Port Richmond: Breathing Room Yoga & Wellness Center Makes Yoga Affordable And Welcoming

Port Richmond: Breathing Room Yoga & Wellness Center Makes Yoga Affordable And Welcoming

Breathing Room Yoga & Wellness Center may be located in the heart of Port Richmond, but some may argue that it feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The studio aims to be an escape to serenity, a place to unwind and “find some breathing room,” as their motto says. As […]

 

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Tiffany Murphy, a native of West Philadelphia, fell in love with community organization and civic engagement during her childhood. Years later, she is now the coordinator for the Uhuru Flea Market and the upcoming One Africa, One Nation Uhuru Book Fair Market that institutionalizes and develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of people […]

 

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Young children and their guardians watched as a big blue, red and white volleyball went back and forth over a volleyball net which signified the beginning of another family fit class at the Esperanza Center on 4417 N. 6th St. in Hunting Park. The children and their parents smiled as they began the 90 minute session that […]

 

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

Port Richmond: Neighborhood Native Creates A Community of Fitness

The sound of barbells and plates hitting the ground fills a former auto parts warehouse on Salmon Street in Port Richmond. Inside, Bill Shiffler, his fellow coaches and the members of CrossFit Renaissance gym begin their early morning class. Shiffler, who arrived in the facility just minutes before, caught up with some of the members as […]

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South Philadelphia: Five Wellness-centered Businesses around East Passyunk

South Philadelphia: Five Wellness-centered Businesses around East Passyunk

Keeping up with health and wellness, both physical and mental, is made easy in South Philadelphia with the numerous gyms, wellness centers and organic-geared stores that have begun peppering the bustling neighborhood. Below are five places where visitors can approach health comfortably and at their own pace, whether that means stocking up on gourmet groceries […]

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North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

Christopher Smith is the assistant manager of environmental services at Jefferson University Hospital. In his spare time, Smith educates and trains his fellow community members about nutrition and physical fitness at his Hunger Games Fit Camp throughout neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Smith’s passion for physical fitness can be seen through his active involvement as […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

It beeped repeatedly. Each click on the display offering up another error message. Still slightly hesitant when using the computers, seniors tapped on keyboards at The Older Adult Sunshine Center as they replied to Facebook posts, email and the occasional instant message. “I’m determined,” said Gloria McDowell-Savage. “I’m going to use these new skills to get over […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

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Fitness: UliftU Helps Get Homeless, Unemployed on Their Feet

Fitness: UliftU Helps Get Homeless, Unemployed on Their Feet

If someone is unemployed or homeless, finding the money to belong to a gym can be a challenge. Since time is often devoted toward searching for employment or a place to live, working out and staying healthy is not always a priority. Enter UliftU, a non-profit organization that allows its members to use Crossfit Center City, on Chestnut Street […]

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Kensington : Public School Teacher Helps More Than Youth

Kensington : Public School Teacher Helps More Than Youth

On any given day Steven Reich is looked upon by a classroom full of eight year-olds for guidance in math, reading or writing. At the same time, there are 27,000 adults following Steven on Twitter for guidance on how to get in better shape. The former is because Steven is a third grade teacher at P.H. Sheridan Elementary […]

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