Health

 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 […]

 By Keith Collins

Strawberry Mansion: Philly Fights Childhood Obesity

Early in the morning at 28th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue a school crossing guard looked perplexed when asked where the corner store was. The look on her face seemed to ask, “Where isn’t there a corner store?” She pointed across the street. “Right there,” she said. Then she pointed back toward 27th Street. […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Katie Searl hoped to cut back on the use of her car by moving to the city last year. The Francisville resident works across the street from her home–making for an easy vehicle-free commute. She said she’d hardly use her car at all if it weren’t for trips to the grocery store. Like a great […]

 By Melissa Poe

North Philadelphia: A Promising Solution with Holistic Healthcare

North Philadelphia: A Promising Solution with Holistic Healthcare

Residents of Yorktown and surrounding communities got a chance learn about and experience Holistic health practices recently. The Philly Wellness Association and the Saint Malachy School on North 11th Street near Master Street presented a Wellness Fair. This event and its services were free. Association members provided education on Homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, yoga, blood pressure, […]

 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: Watts’ Fitness Studio Keeping Residents Fit

Fairhill: Watts’ Fitness Studio Keeping Residents Fit

Peter Watts’ Fitness Studio is one of the few fitness centers located in Fairhill. This well-equipped facility, located at 2712 N. Fifth Street near Lehigh Avenue, was opened in November 2003 by Watts, a fitness consultant. Before opening this studio, Watts had been teaching classes around the Fairhill area. While teaching he discovered what people needed […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Finding Food

Francisville: Finding Food

The CVS Pharmacy at Broad Street and Girard Avenue in Francisville is rarely empty. Dozens of customers stream in and out during the business day. Some walk out toting the usual – soaps, first aid items or paper products, and some exit carrying large bags filled with groceries. Aaron Dilliplane, who has been living in […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

In April 2006, a center unlike any other opened at 4842 Ridge Ave., close to Manayunk and East Falls. The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center provides tennis training and classes to all of Philadelphia, along with the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey. The center uses tennis to help kids ages 4 to 18 maintain […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

For many individuals living in the city, biking is more than just exercise or a convenient way around town—it is a lifestyle. Thusly, it is important that there are shops around town that cater accordingly to these individuals. This is where Bryan VanArsdale stepped in. Realizing that there was a huge market and need for […]