WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Make Sure You’re Staying in Good Health with Free Screenings
Keeping up with your health is challenging, but it’s well-near impossible without access to information on what you need. Of course, you’d have to be at the doctor’s office nonstop if you wanted to identify your risk factors for every possible health problem — but if you are concerned about a specific condition, there are always a number of free screenings available in the Merrimack Valley to help you figure out if you need to change up your wellness routine. In fact, several screenings are available in the “Health in the Valley” and “Local Health Highlights” sections of this week’s Wellness Wednesdays, and we regularly list new screenings all the time. Get informed about your health, and do what you need to do to stay well!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Anna Jaques Hospital to Hold Series of Free Screenings, Educational Opportunities and Groups
Free Vein Screening with Dr. David Swierzewski of Atlantic Vein Institute
For patients interested in an evaluation for:
• Varicose veins
• Spider veins
• Leg pain
• Aching, heaviness, or swelling
The free screening will take place on Monday, April 30 from 2 -4 p.m. at 21 Highland Avenue, Suite A, Newburyport. A limited ultrasound will be performed on your legs by Swierzewski, followed by an opportunity to talk about treatment options. Those interesting in attending should RSVP to (978) 462-8006.
Mako Seminars – Learn if Mako Total Knee, Partial Knee, or Total Hip is right for you
The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery gives orthopedic surgeons a 3D model of each patient, and high-tech precision for joint replacements. Benefits include: smaller incisions and less scarring; less pain; shorter hospital stay for some patients; faster recovery and return to daily activities; more natural knee motion.
Monday, May 21st – Dr. Andrew Banos, Seacoast Orthopedics
Tuesday, June 5th – Dr. Ben Schwartz, Sports Medicine North
Cancer Support Group – Surviving & Thriving
The spring session of Surviving & Thriving welcomes anyone coping with a cancer diagnosis to gain encouragement and friendship from individuals who know what they are going through. The free support group meets the third Monday of every month and is hosted by Susan Smith, LICSW, and Moray Wilson, LICSW.
The support group will take place on Monday, May 21 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 2001, Newburyport (no RSVP necessary, all are welcome).
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Yet Another Reason to Put Your Phone Down: Blue Light Has Link to Cancer
Reducing smartphone usage is a common theme here on Wellness Wednesdays, but not without cause: as the research continues to come in on its effects, we’re finding out they may be at least partially responsible for everything from crippling distraction to serious mental illness in young people. And as the headline implies, here’s yet another reason: according to CNN, the blue light emitted by smartphones might actually increase your risk of certain cancers — with breast and prostate cancer being mentioned specifically. “Blue light is the spectrum that signals the clock in the brain, and it is the spectrum that suppresses melatonin,” Kristen Knutson, a professor of neurology at Northwestern University, told CNN. “Melatonin is a hormone that plays an important role in maintaining the synchronization of the clocks in all our body’s cells. Disruption of these clocks is thought to increase the risk of cancer.”
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
The Lawrence History Center is welcoming athletes of all abilities to its 5th Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk/Roll and Kids Canal Dash in the North Canal district of Lawrence to raise awareness of the History Center in the community, and to promote fitness and economic and cultural development in the city. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com
Come join Sue Parke from 6 to 8 p.m. for a killer workout on the beautiful outdoor grounds of Willow Spring Vineyards… followed by wine! This “Muscles & Merlot” class will be a combination of barre and bootcamp and is designed to target, shape and tone the whole body while increasing musclar endurance and overall physical fitness. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Dermatologists David Gruber from Andover Dermatology and Christine Kannler from Northeast Dermatology Associates will hold free skin cancer screenings at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen from 2 to 4 p.m. To schedule your free screening appointment, please call Holy Family Hospital at 978-687-0156, ext. 2101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
Tendercrop Farm, Newbury
Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
108 High Rd.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14 Main St.
The Farm Market @ Mill No. 5, Lowell
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
250 Jackson St.
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