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March 7, 2014

Health Beat: Registration open for triathlon designed for all abilities

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The YWCA Greater Newburyport is teaming up with Tough Warrior Princesses to host a triathlon on Sunday, March 23.

The race, which is for everyone from the first-time athlete to the seasoned competitor, includes a 10-minute lap swim in the indoor pool, a 25-minute spin ride poolside and a 1.5-mile run on the rail trail.

For those interested in participating in the triathlon who are not members, the Y is offering $5 drop-in rates leading up to the event.

The Tough Warrior Princesses raise money for cancer research and provide support to local women and their families affected by cancer.

For more information or to register for the race, call 978-465-9922, ext. 13, or visit www.active.com/newburyport-ma/triathlon/races/tri-for-the-ywca-2014. Registration is $45.

Learn how to be a smarter driver

Brush up on your driving skills with the AARP Smart Driver Course, being held locally at Nichols Village in Groveland on Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time will also be addressed.

Those completing the course, which is not connected with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, will receive a certificate and may be eligible for insurance discounts afterward.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers and includes lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Stop by Nichols Village, 1 Nichols Way, to sign up. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 12.

Earn free CEU at pain presentation

A free presentation on chronic pain and its psychological impact will be held Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. in Amesbury.

Topics covered include the various psychological factors that can induce chronic pain conditions and how psychological assessment and treatment can help reduce or eliminate the vicious mind-body circle.

Nursing, social work and other medical students who attend will earn one continuing education unit (CEU). To reserve a spot, call 978-388-8138.

Presented in partnership with the Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network, the talk will take place at the Amesbury Council on Aging, 68 Elm St.

Asperger’s support group to meet

The Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group will meet Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-age children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges. Meetings are free and open to families from all neighboring communities. The Asperger’s Association of New England sponsors the group.

The meeting is free and will take place in the cafeteria, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport.

For more information, email newburyportasdgroup@gmail.com.

Shop for a good cause today

A Newburyport shop is helping a Boston Marathon runner raise money for the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Pretty Poppy is donating 20 percent of all proceeds today to the fight against melanoma. Kim Coppinger is running her 23rd marathon in support of the organization.

Additionally, the store at 43 Pleasant St. will serve light refreshments and wine from 5 to 9 tonight.

Blood drives in local communities

On Thursday, March 13, the Salisbury Lions Club will sponsor a blood drive at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Presenting donors will enjoy chowder provided by Lions Club members Herm and Reggie Fortin of Lena’s Seafood. The American Red Cross will serve pizza, snacks and drinks.

Other blood drives scheduled for March in the Greater Newburyport region include:

Newburyport: Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Masonic Hall, 31 Green St. Free pizza served.

Seabrook: Monday, March 17, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St. Free pizza served.

Amesbury: Thursday, March 20, 2 to 7 p.m., Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St. Free pizza served.

Salisbury: Sunday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

Rowley: Monday, March 31, 2 to 7 p.m., Rowley Veterans Association, 19 Bradford St.

There is currently an urgent need for blood and platelets, as the ongoing winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in thousands of uncollected donations.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For appointments or more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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