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May 2, 2014

Health Beat: Yard sale to benefit American Diabetes Association

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A local team of athletes is holding its second annual Tour de Cure yard sale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 20 Oakland St., Newburyport.

The members of Seacoast Synergy are riding in the American Diabetes Association’s North Shore Tour de Cure on Sunday, May 18, in Topsfield.

Last year’s yard sale raised more than $7,000 for the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to stop diabetes. In addition to the sale, there will also be raffles, silent auctions, and complimentary coffee and baked goods.

The North Shore Tour de Cure includes 15-, 31-, 62- and 100-mile routes. To register or for more information, visit www.diabetes.org/nsmedia or call 617-482-4580, ext. 3487.

Seacoast Synergy, based in Newburyport, trains and participates in events ranging from charity rides to Half Ironman triathlons. For more information on the group, call team captain Deb Mandile at 617-435-9128.

Local dentists offer free care for seniors

Free dental care will be offered to senior citizens at three local dentistry practices tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted by Dr. Robin Davies of Parker River Dental, “Giving Back to the Community Day” will also include Drs. David Reczek and Brendon Chiou of Newburyport Family Dental and Dr. Shradha Sharma of Georgetown Family Dentistry.

Davies began the “Giving Back” program in 2011 and provides free dental services twice a year at her office at 3 Kent Way, Byfield, to seniors who have no dental insurance or cannot afford dental care.

Reczek, Chiou and staff will provide free dental service at 1 Inn St., Newburyport, and Sharma and staff will provide free dental service at 37 E. Main St., Georgetown. Each practice will offer an oral exam, cleaning, digital X-rays and more.

The Newbury, Newburyport and Georgetown councils on aging all have registration forms available. For more information, call Parker River Dental at 978-255-1891, Newburyport Family Dental at 978-462-2530 or Georgetown Family Dentistry at 978-352-8400.

Walk aims to stamp out hunger

A number of locals will be among the 40,000-plus walkers taking part in Sunday’s 46th annual Walk for Hunger in Boston.

More than 160 residents of the Greater Newburyport area took part in last year’s walk and raised more than $20,000 for Project Bread, a statewide anti-hunger organization.

Project Bread helps fund three programs in the region: Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury, The Pettengill House in Salisbury and The Salvation Army.

The 20-mile walk begins and ends at the Boston Common and includes entertainment and water stops. There is no fundraising minimum, and registration is still open at www.projectbread.org/walk.

For more information, call 617-723-5000.

Bake sale to raise money for hospital

The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association is hosting its annual Spring Bake Sale on Thursday.

Spring flowers, plants and wreaths, baked goods, and cookbooks will be available. The sale will take place in the hospital atrium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

All proceeds benefit patient care at the Newburyport hospital, located at 25 Highland Ave.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the Greater Newburyport region:

Amesbury: Monday, May 5, 2 to 7 p.m., All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend St.; Wednesday, May 21, 2 to 7 p.m., Sparhawk Theatre and Centre for the Arts, 196 Main St.

Salisbury: Friday, May 16, 2 to 7 p.m., Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury; Sunday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

Seabrook: Monday, May 19, 1 to 6 p.m., Trinity United Church, 29 Main St.

All donors this month have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

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.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

PKD seminar planned for next weekend

An educational seminar on polycystic kidney disease will be held Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics include ongoing PKD clinical trials, organ donor allocation, and diet and nutrition for patients. Speakers are from Tufts Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the PKD Foundation.

The seminar is designed for PKD patients, caregivers and families and is hosted by the New England Chapter of the PKD Foundation. It will be held at New England Organ Bank, 60 First Ave., Waltham.

Registration is required, with a fee of $8 per person or $15 per family. Email newenglandchapter@pkdcure.org.

Anna Jaques hosting Birth Center tours

Expectant parents or people considering starting a family are invited to take free tours of the Birth Center and Neonatology Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The tours will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, through Oct. 1. Visitors will receive information on classes and programs on topics including early pregnancy, prepared childbirth, breast-feeding, prenatal exercise, hypnobirthing, prenatal and postnatal massage, and support for new mothers.

To attend a tour, email birthcenter@ajh.org.

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