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March 28, 2014

Health Beat: Teen contest promotes healthy breakfasts

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — High school students across Massachusetts are invited to get creative about school breakfast.

The fourth annual “School Breakfast: Eat. Film. Screen” contest is accepting submissions through Friday, April 4.

Films should be no longer than 30 seconds and must demonstrate why it’s beneficial for teenagers to eat a healthy breakfast at school; include at least one scene in a school cafeteria; be fully created by students; and feature a reimbursable school breakfast meal that contains at least three of the four following categories: milk, meat or meat alternate, vegetable or fruit, and grain.

The winning group will receive a $1,000 gift card for its class. Second and third places get $300 and $200, respectively. Winners will be announced on May 5.

The contest is run by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program and Project Bread.

For entry guidelines or to submit a video, visit www.meals4kids.org/school-breakfast-eat-film-screen.

Marathoners raising money with concert

A concert at the Grog this weekend will benefit Brigham and Women’s Hospital on behalf of two local Boston Marathon runners.

Brittany Hill, a Byfield native, and Kristen Foote of Ipswich are both employees in the Boston hospital’s Center for Clinical Investigation and are running for Team Brigham on April 21. They are each committed to raising at least $6,500 for the hospital’s Life Giving Breakthroughs campaign.

“The Three Hour Tour” on Saturday night features Animals and Shapes, Maganahan’s Revival, and Casey Herlihy. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music runs from 8 to midnight. The 21-plus show is presented by Fusion Blue Productions of Salisbury and will also include raffles and refreshments.

Admission is a suggested donation of $8. The Grog is located at 13 Middle St., Newburyport.

For more information about Brigham and Women’s campaign, visit http://give.brighamandwomens.org.

Pause Yoga hosting open house

Amesbury’s Pause Yoga is planning a gala weekend to celebrate its official unveiling.

Previously known as People Yoga’s Co-Op, the business changed its name and operational model earlier this month.

On Sunday, the public is invited to attend an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Michael Bernier and Ed Justen will play live music, Webster Saintpreux of Web Wellness will give chair massages, and snacks and drinks will be served. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and enter raffles for products and classes.

Additionally, a private ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. Tonight at 6:30, participants of all yoga levels, ages 10 and older, are welcome to attend the Community Karma Yoga Class and pay by donation.

Pause Yoga is located on the second floor of 36 Main St. For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.pauseyogastudio.com.

‘Couch to 5K’ training in Newburyport

A free beginner camp will help train runners for the Lt. Derek Hines Flag Day 5K race on June 14.

Starting April 12, the nine-week “Couch to 5K” program will meet Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at the Fuller Field track on Low Street in Newburyport. It will be led by Nancy McCarthy and Sue Hines.

“Everyone is welcome, from people who have never run a step before in their lives to seasoned runners who may have become unseasoned,” McCarthy said.

To register, visit www.naturalhighfitness.com or call 978-499-0993.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the Greater Newburyport region:

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

Newburyport: Tuesday, April 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Newburyport City Hall, 60 Pleasant St.; Monday, April 14, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Amesbury: Thursday, April 10, noon to 6 p.m., Holy Family Parish Hall, 9 Sparhawk St. Sponsored by the Amesbury Lions Club.

Seabrook: Monday, April 21, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

Merrimac: Monday, April 21, 2 to 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

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

Anna Jaques hosting Birth Center tours

Expectant parents or people considering starting a family are invited to take free tours of the Birth Center and Neonatology Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The tours will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, through Oct. 1. Visitors will receive information on classes and programs on topics including early pregnancy, prepared childbirth, breast-feeding, prenatal exercise, hypnobirthing, prenatal and postnatal massage, and support for new mothers.

To attend a tour, email birthcenter@ajh.org.

Low-vision support offered in Amesbury

A support group for those with recent or ongoing vision loss meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center.

Whether low vision is a result of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or another condition, group members will learn about the tools available and have the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges.

Guest speakers have come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Simply Foot Care. The group also takes biannual outings.

To sign up, call 978-388-8138.

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