Special issue for Black History Month

February 2012…The Healthy Bulletin newspaper at Marshall Street Elementary School in Norristown, Pa., recently marked Black History Month with a special issue highlighting accomplishments of African Americans in medicine. The stories included an interview with Dr. Calvin Johnson, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He discussed how kids can play a role in […] Read More

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Healthy Comet leaves a bright trail

January 2012…In 2010, Natalie Detwiler volunteered to help with Cole Manor Elementary School’s newspaper, the Healthy Comet, a Healthy NewsWorks program in Norristown Area School District. Two years later, she serves as the newspaper’s editor and faculty advisor after the retirement of the program’s previous director. Although Ms. Detwiler never expected to take on the role […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks welcomes new Advisory Board members

December 2011… Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome three new members to its volunteer Advisory Board and two members to the board’s new Emerging Leaders Program. The new Advisory Board members are: William A. Blagmon Sr., a compensation consultant at GlaxoSmithKline plc who has extensive experience in human resource management, data reporting, and IT systems. […] Read More

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Adventures in learning about health

December 2011…Editor’s note: Greg Klimowicz, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania and an Emerging Leaders member of the Healthy NewsWorks Advisory Board, has helped produce the Healthy Post newspaper at Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia since early 2011. He contributed these thoughts about his experiences. Working with student reporters at Lea, I see […] Read More

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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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