Students interview a Revolutionary health leader’s biographer

May 2019… Student reporters from four Healthy NewsWorks schools recently interviewed the author of a new biography of Benjamin Rush, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a health leader during the Revolutionary era in Philadelphia. Stephen Fried, author of Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a […] Read More


Letters to leaders: ‘I want to help people who need help’

May 2019… The stories of health leaders featured in the Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities book series are read throughout the school year in Healthy NewsWorks schools and used as a springboard for student writing. The letters below are among those written by students who recently read the 2018 book. Our ninth book, Leading […] Read More


Healthy NewsWorks honored for media literacy work

May 2019… Generocity, a Philadelphia-based social impact news and events group, recently cited Healthy NewsWorks and two other organizations for helping young people become more knowledgable and thoughtful consumers of news and information. As part of Media Literacy Month, Generocity highlighted Healthy NewsWorks, Big Picture Alliance, and Hopeworks as groups that are empowering the young […] Read More


Sign up today for our book launch

March 2019 … You’re invited to a book-launch celebration and fundraiser marking publication of Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2019, the eighth book in a series by elementary and middle school journalists engaged in the Healthy NewsWorks program. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Merion Tribute […] Read More


Introducing our 2019 health leaders

March 2019 … Finding the connections among people, birds, trees, gardens, and parks are among the ways 10 Philadelphia-area health leaders say they’re working to make our communities healthier and safer. Their stories will appear in Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2019, the eighth book in a series written and illustrated by elementary and […] Read More


Eileen Ruby joins Healthy NewsWorks board

March 2019…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Eileen G. Ruby as a new member of its board. Eileen is a private investor and advisor who formerly worked as a Wall Street investment banker for 25 years. Her career began at J.P. Morgan, where she specialized in client relationships and highly structured financings, then continued at […] Read More


Learning what helps keep hearts healthy

March 2019…Kindergartners at Whitehall Elementary School in Norristown recently learned that exercise is healthy for their hearts. Amy Deahl-Greenlaw, a registered dietitian nutritionist who works with Healthy NewsWorks, read the book Get Up and Go! with the students and taught them how to play the game “Stick Figure Moves.” “We thought it was fun,” Janet […] Read More


A transatlantic interview for AMY Northwest reporters

Editor’s note: This article is written by Dana Duncombe, a Healthy NewsWorks alumna. February 2019…Student journalists from AMY Northwest Middle School in Philadelphia recently conducted a transatlantic interview with their eighth grade counterparts at Collège Carnot in Lille, France, where I currently currently work as an English language teaching assistant. After weeks of preparation and […] Read More


Eat RED for Heart Month

Amy Deahl-Greenlaw, a registered dietition nutritionist and adjunct faculty member for Healthy NewsWorks, shares heart-healthy insights and recipes. February 2019…February is American Heart Month and a good time to check in on how to take good care of your heart. It’s important, because heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and […] Read More


‘Bugs are cool,’ student reporters learn

February 2019…When Franklin Institute Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das bounced into a room at Philadelphia’s renowned science museum, a team of William Cramp Elementary School student reporters could see they were in for a fun interview. She had the same boundless exuberance that fifth graders exhibit on the verge of something exciting. Cramp’s journalists had […] Read More