November 2012…Kids helping kids learn about health. That simple idea lies at the heart of the Healthy NewsWorks student media program, now celebrating its 10th school year. Elementary and middle school students learn the interviewing, researching, writing, and critical-thinking skills they need to report on relevant health issues for their fellow students and communities. Gifts from friends of Healthy NewsWorks have been vital to our efforts to inspire students, train teachers, and build for a vibrant future.
Just in the past year, our student journalists have reported on topics as diverse as dental health, hunger, and Alzheimer’s disease, often at news conferences with some of the region’s top health experts and organizations; written and illustrated a book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities, focusing on health leaders who are giving back to the community; and produced health-focused school newspapers that reached 6,000 students and their families.
You can feel the joy, self-confidence, and intellectual growth these students experience when they realize what they can accomplish by asking good questions and delivering the answers to their peers, teachers, and communities.
Please consider joining Healthy NewsWorks in this effort. Together, we can transform the health of our communities.