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October 5, 2012

Health Beat: Asperger's support group meets Monday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — There will be a meeting of the Asperger Syndrome Support Group on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport. A general discussion is planned.

The support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or related challenges. The meetings are free, open to the public, and serve families from all neighboring communities.

The group is sponsored by the Asperger’s Association of New England.

Chronic health management

workshop in Newburyport

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.

Sylvan Street Grille employees hold fundraiser Thursday

The staff at Sylvan Street Grille will host a fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Salisbury restaurant to raise money for the infant daughter of their colleagues who was born with a severe case of Treacher-Collins Syndrome.

Cassidy Nicholas, the daughter of longtime Sylvan Street Grille employees Eva and Jeremy Nicholas, was born on Aug. 5, seven weeks early. The child will need around-the-clock care and numerous surgeries to treat the effects of the genetic disorder.

The Sylvan Street Grille employees are hosting the fundraiser from 5 p.m. until the restaurant closes. Every employee working has volunteered to donate 100 percent of their tips to the family, and owner Ernie Tremblay has offered to donate a portion of the night’s sales.

The evening will also include a silent auction and entertainment.

Dr. Dan discusses

the endocrine system

Dr. Dan Eyink will hold a free lecture for the community on Monday, Oct. 15 to discuss the endocrine system, and specifically hormonal balance for females from their teen years through menopause.

The talk will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Dan’s Natural Healing Center, 171 High St., Newburyport. Hypothyroidism, adrenal imbalance, PMS, and peri-menopause are among the topics to be discussed.

To register for the talk, call 978-462-0023 or email info@drdansnaturalhealing.com.

Volunteers needed

to work with homeless kids

Did you know that 1 in every 50 children in the US will go to sleep without a home this year? Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters. A commitment of just 2 hours a week will make a significant difference in the lives of these children.

A training session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peabody library’s west branch. Call 978-557-2182 or at northeast@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org for more information and an application, or go online to www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org.

Blood drives coming up

The American Red Cross will hold two local blood drives this month.

Drives will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Newbury Town Library from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St., Salisbury.

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto redcrossblood.org.

Stress release techniques program in Newbury

Newbury Town Library will offer a free program on stress release techniques on Saturday, Oct. 13 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.

Bereavement Group meets in Amesbury

The Amesbury Council on Aging and Beacon Hospice are jointly hosting a bereavement group on Thursday evenings at 5:30 at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Healing from Loss is for individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is through the process of sharing in a confidential environment that healing is fostered.

Registration is required. Call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 for additional information and to register. The group is free.

Overeaters Anonymous groups meet locally

Overeaters Anonymous now meets weekly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport. The meetings run from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.

Overeaters Anonymous also holds weekly sessions in Amesbury. On Tuesdays, from 3:45 to 4:50 p.m., meetings are held in the Carriage Room of the Amesbury Health Center on Highland Street. It is the first door on left after entering.

A 12-step program of recovery, OA is meant to assist people with food disorders and food addictions. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. To learn more about OA, visit www.oaambi.org.

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