Yellow Fever: Remembering a 1793 epidemic

April 2020 … Yellow Fever caused one of the worst epidemics in American history in 1793. In some ways, it can be compared to the coronavirus. But, first let’s learn about the Yellow Fever epidemic.  Award-winning journalist and author Stephen Fried recent provided some details about the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 for East Norriton […] Read More

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Middle schoolers speak to epidemiologist

March 2020 …East Norriton Middle School students recently participated in an online conference call with Dr. Robert Sharrar, a physician trained in infectious diseases and epidemiology, about the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19. During the conference call with East Norriton students, Dr. Sharrar, who describes epidemiology as the study of diseases in a […] Read More

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Find answers to coronavirus questions

March 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks has created a new web page dedicated to helping kids understand the coronavirus and related topics. It’s called “Making Sense of the Virus.” The page will include articles and illustrations created by Healthy NewsWorks student reporters and other kid contributors. It also will contain student-led videos with experts on topics […] Read More

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A message regarding coronavirus

March 2020 … We at Healthy NewsWorks hope that you and your family are safe and well as the spread of a coronavirus brings many changes to all our lives. To counter the virus, factual information is the most critical resource. The messages are often scattered, incomplete, conflicting, abstract. But seeking out and listening to […] Read More

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VIDEO: Hearty Kids Spotlight on exercise

March 2020 … The role of exercise in keeping your heart healthy is explained in a new kid-friendly video produced by Healthy NewsWorks. “A heart-healthy activity is anything that gets you up and moving and off the couch,” Rachel DeHaven, an exercise physiologist with the Healthy Weight Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, tells young […] Read More

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Introducing our 2020 health leaders

March 2020…Protecting waterways, ending gun violence, reducing waste, and finding non-addictive treatments for pain. These are among the ways 10 Philadelphia-area health leaders interviewed recently by Healthy NewsWorks student journalists say they’re working to prepare our communities for a healthier future. Their stories will appear in Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2020—People Who Are […] Read More

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How to make the world healthier

March 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks teachers this year are asking their student health reporters to respond to the following prompt: Describe a way that you can make your community a healthier and safer place to live in the year 2035. What problem would you like to solve? What is your plan? Here are some of […] Read More

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Reporters learn about stopping a virus

March 2020 … As the coronavirus began to spread in the United States early this year, reporters for several Healthy NewsWorks reporting teams worked on articles and posters about ways people can protect themselves and slow the spread of illness. Before schools closed in mid-March, two reporting teams conducted interviews via videoconference with two past […] Read More

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Lessons on kindness from a dog

February 2020…A dog that teaches kindness, brings comfort to people who are ill, and even helps kids learn recently visited with the staffs of two Healthy NewsWorks newspapers. Page, a therapy dog with Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dogs, Inc., visited the Cole Manor Healthy Comet  and the Whitehall Healthy Reporter. Page was accompanied by her […] Read More

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Introducing the Hearty Kids Spotlight series

February 2020…Healthy NewsWorks is excited to announce the Hearty Kids Spotlight series. During the 2019-20 school year, we are working on four videos focused on heart health and healthy behaviors for students in their early elementary school years. The first video is a Hearty Kids Spotlight on Fruits, featuring Amy Deahl-Greenlaw, a registered dietitian nutritionist […] Read More

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