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Marian Uhlman is a Health Hero finalist!
November 1, 2018

November 2018 … Healthy NewsWorks is excited to announce that Executive Director Marian Uhlman is one of three finalists for the 2018 Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge.


You can vote once a day through November 15 to help make it possible for Healthy NewsWorks to receive a $10,000 donation! Please share the voting link with your friends and colleagues and urge them to vote too.

‘A health hero’s hero’
The idea for the nomination originated with Andrea Knox and Sue Warner, two of Marian’s longtime friends and former colleagues at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“A year ago, when I got an email asking me to vote for someone else as a Health Hero nominee, I immediately thought of Marian,” Sue said recently. “She is passionate and hard working, as anyone nominated for this award would be. What sets her apart is her creative, many-layered approach.”

Marian cofounded Healthy NewsWorks in 2003 with a second-grade teacher and since 2006 has led its expansion to more than 30 elementary and middle schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Through the program, student reporters learn journalism fundamentals in such areas as research, interviewing, distinguishing fact from opinion, and writing clearly. Then they encourage healthful living by producing accurate and relevant health publications and other types of media for their fellow students, families, and the wider school community.

“The program itself is geared toward health, but also builds critical writing, communication, and news literacy skills,” Sue said. “The organizational model also cuts across lines, leveraging the talents of hundreds of teachers, volunteers, and leading local and national health experts, making Marian a health hero’s hero.”

Vote. Share. Repeat.
Voting for the Health Hero Challenge is a fun way of showing your support for Healthy NewsWorks and expanding the circle of people who know about our program and would like to know more about it.

Here’s how you can help:

VOTE NOW for Marian Uhlman.
• Tell your friends and colleagues about the challenge.
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VOTE AGAIN—Once a day from now through November 15!

Health Hero Challenge prizes
The Health Hero Challenge is sponsored by Philadelphia magazine and Independence Blue Cross to recognize people and organizations that encourage others to participate in a healthy and active lifestyle.

The finalists were announced November 1. The sponsors will announce the voting results in late November and will donate $10,000 to a charity designated by the grand prize winner and $2,500 each to charities designated by the two runners-up.

To learn more about the awards and the prizes, visit the Health Hero website.

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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.