, Newburyport, MA

October 25, 2013

Health Beat:

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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 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

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.

A number of agencies will provide information and services, including a flu clinic and the Amesbury Lions’ Eye Mobile. Methuen Village will offer a grab-and-go lunch.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Haircuts to help cancer center

A cut-a-thon to support the new Gerrish Breast Cancer Center at Anna Jaques Hospital will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vintage Salon & Day Spa.

All proceeds from haircuts, facials, waxing, manicures and other services will be donated to the center. The salon will also offer refreshments and raffles.

Vintage is located at 26 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley. To book an appointment, call 978-948-7090.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the region:

Amesbury: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.; Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sparhawk Theatre, 196 Main St.

Newburyport: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1 to 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.; Monday, Nov. 25, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Georgetown: Friday, Nov. 8, 2 to 7 p.m., Georgetown Masons, 16 E. Main St.

Salisbury: Friday, Nov. 15, 1 to 6 p.m., Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road

Rowley: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2 to 7 p.m., Rowley Veterans Association, 19 Bradford St.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Learn about benefits of acupuncture

Newburyport Acupuncture is hosting a free talk on acupuncture and Chinese medicine on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Licensed acupuncturist Susan Patten will discuss what an acupuncture session is like and answer questions. Acupuncture is used to treat medical issues including allergies, insomnia, fertility, menopause, headaches, back pain and stress.

The talk will be held at Patten’s office at 172 State St. Tea and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-462-5036 or visit


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