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January 24, 2014

Health Beat: Free screening of 'Forks Over Knives' in Newburyport

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Yoga Center of Newburyport is hosting a free Documentary Film Night tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

“Forks Over Knives” will be shown. The movie examines the claim that the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The Yoga Center is located at 12 Maple St. For more information, call 978-225-3700 or visit www.newburyportyoga.com.

Upcoming free films include “Love, Reality, and the Time of Transition” on Feb. 22; “The Business of Being Born” on March 15; and “The Yogis of Tibet” on April 19.

Day program for seniors to start

A new program in Amesbury will offer seniors socialization, recreational activities, and nutrition and support services.

The Council on Aging’s Greenleaf Supportive Day Program is designed to allow participants to continue living independently in their homes for as long as possible. It will also provide caregivers with the respite needed to continue working, care for their families and tend to their own well-being.

Daily activities will include coffee, conversation, gentle exercise, stretching, cooking, baking, singalongs, games, crafts and outings. The program will run Monday through Thursday, and participants may sign up for either full-day or half-day sessions.

The full-day program will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., costs $27, and includes lunch and an afternoon snack. The half-day morning program, from 10 a.m. to noon, is $12 and includes lunch. The half-day afternoon program, from noon to 3 p.m., is $15 and includes a snack.

The program is open to all residents of the northern Merrimack Valley, with free transportation available for Amesbury residents.

To register or for more information, call 978-388-8138.

Yoga classes to benefit animals

Anne Rundle, the owner of Asteya Yoga in Merrimac, is giving back to the community as she teaches.

On the last Saturday of the month, in lieu of paying for classes, participants may make a donation to the charity of the month.

During the 7 a.m. Power Yoga, 8:30 a.m. Gentle Flow and 9:30 a.m. Pilates sessions tomorrow, the studio will collect toys, blankets and food for the animals at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.

Asteya Yoga is located at 9 School St. For more information, visit www.asteyayoga.net.

Peer-led support for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.

The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill, and on the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email bernard.c.gallant@gmail.com or mkoplove@gmail.com.

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email elizakwilson@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

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