, Newburyport, MA

March 22, 2013

Health Beat: Red Cross blood drive Sunday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St., Salisbury.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. In celebration of Red Cross Month, donors will receive a coupon for a griddle melt from IHOP.

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

Silent auction for Leukemia Society

The Newburyport High School Interact Club will host a silent auction to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society tonight.

The auction will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport High School Library and is open to the public. All of the proceeds will go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund research, and to provide financial assistance for patients and their families towards medical expenses. The evening will offer a variety of different raffles, as well as many items for auction from local Newburyport businesses and the Newburyport High School National Art Honors Society. There will be refreshments and live music.

To make an online contribution, visit

Banks collecting for Our Neighbors’ Table

Ten local banks and credit unions are teaming up this month to take food donations for Our Neighbors’ Table.

Donations of non-perishable food items for the Amesbury food pantry are being collected at: Bank of America (Newburyport), Citizens Bank (Stop & Shop, Amesbury), Eastern Bank (Newburyport), Institution for Savings (Newburyport), Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank (Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury), The Provident Bank (Amesbury, Newburyport), RTN Federal Credit Union (Amesbury), Sovereign Bank (Newburyport), St. Jean’s Credit Union (Newburyport) and TD Bank (Amesbury, Newburyport).

Encore session starting at YWCA

The YWCA Greater Newburyport is accepting applications for the next session of its program, Encore (After breast cancer).

YWCA Encore is designed specifically for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives. This free program incorporates gentle land/warm water exercises and relaxation techniques that target areas that have been affected by breast cancer surgery and treatment.

Participants can also attend a support group, which provides an opportunity to share experiences and information in a safe and supportive environment.

The session will meet on Wednesdays from April 24 to July 10 at 5:15 p.m. for land exercises followed by warm water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m. Support group sessions are held once a month.

Registration is required. Applications are available at or at the YWCA Membership Desk, 13 Market St., Newburyport. For more information, contact Connie at 978-465-9922, ext. 27. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per session.

PVD lecture at Anna Jaques

A free community lecture on peripheral vascular disease (PVD) will be held on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

PVD is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. It may involve disease in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart and diseases of the lymph vessels — the arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels. Symptoms of PVD include leg numbness or weakness, and coldness in the lower leg or foot. Vascular Lab Derek Butler, RN, will discuss the risks, effects and treatments of PVD.

For more information on the lecture, call the Anna Jaques vascular lab at 978-463-1372.

Free health lecture and cooking demonstration

Anna Jaques Hospital and Commonwealth Newburyport Cancer Center will host a health lecture and cooking demonstration on Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The free seminar and demonstration will be led by local holistic health counselor Tanya Tzitzon. She will give a brief overview of basic foods, such as fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy good quality fats, legumes, quality proteins and herbs and spices that should be incorporated into a diet.

Based on scientific research from author and neuroscience researcher David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, Tanya will prepare and sample a healthy recipe that can be made easily at home.

To secure a seat, call 978-463-1185.

Free yoga classes with donation

Anne Rundle, the owner of Merrimac’s new yoga studio, Asteya Yoga, is giving back to the community as she teaches.

Asteya Yoga promotes affordable classes, and on the last Saturday of the month, in lieu of paying for classes, participants may make a donation to the charity of the month.

On March 30, the studio will be collecting donations for the Our Neighbors’ Table food pantry during the 7 a.m. Power Yoga and 8:30 a.m. Gentle flow Yoga sessions. On April 27, classes will be free with a donation to the Fresh Air Fund; on May 25, the recipient will be Opportunity Works in Newburyport.

Asteya Yoga is located at 9 School St., Merrimac.

Dyslexia seminar set for next month

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 Thursday, April 4 , that will offer in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. The seminar will begin at 1 p.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

Make Way for Molly fundraiser May 18

The fifth annual Make Way for Molly Pan Massachusetts Challenge fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffles will be held Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport. This is the seventh year the Make Way for Molly team has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge and the fourth year the Barlow family of Newburyport’s niece, Molly Callahan, has been cancer free. Callahan, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, will be graduating from high school this year and will be going on to college to study nursing, hoping to someday work on the same floor at Children’s Hospital in Boston where she herself was treated.

All the money raised by the Make Way for Molly team is given to a pediatric fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to assist children afflicted with cancer and their families.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 for adults. They are available in advance or at the door. For more, email or call 978-465-6928.


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