, Newburyport, MA

November 8, 2013

Health Beat: Treat the troops to Halloween sweets

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Have too much leftover Halloween candy? Through Nov. 15, Newburyport Dental Associates is accepting donations to send to deployed soldiers.

In addition to candy, children are also encouraged to create cards, letters or pictures to send to the troops for the fourth annual Operation Candy Donation. Those who donate will receive a gift card for Anchor Stone Deck Pizza or Chococoa Baking Co.

The dentists will also send along floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste. The office is located at 371/2 Forrester St. For more information, call 978-462-9611 or visit

Last day to vote for Anna Jaques

Voting is open until midnight today for the Pink Glove Dance video contest, and Anna Jaques Hospital is currently in the top five.

The hospital that wins the national competition will receive a $25,000 donation toward the breast cancer charity of its choice. Anna Jaques has chosen Amesbury-based Tough Warrior Princesses, which is a nonprofit committed to educating the public and providing support to local women and their families.

Second- and third-place winners will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

To cast your vote, visit

Author, healer to speak at YWCA

Local throat cancer survivor Denise DeSimone will give a free talk on Monday, Nov. 18, at the YWCA Children’s Center in Newburyport.

Told seven years ago that she had only three months to live, DeSimone used holistic and spiritual healing practices to beat the odds. She believes that by applying the scientific principles of energy to the way we conduct our lives, we are capable of miraculous recovery.

The author of “From Stage IV to Center Stage,” DeSimone is an ordained minister with a background in sound healing, reiki, polarity therapy, reflexology, Shamanism and process therapy.

The talk will start at 6:30 p.m. at 131/2 Pond St. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27, or email

Learn how to shift your mood

A free program on Thursday, Nov. 21, will teach you how to “Choose Your Mood, Change Your Life.”

Newburyport author, speaker and leadership coach Don Arnoudse will give a 90-minute talk and interactive discussion at 7 p.m. in the Newburyport City Hall auditorium, 60 Pleasant St. Refreshments will be served started at 6:30.

Arnoudse is committed to shifting the primary mood of our times from fear to exuberance. He will share stories about the surprising power of mood in all aspects of life.

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. in Amesbury.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. Difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits can all be caused by dyslexia.

The seminar is presented by New England Dyslexia Solutions and will be held in the Boston North Technology Park Building A conference room, 110 Haverhill Road.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or visit to sign up.

Support group for adoptive parents

The Adoptive Parent Support & Education Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

At the Nov. 12 meeting, the documentary “Stuck” will be presented. The film explores the international adoption system through the stories of Tihun from Ethiopia, Nate from Vietnam, and Erickson and Therline from Haiti.

Meetings are free and open to those who have created a family through adoption or are considering adoption, as well as birth parents and anyone who is adopted. The group is hosted by the Center for Child Health & Development and the Greater Newburyport Adoption Group.

Because seating is limited, advance registration is requested. Call 978-518-0264 or visit

Drop-in meditation offered this month

Free meditation sessions are being offered every Monday in November at Newburyport Acupuncture.

Cushions, chairs and instruction will be provided, and the sessions will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at Susan Patten’s office, 172 State St.

Patten has also rescheduled her free talk on acupuncture and Chinese medicine to Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. Tea and refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or for more information, call 978-465-5036 or visit

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

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 or visit the second floor of the library.


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