Health

 By Elliot Griffin and Eric Donnelly

Oak Lane: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop

Oak Lane: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop

Assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is a far cry from running a small business focused on organic tea. Howard James, the owner and operator of Tea Country, saw an opportunity to make the leap from corporate America to small business proprietor. After an MBA project at Eastern University steered him […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Farming in the City

Germantown: Farming in the City

  Only a few years ago, 215 E. Penn St. was an abandoned lot, overrun by 15-foot bushes and weeds. Now it’s a half-acre farm in the city. The Germantown Kitchen Garden practices local agriculture, supplying fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to the Germantown community. Amanda Staples, 31, and her husband Matt McFarland, 32, bought […]

 By June Fredericks and Ross Ennis

Cedar Park: Local Studio Promotes Wellness in the Community

Cedar Park: Local Studio Promotes Wellness in the Community

On any given day in West Philadelphia, residents travel through the neighborhood via various public trolleys, all of which run past a variety of gift boutiques, organic eateries, bookstores and art and culture centers in the area. Studio 34, named after the 34 trolley that runs along Baltimore Avenue, has served as a healing, yoga […]

 By Chelsea Wilbur

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

The old adage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is evident at The Body Rock Boot Camp and Executive Training Gym in Powelton Village on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street. It’s easy to walk by this workout locale without noticing due to its plain exterior, surrounded by empty stores and vacant apartments. But […]

 By Elliot Griffin

Chestnut Hill: Acupuncture Reaches a Wider Audience

The National Health Interview Survey  estimates that 3.1 million Americans use acupuncture every year. This 4,000-year-old Chinese medicine practice is thriving in Chestnut HIll. Acupuncturist Sharon Sharon Sherman founded Empirical Point and has practiced in the Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Center City for over 10 years. For more information on Sherman or Empirical Point […]

 By Andrew Lecointe

West Philadelphia: Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk

West Philadelphia: Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk

  While some people spent Memorial Day weekend at the shore or doing household chores others came out to help raise money for medical research on ovarian cancer through a 5K walk. It was the 7th Annual event for the Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Over 2,000 participants and supporters were in attendance, most […]

 By Alyssa White

Powelton Village: Chic Afrique All Natural Body Butter

Powelton Village: Chic Afrique All Natural Body Butter

Women around the world are always conscious about their physical appearance. In order to maintain physical attractiveness women use skin creams, face washes and even medical procedures. Victoria Onwuchekwa, a native of Nigeria, has developed a way to serve the beauty needs of women using natural ingredients from Africa and Central America. Her product line, […]

 By Loren Golden and Amanda Harvey

Southwest Philadelphia: Having Fun at Any Age

Southwest Philadelphia: Having Fun at Any Age

Located at 6916-23 Elmwood Ave., the Southwest Senior Center acts as a hang out for individuals 60 years old and up. With a general membership for only $15 per year seniors are entitled to all the amenities the Southwest Senior Center has to offer, including pottery, ceramics, painting, line dancing, game room, art gallery, bible study […]

 By June Fredericks

West Philadelphia: Local Youth Celebrate Healthy Eating and Wellness

West Philadelphia: Local Youth Celebrate Healthy Eating and Wellness

On Saturday, May 21, families, nutritionists and local residents gathered in Woodland Presbyterian Church, located at 401 S. 42nd St., for the third annual Eats and Beats fundraiser, a benefit dinner celebrating the efforts of local students who strive to improve the health and wellness of West Philadelphia. The event, which took place from 5:30 […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Keeping Health a High Priority

Queen Village: Keeping Health a High Priority

Since its opening in 1969 Essene Market & Café, located at 719 S. Fourth St., has been providing the surrounding neighborhood with the some of the healthiest and most wholesome food around. Not only does Essene support organic and local farmers, it actually has the largest selection of organically grown produce and natural foods in […]