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Healthy Eating and Active Living in Schools

In the mid-2000s, Philadelphia Department of Public Health and child health advocates worked with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to put in place one of the most comprehensive school wellness policies in the nation.

Through Get Healthy Philly, we partnered again with SDP and community-based organizations, including The Food Trust and The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, to translate these policies into usual practice.

Our Action Plan
  • Make school foods tastier and healthier through school food reforms.
  • Establish and nurture School Wellness Councils to remove junk foods from school classrooms, stores, and fundraisers and to incorporate physical activity into the school day.
  • Increase moderate to vigorous physical activity among students by enhancing the quality and quantity of physical activity.  

2011-12 Achievements
  • Engaged a nationally renowned school food consultant to identify innovative strategies to bring fresher, healthier foods into schools despite the constraints of federal funding.
  • Analyzed food service and pre-plated menus and procurement practices, conducted taste tests with students, and met with key stakeholders to identify ways to improve school meals.
  • 171 schools formed Wellness Councils that improved the school food and fitness environments through health improvement plans; 100 schools formed youth wellness councils to complement plans.

2011-2012 Annual Report

School District of Philadelphia


Find Out More

For more information, visit Food Fit Phillly or call 311.