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Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

Fairfax Area Community Health Survey

From the Fairfax County Health Department:

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a coalition of community members and diverse organizations working together to improve community health in the Fairfax community, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna.

A critical component of the Partnership's work is a Community Health Survey to gather perspectives about community strengths and the issues needing more attention. The brief anonymous survey will be posted online through November 15, 2010. Everyone who lives, works, or plays in the Fairfax community is encouraged to take a few minutes to answer some simple questions. This is a chance to get involved and make a difference as we work together to improve community health. Your opinion counts!

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…. 

Center Without Walls Running and Walking Club

Come out and join the Center Without Walls Running and Walking Club! The class meets every Thursday at the Potomac River Running Store. The store is located at 5715 Burke Centre Parkway in Burke, VA. The next meet-up will be tomorrow, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public! For more information call 703-324-5544.

Here are the upcoming dates:

September 23

October 7

October 14

November 4

November 18

 

Burke Racquet and Swim Club Holiday Closures

Burke Racquet and Swim Club will be closed for repairs and renovations from August 30 to September 3 during the Labor Day holiday weekend. However, it will be open on Labor Day, September 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. So come on in this Labor Day to get your fitness on!