April 30, 1989 |
When it came time for the teachers and guest speakers at Haddonfield Memorial High School to explain the concept of wellness to students at a seminar on April 19, something could have gotten lost in the translation. Early in the conference, this student definition of wellness was offered: "It's being aware of what's going on," said Mike Eckman, 15, a freshman. OK. "It's knowing what you're doing," he continued. Anything else, Mike? "The picture I'm getting," he said, pausing.
November 18, 2002 |
The best advertisement for Faatimah Gamble's wellness crusade is staring at you with skin as smooth as velvet and a deeply dimpled smile. At 57 (and proud to say so), Gamble radiates. And though she dresses in the hijab style, wearing the long, unrestricted clothing indicative of her Islamic faith, her posture and carriage make it clear that this grandmother is flab-free and fit. More proof sits nearby in the inner office of a stately brick building among more than 100 that Universal Homes has restored in South Philadelphia.
May 28, 1996 |
At Christopher Columbus Elementary School, the sign on the auditorium door reads "orchestra," but it's been years since any student learned to play a single note. The closet labeled "instruments" is empty, except for two record players and a small stack of vinyl LPs; spaces designed as dressing rooms collect dust. The "chorus" room has become a classroom. But inside, a volunteer-run, after-school program is taking hold, according to John Alston, director of the Columbus Boys Choir.
December 16, 2007 |
As activities go, it may not rank quite as high as Bingo or the ice cream social, but Pitman Manor's Nintendo Wii gaming system is becoming a close second. The continuing care retirement community in downtown Pitman purchased the system in September at EB Games in Glassboro. This Wii package - for under $300 - features such virtual challenges as bowling, baseball, golf and tennis and has become the buzz around this independent and assisted living community, where the average residents' age is well into the 80s. "I really enjoy the activity," said Wilfred "Wil" Parsels Sr., 92, who hasn't missed a weekly session.
March 13, 2008 |
Six Mount Airy professionals - seeking to serve the nutritional needs of the community - have opened the Black Olive , billed as a health and wellness marketplace. The Black Olive (7122 Germantown Ave., 215-247-5100) was developed for the anonymous benefactors by Carolyn Hines, who practices naturopathic medicine. The shop offers lectures on diet and lifestyle and has a vegan/vegetarian prepared-foods case (apps, mains, desserts), grocery and frozen-food section, and smoothie bar. "I believe in people being educated consumers - not just purchasing off the buzzwords, or if [a product]
November 4, 1991 |
College has always been a perfect example of Newtonian physics: To every academic action there is an equal partying reaction. But in recent years, a lot of that fun, which always involved drinking, has turned to scandal. Area schools have faced serious problems. Temple University had two troubling incidents in September - a reported gang rape, in which the charges were later dismissed, and an alleged acquaintance rape, now awaiting trial. Last year during a drunken pledging party, a Drexel University student fell to his death from a fraternity's fourth-story roof.
February 6, 2016 |
Health-tracking innovations to wear or to work on a smartphone loomed large among the companies that earned a boost in the just-announced second class of the University City Science Center's Digital Health Accelerator. Another growing and costly health concern - prolonging life and wellness for our four-legged friends - also earned recognition and support in the new class of six startups, selected by the UC Science Center from a pool of 69 applicants. Graphwear Technologies is developing the first graphene patch, which tastes the wearer's sweat to measure dehydration, glucose, and lactic acid.
December 4, 2012
IT WAS A curious scene: a school cafeteria full of girls, some wearing headscarves, learning the art of continental dining. They held their forks in their left hands, using the utensils to transfer sautéed brussels sprouts and orange-glazed chicken to their mouths - being careful to hold the tines down European-style. As they practiced, Faatimah Gamble, wife of legendary songwriter/producer Kenny Gamble, kept watch, handing one girl a lime-green folded cloth napkin and instructing another in the proper use of a knife.
March 26, 1997 |
How can businesses keep workers healthier and reduce absenteeism? Employers have been calling the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry with that question, and the chamber plans to provide some answers. "It's an issue coming to the forefront, especially with the new workers'-compensation law," said Holly Stetler, a chamber spokeswoman. The organization will feature Richard Donze, medical director of the occupational health center of Chester County Hospital, at a breakfast program from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 8 at J&J Catering, 880 Springdale Drive, Exton, to talk about promoting wellness at work.
May 28, 2012 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth City Council's consideration of a policy against hiring smokers has stirred strong opinions. Some see a slippery slope toward employment discrimination, while others consider it responsible promotion of workplace wellness. While such a move would be rare for a city, employers everywhere are getting more involved in their employees' lifestyle decisions that affect health, experts say. Companies and some government agencies have crafted policies that range from banning smoking to charging penalties on the health-care benefits of overweight workers.