monthly fee, $5. 703-313-0815.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step program for those dealing with food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Wesley United Methodist Church, 711 Spring St. SE, Vienna. Free. 781-932-6300,

Overeaters Anonymous, a program of recovery from compulsive eating using 12 steps and 12 traditions. More than 50 meetings a week in Northern Virginia. Free. 703-823-6682 or

Clutterers Anonymous, a 12-step recovery program. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Unity Club, 116B W. Broad St., Falls Church. Free. 703-405-8384.

Breast-feeding mothers' group discussion, led by a maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant. Baby-weight check, resource information and refreshments. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays and Thursdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. $5 per session. 703-776-6455.

CEA-HOW, a program for compulsive eaters, based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fairfax City Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax City. Free. 703-273-1937.

The National Parkinson Foundation offers the following classes for people living with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. Patients, $10; caregivers, $5; registration required. 703-378-7221,

-- Exercise class, 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly.

-- Aquatics class, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, the Woodlands, 4320 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax.

Yoga poses, breathing and meditation, classes offered to all levels of students. Take an exercise mat to class. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Durga Temple, 8400 Durga Pl., Fairfax Station. Free. 703-690-9355,,

"Living With Breast Cancer," nurse Julie Thorsen discusses nutritional guidelines for healthy living. 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, garden room, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration required by tomorrow. 703-698-2526,

Chemo 101, learn about medical terms, dos and don'ts, what to look for and how to optimize quality of life throughout chemotherapy treatment, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration required. 703-698-2526,

"Financial Planning When the Doctor Says It's Cancer," financial planner Shak Hill provides an overview and some guidance. 7-8:30 p.m. June 18, Life With Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration required by Wednesday. 703-698-2526,

Children's Educational Support Program, for ages 5-12 to learn about cancer through discussion and activities and find ways to manage the emotions and changes that come when someone in the family has cancer. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, June 17-Aug. 12, Life With Cancer Family Center, Kids Club, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration required. Call Jenny Eckert at 703-698-2536,

Look Good . . . Feel Better, a professional cosmetologist shares skin, hair and cosmetic tips to help you look your best before, during and after cancer treatment. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center Waiting Room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free, registration required. 703-504-7921,

"Developments in Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer," urologist Lloyd Glover discusses the latest information on the use of cryotherapy in treating prostate cancer, 7-8:30 p.m. June 18, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Conference Center, past the Cafe to the left, 3600 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Free, registration required by Tuesday. 703-698-2526,

Support Groups

Obsessive-compulsive disorder group, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington County. Free. 703-250-1126.

Domestic violence support groups, Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network, in the county's Department of Family Services, offers the following groups for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Free. 703-704-6718.

-- Women's support group, Oakton area, 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays.

-- Women's support group, Springfield area, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

-- Children's support groups (ages 4-13), Mondays.

-- Coping skills group, Alexandria area, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Helping Hands Stroke Club, support for stroke survivors and caregivers. 1-2 p.m. Fridays, Joseph Willard Health Center, 3750 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax City. $1 per meeting; first meeting, free. 703-246-7120.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Falls Church offers the following free, peer-led support groups in Falls Church. 703-354-5104.

-- For people with mood disorders, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike.

-- For people with mental illness, 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, 3302 Gallows Rd.

Living Well With Epilepsy, a group for adults with a seizure disorder and caregivers, sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. 7-8 p.m. Monday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Physicians Conference Center A, Falls Church. 703-698-0229 or

Living with epilepsy, a monthly support group for parents of children with seizure disorders, 10 a.m. Sunday, McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Room 1410, Vienna. Free. 703-639-2000, Ext. 3438, or

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) educational support group for patients, family and friends, sponsored by the ALS Association, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Mason District Government Center, main community room, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 301-978-9855,

Northern Virginia Stuttering Support Group, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-319-8382.

Breast cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Free, registration required. 703-698-2526 or

Carcinoid cancer group, surgical oncologist Eugene A. Waltering discusses "What's Hot and What's Not in Neuroendocrine Tumors?" 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Physician's Conference Center Auditorium, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-255-0519 or

Prostate cancer support group, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center Waiting Room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-768-6001.

Life With Cancer offers the following groups at the Life With Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax. Free, registration recommended. 703-698-2526.

-- Lymphoma group, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

-- Leukemia group, 7-8:30 p.m. today.

-- Multiple myeloma group, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

-- Thyroid cancer group, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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