, Newburyport, MA

February 22, 2013

Health Beat: Red Cross holding local blood drives

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The American Red Cross will hold two local community blood drives during the next few weeks.

On Monday, a drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend St., Amesbury.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free lunch pack at Cumberland Farms.

On Friday, March 8, the Red Cross will also host a drive from 1 to 6 p.m. at Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury. Donors will receive a coupon for a free hand-crafted Griddle Melt from IHOP.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or log onto

Community yoga tonight in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-op will run a Vinyasa yoga class tonight at 6:30. Pay by donation. The class will run until 7:45 p.m. People’s Yoga Co-op is located at 14 Cedar St., 101, in Amesbury.

Dyslexia info session Wednesday

If you or your child have difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits, dyslexia could be the cause.

New England Dyslexia Solutions is holding a free informational seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 27, that will offer in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. The seminar will begin at 10 a.m. in Amesbury at Boston North Technology Park on Haverhill Road, building A, conference room, 110.

Registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or register online at

Free vein screening

Do you have tired, swollen or painful legs? Register for a free vein screening on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Anna Jaques Hospital Higgins conference room.

The screenings will run from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Atlantic Surgical Associates and Vein Institute specialists will be on hand to give screenings, which will last about 15 minutes. Participants will be examined individually and learn about vascular conditions and treatment options.

Free chronic pain workshop at YWCA

The YWCA Greater Newburyport and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will co-host a chronic pain workshop on Tuesdays, beginning March 12. The free workshop will run through April 16.

The sessions will be held at the YWCA’s 13 Market St. facility from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The workshop is suitable for individuals who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, post-stroke pain, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic neck, shoulder or back pain or any other types of ongoing pain.

Participants will learn how to control pain and deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep. The program will offer tips on eating well, starting an exercise program and increasing one’s energy level.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Contact Connie at 978-465-9922, ext. 27.


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