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Walk for your Health and for a Free Mammogram for those in Need!

Studies in the past have shown that exercising vigerously at least 7 hours a week is associated with 20% less incidence of breast cancer.....so what are YOU doing this weekend?  Even though it is not that vigorous, it's a start, and I am going to break out those old racing sneakers (or at least my dog already did) and walk for my health, and help others afford that FREE mammogram!

What: The 17th Annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010.


When: Saturday, October 23, 2010, Registration begins at 6:30 am at the AMC Hoffman Center.  The Walk begins at 8:00 am.

Where: The Walk route in Alexandria, Va. is along Eisenhower Avenue will accommodate walkers, runners, children, wheelchairs, and strollers. Participants may choose from a 1.5K/3.5K/5K walk or run.

Now at Panera: Pink Ribbon Bagel to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel is back for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera Bread has Northern Virginia locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, Merrifield, McLean, Virginia, West Springfield, Fairfax and Reston participating for the 10th year in a row to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The bagels will be sold throughout the month of October and the participating bakery-cafes will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel to the Inova Health Systems Life with Cancer Program. Not only will the bagel support breast cancer awareness, it is also delicious! The bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Pink Streaks in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1-31

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So Lofty Salon & Wellness Center in Vienna is offering

PINK HIGHLIGHTS

for just $10 each. No appointment necessary.

How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well…. 

Teen Wellness Center Grand Opening Celebration

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is excited to host the grand opening celebration of the new Teen Wellness Center, the very first of its kind in Northern Virginia. What does this wellness center have to offer? The Alexandria Health Department has brought its Adolescent Health Center inside the high school campus to offer better and confidential access to physical and mental health services for teens. 

The new Teen Wellness Center was formerly known as the Adolescent Health Center now calls T.C. Williams High School, located at 3330 King St., Alexandria, home. The entire community of Alexandria is invited out to participate in the grand opening celebration tomorrow, September 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Les Dames d'Escoffier to Host Dinner and Panel on Children's Eating Habits

Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international non-profit organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industry that focus on education and philantrophy, is hosting a special dinner and panel discussion on children’s evolving eating habits.

Evening Star Café is partnering with Les Dames d’Escoffier for this event on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Evening Star Café is located at 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

The panel discussion will be about why there are these changes in children’s eating habits and what steps can be taken to help kids make healthier dining decisions. It will be led by Nancy Tringali Phio, author of My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything.

Get Registered for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

The 2010 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is being held September 18 through September 29. The deadline to register is Wednesday, September 1! To be eligible you must be 50 years old by December 31, 2010 and live in a sponsoring jurisdiction, which include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. $10 includes one event and the following events are open:

Track & field, team line dance, racquetball, ten pin bowling, eight ball pool, Wii bowling, bocce, tennis, table tennis, fencing, golf, shuffleboard, chess, miniature golf, bunco, horseshoes, softball hit & throw, backgammon, scrabble, cribbage, yo-yo tricks, duplicate bridge, swimming, diving, pickleball, men’s basketball,  men’s and women’s free throw basketball

For more information you can visit www.nvso.us or call 703-228-4721.

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