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October 12, 2012

Health Beat: Avon Walk fundraiser tonight

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Local resident Jennifer Lacroix is holding a raffle at Michael’s Harborside tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 to help meet her fundraising goal for the Avon 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Raffle items have been donated by numerous local businesses, and Lacroix will also be raffling off a “Bleeding Heart” queen-size quilt valued at $1,000. Raffle tickets for the quilt are $5 each or five tickets for $20.

Special needs trusts info session Monday

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host an information session on special needs trusts on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill.

Attorney Faith E. Delaney will lead the session. The program will be held in the auditorium conference room. Enter at the door to the right of Merrimack Medical Center and follow the NAMI signs.

Stress release techniques program in Newbury

Newbury Town Library will offer a free program on stress release techniques tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon. Two presenters, Sharon Smith and Kate Rafferty, will be on hand to discuss and share their experience and techniques with the audience.

No registration is required.

Free acupuncture for stress relief

Newburyport Acupuncture will offer free 20-minute acupuncture treatments from 2 to 6 p.m. for new clients only on Oct. 24 in honor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day.

Call to reserve a space at 978-465-5036 or email susan@nbptacupuncture.com.

Healing yoga for breast cancer survivors

Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center will host four yoga classes for breast cancer survivors to offer support for ongoing health and well-being.

The program runs on Sundays from Oct. 21 to Nov. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the yoga center. Cost is by donation. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants as determined by preregistration interviews. Contact Arleen at 978-985-4166. Dialogue with other breast cancer survivors will be a part of the sessions.

Mike Donohoe Memorial 5K Run/Walk

The 6th annual Mike Donohoe Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Melanoma will be held in Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 21.

The 5K will begin at noon, and a free kids Fun Run for children ages 8 and younger will start at 11:30 a.m. All kids receive a free ice cream certificate to Henborg’s Ice Cream. Awards will be distributed in each age group. Additionally, there will be cash awards for both men’s and women’s first-, second- and third-place overall finishers. Middle/high school teams will compete for the coveted Donohoe trophy bowl.

There will also be an award for the first Middle/High School club team to finish. A raffle will be held for various merchandise items and there will be plenty of free food.

Race day parking is available at the Georgetown Middle/High School located at 11 Winter St. Pre-race number pickup will be held Saturday Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Middle/High School. Race proceeds benefit both the Melanoma Foundation New England and the Mike Donohoe Scholarship Fund.

For online registration, visit http://www.coolrunning.com/major/12/mikedonohoe.

‘My Life, My Health’ chronic health workshop

in Port

The YWCA Greater Newburyport, in conjunction with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, will host a “My Life, My Health” workshop on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The program will run from Oct. 24 through Nov. 28.

The free workshop is for adults who are living with the challenges of one or more chronic health issues. Participants will learn several techniques on how to manage their health conditions, increase energy levels, eat well, control pain, handle stress and relax and regain control of their lives.

It will also allow the participants to meet others who are living with a chronic illness and have open discussions, and to lend and receive support.

Registration is required. Contact Connie Grasso at 978-465-9922, ext. 27 to reserve a space now.

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