Help us build a healthier future

December 2011… Healthy NewsWorks is in the business of helping elementary and middle school students become health journalists and deliver important public health messages in their communities. We’re active in 12 Philadelphia-area schools this year and the student reporters are excited about topics ranging from local honeybees to school lunches to the health benefits of […] Read More

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Health conference attendees learn about program

November 2011… Healthy eating and exercise were among the health topics students said they learned about through the Healthy NewsWorks program that made a difference to them or someone else, according to an evaluation of the program presented at a recent conference in Philadelphia. The findings, based on surveys of student reporters during spring 2011, […] Read More

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Healthy start to new school year

November 2011… Nearly 200 elementary and middle school students in the Philadelphia area are busy this fall working on stories about community gardening, winter safety, and nutritious snacks for their schools’ healthy newspapers. Twelve schools in Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties had launched their Healthy NewsWorks programs by mid-October. At Marshall Street Elementary School in […] Read More

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Back-to-school update

September 2011… Dear Friends, In just a few weeks, our students will clutch their new reporter’s notebooks and set out to conduct their first interviews of the school year. For most, it will be for the first time. They are often nervous and tentative beforehand, but relish recounting the experience afterwards. “I could not stop […] Read More

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How health and literacy fit together

August 2011… Editor’s note: We were fortunate to have two interns this summer: Emily Eisner, a sophomore at Dartmouth College, and Mimi Owusu, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, Emily shares her reflections.  When the summer started, one of my goals was to understand how Healthy NewsWorks went about achieving its mission. I believed […] Read More

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Hope Partnership to start newspaper

September 2011…Healthy NewsWorks will team up with Hope Partnership for Education during the fall of 2011 to launch a health journalism program at an independent middle school in North Philadelphia and its surrounding community. Hope Partnership works under the mantra “breaking the cycle of poverty through education” and aims to help students in the neighborhood […] Read More

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Gotwals Elementary starts health newspaper

September 2011…Gotwals Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., has become the newest member of the Healthy NewsWorks student media program. Thirty third grade reporters have formed the first staff of the Gotwals Healthy Press under the leadership of their teacher, Ms. Katie Sortino. “You get to go around and ask people why health is important,” said one third grade reporter. Another reporter said, […] Read More

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Medical librarian to focus on health literacy

August 2011…Andrea Kenyon, a trained medical librarian, has joined the Healthy NewsWorks team. She said she hopes to help Healthy NewsWorks develop an electronic library of kid-friendly health information resources. She also will provide literacy training and support for teachers and students. “I hope to empower children by teaching them to locate and use credible […] Read More

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Students tackle many health subjects

August 2011…During the past year, students in 12 schools produced 37 Healthy NewsWorks publications, including three translated into Spanish. Healthy nutritional choices and different ways of exercising were featured in almost every issue. “I learned what to eat and what not to eat,” said one middle school student. Students wrote about why it is important […] Read More

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Cole Manor produces second Spanish language issue

June 2011…The Cole Manor Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., produced its second Spanish language issue this winter. The first Spanish language issue was produced in May 2010. Both issues were translated by Kristin Li, an ESL teacher, for about 100 families in the Cole Manor community with family members whose first language is Spanish. Read More

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