Health

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Residents on a Tight Budget Stay Fed

Germantown: Residents on a Tight Budget Stay Fed

Despite the numerous problems that people face in Germantown, resident Cheryl Bird, along with others, take advantage of the numerous free food programs that the area’s churches and organizations offer. “You cannot starve down here. There’s just no way to starve down here,” she said. Parked outside of Faith Chapel of Philadelphia at the corner […]

 By Jessica Herring and R. Chase Grier

Fairhill: Philabundance Community Food Center Gives Shoppers a Choice

Fairhill: Philabundance Community Food Center Gives Shoppers a Choice

Martha Turpin shuffled in and out of well-stocked grocery aisles, putting food she desired into her shopping basket: chicken broth, cheese crackers and frozen meat. It may sound like Turpin was at a suburban Superfresh, but she was actually grocery shopping at the Philabundance Community Food Center at 601 W. Lehigh Ave. The nonprofit food […]

 By Jessica Herring

Fairhill: Tabernacle Missionary Church Donates Food to Needy

Fairhill: Tabernacle Missionary Church Donates Food to Needy

Loud shouts of jubilation amidst sounds of jangling tambourines reverberated throughout the quiet neighborhood of Fairhill last Saturday afternoon. A group of around 30 churchgoers danced and sang religious tunes on the corner of Cambria and Reece streets as a long line of people queued up with bags and carts in tow. The event is […]

 By Sarah Scarpa

Hunting Park: A Health and Wellness Program for the Community

Hunting Park: A Health and Wellness Program for the Community

The Triumph Baptist Church celebrated the 11th annual Health, Wealth and Wellness Fair on Saturday as  a steady flow of people from local communities stopped by and took advantage of the free tests, screenings and resources being offered. “The fair is meant to serve those who might not be able to afford healthy lifestyles from […]

 By Kimberly Cuenca and Tina DiSerafino

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Kevin Griffin spent many years trying to convince his parents to sell their home and move into The Yorkhouse, a housing facility with luxury-style apartments built for seniors age 55 and older. Griffin said it had become increasingly difficult for him to travel to their home regularly in order to ensure that they had taken […]

 By Derek Dennis and Andrew Lecointe

North Central Philadelphia: Farmers Markets Bring Food and Business

North Central Philadelphia: Farmers Markets Bring Food and Business

When seeing pitched tents and tables covered in fresh fruits and vegetables while strolling through a community chances are that scene is a farmers market — a one stop shop where people can go to get fresh produce usually straight from the farm at some of the lowest prices available. Philadelphia is known for its […]

 By Derek Dennis and Andrew Lecointe

North Central Philadelphia: Fresh Fruits for the Spirit

North Central Philadelphia: Fresh Fruits for the Spirit

This new Temple University program in North Philadelphia literally provides a fresh twist to Temple’s mission of ‘giving back’ to the surrounding community. Launched by Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) this program provides a gut-level service to many located several blocks west of Temple’s main campus. The Fruits for the Spirits farmers […]

 By Matt Surden and Maria Santilli

Fishtown: Breathe In and Breathe Out at The Xhale Lounge

Fishtown: Breathe In and Breathe Out at The Xhale Lounge

Smoking is not something that is widely accepted by many people in public as the smell may be too much for them to handle. But do not fret as the Xhale Smokeshop and Cigar Lounge at 453 E. Girard Ave. welcomes smokers to come on in and have a puff. Brad Helder, the owner, opened […]

 By June Fredericks and Ross Ennis

Cedar Park: Residents Use Local Resources to Stay Active

Cedar Park: Residents Use Local Resources to Stay Active

Exercise is a prominent part of the lives of many residents in the Cedar Park area. With many establishments promoting fitness and health, and recreational parks and centers encouraging healthy practices, many residents have learned to use the resources around them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “One thing that is an advantage in this part […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Asociaciòn Puertorriqueños en Marcha is a non-profit organization that provides critical health, housing, substance abuse and support services for families in North Philadelphia. The organization has worked to transform North Philadelphia by rehabilitating older housing and developing new affordable housing projects for lower-income families. Examples of APM’s work are visible near Fifth and Berks Streets, […]