, Newburyport, MA

May 24, 2013

Health Beat: PMC Kids Ride to raise money for cancer research

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — More than 100 children are expected to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Greater Newburyport Kids Ride on Sunday, June 23.

Children ages 4 to 13 will ride 2.2 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail, and kids ages 2 to 3 will ride on an obstacle course at Cashman Park.

A party after the ride will feature a disc jockey, face-painting, bike decorating, light refreshments and a visit from the Mix 104.1 ice cream truck.

The goal is to raise $10,000 for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The ride will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is $15, and there is a $25 fundraising minimum. To register, visit For more information, call 978-809-1241 or 800-WE-CYCLE.

Free yoga classes on the Newburyport waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday, starting today, through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Roots to Wings is also offering classes at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow, and beach yoga on Sunday mornings on the Newbury side of Plum Island.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email or visit

Screening seniors for signs of depression

The Amesbury Senior Center is taking part in the Feel Good Bingo program and will offer screenings on Thursday, June 20, at 10:15 a.m.

The program, created by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health Inc., aims to engage senior citizens in the prevention and early detection of depression.

Depression affects an estimated 7 million of the nation’s 39 million adults age 65 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Senior Center is located at 68 Elm St. For more information, call 978-388-8138.

Fitness programs help both runners and beginners

Both a 12-week training camp for the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and the Green Stride Newburyport Half Marathon and an eight-week boot camp will be offered in Newburyport this summer.

The boot camp, which starts June 25, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. at Cashman Park. It includes strength and cardio conditioning for adults of all fitness levels.

The training camp features strength training, stretches and progressive long runs, as well as nutritional, orthopedic and other fitness-related lectures. Beginning July 27, it will be held every Saturday at 8 a.m. at Natural High Fitness Club at the Tannery.

To sign up for either camp, contact Nancy McCarthy at 978-884-5981 or

Spin on waterfront for a good cause

Take a spinning class and help out the Jimmy Fund at the Waterfront Spin-a-thon in Newburyport on Saturday, June 1.

Hosted by Team Paul & Eve, the event will feature six classes, 25 bikes and a live disc jockey from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pan-Mass Challenge team is named for two survivors of pediatric cancer and has raised more than $120,000 for research since 2007.

All donations are tax-deductible. To sign up, visit

Fun Run to help marathon victims

A 2.62-mile Charity Fun Run has been planned in Newburyport to support victims of the Boston Marathon.

Starting at Cashman Park on Sally Snyder Way on Sunday, June 2, at 10 a.m., the run will benefit The One Fund Boston.

The event, planned by a group of local mothers in partnership with The Winner’s Circle Running Club, will feature food, music, entertainment and raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

For more information, visit or

Donate blood in Salisbury on Sunday

A blood drive will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St., Salisbury.

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for Sullivan Tire and Auto Repair and can enter a drawing for two Red Sox tickets.

To make an appointment, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Talk on alternative approaches to ADHD

A free talk on “Effective Drug-Free and Evidence-Based Approaches to ADHD” will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in West Newbury.

Neurotherapist and author Rebecca Shafir, an expert on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, will present.

Registration is required. Call 978-255-1817.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-Op will hold the following community karma yoga sessions this month. The classes run each Friday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. They are open to the public for all levels and pay-by-donation.

Tonight, Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Kristin Sauve, and May 31, Yoga for Everyone with Marie Zappala-Stewart.


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