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Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

We envision a healthy and active Philadelphia – a city where healthy eating and active living are easy choices for all residents.

We work with community-based organizations, health care providers, private employers, academic institutions, and government agencies to create healthier environments throughout Philadelphia.


Community Food Access and Affordability
Bringing fresh, healthy and affordable foods to low-income neighborhoods.

Active Living in Communities
Making neighborhoods safer with increased opportunities for physical activity.

School Programs
Working with schools to improve standards and reduce available junk food.

After-School Programs
Creating healthier environments in school and after-school settings.

Citywide Nutrition Standards
Setting new standards and promoting best practices for City agencies.

Media and Policy Environments
Educating the public about unhealthy behaviors and chronic disease.

Our 5-Year Chronic Disease Goals
  • Reduce adult obesity from 35% to 30%
  • Reduce childhood obesity from 21% to 17%
  • Reduce adult type II diabetes from 13% to 11%
  • Reduce heart disease and stroke deaths from 22,800 to 20,500

Our Leadership Team
  • Mayor Michael Nutter
  • Marian Tasco, Councilwoman, City of Philadelphia
  • William R. Hite Jr., School District of Philadelphia
  • David Cohen, Comcast
  • Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross
  • Dr. Larry Kaiser, Temple University
  • Ronnie Bloom, William Penn Foundation
  • Jeffrey Cooper for Amy Gutmann, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ken Trujillo, Trujillo, Rodriguez and Richards, LLC
  • Leslie Best, PA Department of Health
  • Dr. Marla Gold, Drexel University
  • Dr. Donald Schwarz, Health Commissioner, Deputy Mayor, Health and Opportunity

Our Partners

Get Connected!

The Food Fit Philly Coalition brings together healthy eating and active living practitioners, experts and advocates to help build a healthy and active city. For more information on the Food Fit Philly coalition, contact Amanda Wagner at 215-685-5252.