Philadelphia Gets Moving with “Philly Powered”

To any resident of Philadelphia, it would come as no big surprise that the state of public health in the city isn’t exactly the best. The City of Brotherly Love has been ranked pretty poorly in recent years, as far as to be named both the poorest city in America and the fattest. This makes…

As Mayoral Election Looms, Participation Remains Bleak

It’s no secret that the voter turnout rate in the US is abysmal. Even in the 2012 Presidential election, arguably the most important election for Americans, only 55% of registered voters came out to the ballot boxes. If that seems bad, it’s even worse for local elections. There are nearly 1000 polling places that spring up around the…

Anxiety and Athletics

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America, with more than 40 million Americans affected. Despite these high numbers, less than a third receive treatment. Treatment comes with high costs and can be difficult. Fortunately, there are other options: an increasingly recognized correlation between mental and physical health means that one type of…

Campaign Aims to Bring Car-Free Streets to Philadelphia

In late September, Philadelphia collectively began gearing up to prepare for Pope Francis’ historic visit to the City of Brotherly Love. Like a scene from out of some sort of apocalyptic fiction, the streets became deserted. Rather than housing the daily bustle of traffic, the roads became home to security personnel and concrete barricades. One…

Mayor Nutter Declares Papal Visit a Success

History was made on in September, as Pope Francis visited the city of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families Conference, the largest meeting of Catholic families in the world. The event hosted speakers, discussions and workshops at the Philadelphia Convention Center from Sept. 22-25, but the real events began the weekend of the 26th,…

Inaugural RunToWork Philly a Success

As part of an effort to promote healthy living, many cities have begun hosting “Run to Work” days encouraging fit and active commuting. Philadelphia’s first “Run to Work” day took place on September 18th, and it’s got Philadelphians moving. 

Beat Report: Health and Fitness in Philadelphia

Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Beat For the next four months, Ann Rejrat and I will be covering health, fitness, and lifestyle news, focusing primarily on fitness. While many other outlets do cover fitness, they often do only in a limited scope; in relation to sports, lifestyle, or other news, for example. We will be offering…