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First Hearty Kids editions are published
January 28, 2018

January 2018 … Two schools participating in Healthy NewsWorks’ Hearty Kids Initiative have published their first special sections geared to kids ages 5 to 7.

In a pilot project this year, junior reporters at St. Martin de Porres and St. Veronica Independence Mission Schools are receiving special lessons about heart health. They are learning about foods and exercises that make their hearts stronger.

For their first issue, they tasted an applesauce recipe and learned that apples are healthy for people’s hearts. Apples are a sweet snack, and they don’t have extra sugar added like soft drinks and cookies. Too much added sugar in a person’s diet can contribute to heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Using information from their special lessons, the junior reporters contributed articles to the “Hearty Kids” sections for young readers of the St. Veronica Healthy Hero and the St. Martin de Porres Healthy Saint

Some classrooms have also collaborated on posters filled with heart facts.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.