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October 25, 2013

Health Beat:

The fourth annual Mayor’s Haunted Health Fair is set for tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall and Brown Square in Newburyport.

New this year is a Howl-a-ween Pet Parade, which will start at noon. There will also be free flu shots and health screenings, information from health and wellness specialists, face-painting, raffles, a bouncy house, information on pet health and safety and a children’s costume parade.

For more information, call the Health Department at 978-465-4410.

Supporting stomach cancer research

A Merrimac resident is helping kick off Stomach Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the second annual No Stomach for Cancer Walk.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, Gretchen Borzi will walk with friends and family in Merrimac. There are no formal venues or courses for the walk; participants are simply asked to wear NSFC T-shirts and wristbands while they “walk the course” of their day.

Borzi underwent surgery in 2011 to remove her stomach after learning that she carries a genetic mutation that puts her at a very high risk for developing hereditary diffuse gastric cancer.

To register to walk or to donate, visit www.nostomachforcancer.org. Registration is $45, which includes a T-shirt, wristband and stomach cancer awareness information.

No Stomach for Cancer is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting research and empowering families affected by stomach cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the world.

Turkey Trot training available for beginners

Training sessions for the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will be held on Nov. 2, 10, 16 and 24 at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.

Starting at 8 a.m., certified health coach Nancy McCarthy will lead the training, which is designed for beginners.

For more information, call 978-499-0993 or email nancy@getrealfitness.com.

Fair promotes senior health

The Amesbury Council on Aging is hosting a Health Fair today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 68 Elm St.

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