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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…. 

PresbyLASIK Surgery, A Bi-Focal Fix?

VIENNA, VA -- A new, not yet FDA approved technique for aging eyes called PresbyLASIK can eliminate the need for reading glasses, and help patients who have trouble seeing far away. Watch WUSA9's Anita Brikman's story to find out more. 

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.


Come Play Wiffle Ball to “Wiff out” Brain Cancer

Hundreds of people will gather to play wiffle ball at the 15th Annual Northern Virginia Wiffle Ball World Series this Saturday, August 7, at Waters Field in Vienna, VA. Over the past 6 years, Brian Bedell 2 Young Foundation (2YF) has hosted the event to raise money for brain cancer research. Brian Bedell was a Vienna native who passed away at age 35 from brain cancer in 2005. 2YF has raised over $250,000 for research and programs for people with brain cancer and hopes to continue to raise funds to fight this disease.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and the first pitch will be at 10:00 a.m. Waters Field, aka “Brian Bedell Park,” is located at 130 Center Street in South, Vienna. For more information about 2YF or to donate money or services visit http://2yf.org/. For information about the tournament or to register a team visit http://2yf.org/tourney.html.

Yogen Früz Does Frozen Yogurt With a Twist

This year’s summer treats can be diet-friendly and flavorful. Yogen Früz, a frozen yogurt shop right on 1825 Discovery Street in Reston, VA, and in Mclean’s Tyson’s Corner on 1961 Chain Bridge Road, introduced their newest flavor this past spring: chai latte.

If that new flavor doesn’t satisfy your taste buds enough, Yogen Früz offers a “Mix-It” machine that blends in any fresh fruit of your choice. This machine helps create a personalized fruit flavored yogurt right in front of the customer that is both refreshing and nutritional.

Bathing suit season is not quite over yet, so go on in and try out your own “Mix-It” combination with this non-fat tart frozen yogurt. Yogen Früz yogurt also is filled with 1 billion healthy pro-biotics per serving, giving it yet another health advantage. No guilt trips after this sweet treat!