, Newburyport, MA

September 27, 2013

Health Beat: Walk to support suicide-prevention foundation

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its first Merrimack Valley Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Check-in time is from 9 to 10 a.m., and the walk is from 11 a.m. to noon at Winnekenni Park, 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

These three- to five-mile walks are taking place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds going toward research, education, advocacy, suicide prevention initiatives and programs to support those affected by suicide.

To register or for more information, visit

Amesbury residents complete Swim for Life

Three Amesbury residents recently completed the 26th annual Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla in Provincetown.

Gene Elizabeth Landis and Bruce and Mark Georgian were among the 394 swimmers and more than 100 kayakers who completed the 1.4-mile course and raised an estimated $200,000 for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, Outer Cape Health Services, Provincetown Rescue Squad, Lower Cape Ambulance, Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, the Academy at Provincetown School and the Compact Community Fund.

Landis was among the top 10 fundraisers for the seventh year in a row.

Walk to honor ovarian cancer victim

The Jackie Poor Memorial Walk will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday from Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport.

Held by Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness, the walk honors Poor, who was the sister of one of the organizers, and other women struggling with ovarian cancer.

Individuals or teams may participate in the three-mile walk through downtown Newburyport. Registration costs $20 online at or $25 on the day of the event. Participants are encouraged to wear teal, the official color of ovarian cancer awareness.

Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness was founded in 2011 by volunteers who work in partnership with Ovations for the Cure, a Natick nonprofit, and has raised more than $43,000 for ovarian cancer services and research.

Be part of a ‘thrilling’ experience for charity

A local dance instructor is getting involved in a worldwide effort to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

From Sept. 29 through Oct. 20, free clinics will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio at 908 Salem St., Groveland. Everyone ages 8 and up is welcome to come and learn the “Thriller” dance.

Then, on Oct. 26, anyone who wishes to participate is invited to the Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, where check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Dressing like a zombie is encouraged.

Donations collected on the day of the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and Alzheimer’s disease research.

For more information, visit or

Free yoga and meditation at Newburyport church

Free yoga and meditation classes will be offered Saturdays through Oct. 12 at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Presented by Thoughtful Life Studies and taught by Mary Kay Dyer, the sequence is designed to open each chakra, spreading healing energy through the body. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and blankets. Some yoga experience is helpful but not required.

Yoga classes will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m., followed by meditation from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, email

Blood drives in local communities

A number of blood drives are scheduled in the area over the next several weeks.

Groveland: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2 to 7 p.m., Groveland Congregational Church, UCC, 4 King St. Sponsored by American Legion Post 248.

Salisbury: Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

Amesbury: Friday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Newburyport: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1 to 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low 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.

In October, donors have the opportunity to win a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Get help understanding Alzheimer’s disease

An Alzheimer’s support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the SeaView Retreat, 50 Mansion Drive, Rowley.

Held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the meetings will help primary caregivers, family members and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as offer education resources, guest speakers and peer support.

The group is led by Dawn Edwards and Suzanne Carpentier, who have both received intense training through the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call 978-356-5115 or 978-500-2523.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.


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