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


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


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


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


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


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


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