Meet the staff behind Healthy NewsWorks

October 2021 … This fall, hundreds of students in the Philadelphia region will learn to distinguish fact from fiction and how to source reliable information. Before long, they will produce trustworthy, health-focused school newspapers filled with their writing and art. Helping them on their journey will be Healthy NewsWorks’ three certified teachers: Mia Blitstein, Sarah […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks has distributed hundreds of copies of its 2021 book

October 2021 … Students, teachers, and schools have received nearly 500 copies of Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2021: Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic.  Copies were mailed and delivered with the start of fall classes. The 10th edition of Healthy NewsWorks’ annual book focuses on how kids, their schools, and the community navigated the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The book is […] Read More

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Channeling your science questions into a YouTube series

Dr. Frederic Bertley is president and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, where he hosts a YouTube series, “Dr. B in 3.” On the show, Dr. Bertley answers answers three questions about pressing topics, such as herd immunity, variants, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Bertley also started a program called […] Read More

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Getting a kick out of Taekwondo

By Mishi, 8th grade | September 2021 … Class starts with our teacher saying “Annyeonghasibnikka.” My brother and I greet her and bow. We start warming up and stretching. After our warm up, we start with some endurance training. Twenty minutes in, my legs are burning and I’m running out of breath. Finally, we bow […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks awarded Quest for Health Equity grant

September 2021…Healthy NewsWorks has been awarded a three-year grant by Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), a Quest Diagnostics initiative that seeks to close gaps in healthcare in underserved communities. The grant is intended to help Healthy NewsWorks deepen its impact in its existing partner schools and expand to more schools and communities in the Philadelphia […] Read More

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How music can help you manage stress

By Whitehall Healthy Reporter staff | September 2021 … During times of stress, music can provide healing powers by reducing stress and anxiety, according to health experts.  Whitehall reporters recently had the opportunity to interview Miss Sophie Fortunato, a professional violinist who shared how music and the arts have helped her manage her own stress.   During […] Read More

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What Merck’s CEO said was the hardest part of doing business during the pandemic

By Nashiya, Joshua, and Desmond, 8th grade | August 2021 … Kenneth Frazier grew up in North Philadelphia and was raised by his father. His mother died when he was 9 years old.  His father told him that it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. It matters what you think of yourself.  His father […] Read More

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Our 2021-22 curriculum is focused on healing

August 2021 … Because of everything our young reporters and their communities have experienced these past 18 months, from the pandemic to social unrest, we have chosen How We Heal: Moving Ahead in Challenging Times as our 2021-22 curriculum theme.  Topics will include empathy, gardening, therapy, mindfulness meditation, and green prescriptions (how spending time in nature can […] Read More

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Kids’ worlds expand with video interview opportunities

August 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks adapted quickly when schools shut down in March 2020, pivoting to helping our students journalists conduct their interviews via video. It helped that we had a head start — we had invested in a digital learning management system a few years ago and had modified our curriculum. Students were able […] Read More

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How a singing cowgirl relaxes

August 2021 … Marinna Mori lives on a ranch in the northeast tip of Nevada in Elko County. Healthy Press reporters recently interviewed her using Google Meet. Marinna told us that she lives on the ranch with her younger brother, Pete, and her parents. Her grandparents live a couple of minutes down the road. She […] Read More

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