10 years of learning through experience at East Norriton

January 2019…One of Vicki Strickland’s favorite memories of working with the Bulldog Bulletin, the health-focused newspaper at East Norriton Middle School, was going with her student reporters to visit an urban farm on the campus of Lankenau Hospital. “Students were fascinated to see the garden, get to pick herbs and vegetables, and then eat some […] Read More

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Celebrating our 2018 successes and a look ahead

A message from the executive director January 2019 … We are grateful almost beyond words for the support Healthy NewsWorks received during 2018 from our schools and the community. Perhaps the giant, colorful card I received recently from 25 fifth graders at one of our schools says it best: “Thank you for teaching me how […] Read More

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The Twisting Dragon comes to Whitehall

December 2018… A visitor to the Whitehall Elementary School library recently might well have come to the conclusion that elementary school children don’t have skeletons. Under the guidance of Aimee Sala, owner of the fitness center Aim High Studio in Fairview Village, the staffers of the Whitehall Healthy Reporter seemed to be able to bend […] Read More

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Presses roll for health newspapers

December 2018… Student reporters at a number of Philadelphia and Norristown schools have been cranking out copy for their first health-focused newspaper issues of the 2018-19 school year—and several teams are well into their second issues. “It’s been a terrific start to the school year,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks, which currently […] Read More

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New lessons for reader classrooms

December 2018 … Healthy NewsWorks is rolling out new lessons to broaden engagement in health learning and nonfiction reading throughout the schools where its health-focused newspapers are published. Developed in tandem with Mia Blitstein, an educational consultant who is also a professional developer at Children’s Literacy Initiative, the lessons are intended to help teachers integrate […] Read More

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Health Hero Challenge: THANK YOU!

November 2018 … Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to announce that Executive Director Marian Uhlman was one of two runners-up in the 2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge. As a result, Healthy NewsWorks will receive a $2,500 donation to support our health-focused student media program in Philadelphia-area schools. The results were announced at a reception […] Read More

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Board adds 2 members, says farewell to another

November 2018…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome two new members to its board and to salute outgoing board member Nancy Erickson. Joining the board are Michelle Davidson, senior vice president for communications and marketing and chief customer experience officer at Health Partners Plans, and Kenny Johnson, community engagement coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. Michelle said […] Read More

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Health Hero voting’s over. Stay tuned!

November 2018 … Voting has ended in the 2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge. A huge shoutout and THANK YOU to all who voted for Healthy NewsWorks Executive Director Marian Uhlman over the past few months! The Health Hero Challenge is sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and Independence Blue Cross to recognize people and organizations […] Read More

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They research. They write. They proofread!

November 2018…When proofs of the Whitehall Healthy Reporter hit their work tables, the newspaper staffers’ first reaction was giddy exhilaration. The second? Getting down to business. With all the intensity of old-fashioned proofreaders (minus the green eyeshades) the students read the stories, word by word. They focused on bylines. They looked closely at the masthead. […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks receives GSK Impact Award

November 2018… Healthy NewsWorks and nine other Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations have been honored with the prestigious Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) Impact Award. The nonprofits were awarded $40,000 each in recognition of their contributions to building a healthier Philadelphia region. The awards, which were presented in partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation, were announced November 15 during a […] Read More

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