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May 16, 2014

Health Beat: Workshop aims to improve balance, prevent falls

Applications are being accepted now for Session 13 of the YWCA’s free Encore Program.

Designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives, the session will meet on Tuesdays from May 20 through Aug. 5.

Participants will do land exercises at 12:15 p.m., followed by warm-water pool exercises. The program also includes relaxation techniques and peer group support.

To apply, visit the YWCA membership desk at 13 Market St., Newburyport, or download an application online at www.ywcanewburyport.org. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per session.

For more information, call 978-465-9922, ext. 13.

For those who have already participated in Encore, the Y is also offering an After Encore program on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:35 p.m.

Strut for Strays fundraiser on Sunday

Get ready to Strut for Strays on Sunday in Newbury.

An annual fundraiser for the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, the event features a 5K walk; a 7K road race; and a family festival with food, games, entertainment and vendors.

Activities run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Upper Green on High Road, with the walk starting at noon and the race at 12:30.

All proceeds will benefit cats and kittens in needs. For more information, visit www.mrfrs.org.

Drawing attention to a genetic disorder

For the third year in a row, May has been named Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Month in Massachusetts, thanks to the efforts of a Newburyport woman.

Diana Cleaveland, who was diagnosed in 2010, has made it her mission to raise awareness of the genetic condition.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of incurable disorders that affect connective tissues in the body, according to the National Institutes for Health. Approximately 1 in 5,000 people is born with one of the six major types of EDS.

Cleaveland is part of the Ehlers-Danlos New England/MA Support Group, which has more than 500 members.

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