Our focus on Healthy Communities in Philadelphia2035 is the result of an exciting new partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which engaged the City Planning Commission to be a part of Get Healthy Philly. This $25.4 million dollar initiative is made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, and involves a number of city agencies and private partners working together for a healthy, active, and smoke-free Philadelphia.
Get Healthy Philly efforts focus on schools and after-school settings, workplaces, community food sources, the built environment, and the city’s messaging and policy contexts. The ultimate goal is to improve weight-related outcomes, including population-wide and population-specific overweight/obesity prevalence and incidence.
The Get Healthy Philly team includes several city agencies and a number of key non-governmental partners, all of whom work together to make healthy choices the default in Philadelphia, making it America’s most nutrition-conscious and active city: where people shop for fresh, healthy foods in their neighborhood farmers’ markets and corner stores; walk and bike on their daily commutes or get off the bus 3 stops early to walk the last few blocks; where children are provided nourishing and appetizing school meals and where they do not have to sell candy to raise money for school trips; where employers offer healthy vending options, onsite gyms and accessible stairwells; where breastfeeding is the norm and sugary drinks are priced to reflect their health-related costs to society. This vision is becoming a reality in Philadelphia through Get Healthy Philly.
Planning and zoning address two of Get Healthy Philly’s themes: Making healthy foods more accessible and affordable for Philadelphians; and Promoting physical activity in daily living. To learn more about the other components of Get Healthy Philly, visit www.foodfitphilly.org.