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November 29, 2013

Health Beat: Red Cross looking for local heroes

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Nominations are now being accepted for the 12th annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

Hero categories include Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time; Community — a good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community; Youth — a student who demonstrates leadership qualities; Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community; First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty; and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who has acted above the call of duty.

All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or have committed a heroic act in the chapter’s service territory. Communities include Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

To nominate a hero, visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody/heroes. Forms are due by Jan. 17, and the breakfast will be held March 20 in Danvers.

Anna Jaques offers 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, starting Dec. 4. 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.

Yogurt store collecting pantry donations

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Newburyport will start collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for The Salvation Army next week.

Customers who bring in a donation during the week of Dec. 2 will receive 3 free ounces of yogurt with every 8-ounce purchase.

Orange Leaf is located in Market Square. The local effort is part of a campaign by 29 Orange Leaf stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to collect a minimum of 3,000 donations for food pantries in the region.

Low-vision support offered in Amesbury

A support group for those with recent or ongoing vision loss meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center.

Whether low vision is a result of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or another condition, group members will learn about the tools available and have the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges.

Guest speakers have come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Simply Foot Care. The group also takes biannual outings.

To sign up, call 978-388-8138.

Emotions Anonymous meetings held weekly

Emotions Anonymous holds a free meeting every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport.

The 12-step organization is composed of people who come together to work toward recovery from emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief, anger and relationship problems.

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times. For more information, call 978-462-4647 or visit www.emotionsanonymous.org.

Get help understanding Alzheimer’s

An Alzheimer’s support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the SeaView Retreat, 50 Mansion Drive, Rowley.

Held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the meetings will help primary caregivers, family members and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as offer education resources, guest speakers and peer support.

The group is led by Dawn Edwards and Suzanne Carpentier, who have both received intense training through the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call 978-356-5115 or 978-500-2523.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email arleendamon@gmail.com.

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.

Library offers free exercise classes

Free weekly tai chi is held every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Newburyport Public Library.

No experience is necessary to join the classes, which are led by Kathleen Kondylas. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

To sign up, call 978-465-4428, email jatherton@mvlc.org or visit the second floor of the library.

Learn the art of Zen meditation

Free Zen meditation instruction is offered Monday nights at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The practice sessions meet in the lower meetinghouse at 26 Pleasant St. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is a 6 p.m. orientation session for first-time participants.

The classes are taught by Joyce Haydock, a dharma teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen for more than 22 years.

For more information, call 978-363-5457.

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