, Newburyport, MA

January 17, 2014

Health Beat: Military families invited to play in the snow

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m., more than 100 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families will enjoy a night of free snow tubing at Amesbury Sports Park.

The sports park is donating the tickets in support of the Home Base Program’s Adventure Series, which brings veterans and military families together to try a new sport or outdoor activity.

The Home Base Program, sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, helps veterans and families heal from the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, through clinical care, education and research.

For more information, visit

Meet a local food-buying club

More than a decade ago, a group of local mothers got together to purchase high-quality, healthy food and products for their families.

This Sunday, the public is invited to learn about Earth Mama from 4 to 5 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport.

Earth Mama members buy in bulk online from United Natural Foods Inc., and orders are delivered to West Newbury once a month. Items include food, frozen goods, vitamins and cosmetics.

For more information, call 978-462-1308. The session is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and Community Resilience Circles.

Bereavement group meets in Amesbury

An educational and supportive program aimed at helping those dealing with the grieving process is currently underway in Amesbury.

“Beginning the Grief Journey” will meet every Wednesday through Feb. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

The sessions will help participants understand the uniqueness of grief, recognize the myths associated with grief, learn more about the grieving process and develop ways to take care of themselves both emotionally and physically.

Co-sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospice and Amesbury Council on Aging, the free program is also open to residents from surrounding communities. Free transportation is available for Amesbury residents.

For more information or to register, call 978-552-4537.

Pay-by-donation yoga in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury will offer a Community Karma Yoga Class tonight at its new location on the second floor of 36 Main St.

Jennifer Freeman will lead a session called “Slow it Down” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Participants of all yoga levels, ages 10 and older, are welcome to drop in and pay by donation.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit

Group helps those facing addiction

The first meeting of the Freedom From Addictions Chalice Circle will be held tonight at 7 in Newburyport.

The circle is a one-hour, weekly support group meeting for those with addiction and family and friends who are affected. Though it is not a treatment program, it will offer resources and information to help develop a recovery process.

The circle will be led by a facilitator and will include a chalice lighting, readings and discussion. Meetings are free and will take place every Friday at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St.

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

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 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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