Chronic diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—are the leading causes of death among people in Philadelphia and in the U.S. They are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health supports programs that:
- prevent and delay chronic disease
- reduce risk factors
- promote wellness in children and adults
- provide positive, sustainable health change in communities
We work closely with healthcare providers and the public to promote healthy behavior and lifestyles that help to reduce preventable diseases. Our initiatives include:
Find out more about what we are doing to prevent and delay chronic disease, reduce risk factors, and promote wellness in children and adults.
Did you know that people trying to quit have more success when they get support? Find out more about free quit smoking programs in Philadelphia.
Higher cigarette prices keep people from starting to smoke, motivate people to quit smoking, and reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers. Find out more.
The Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law protects Philadelphians from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke by making virtually all workplaces in the city smoke-free. The law is enforced by Environmental Health Services.
The Philadelphia Code requires retailers to obtain permits for the sale of any type of tobacco product. This permit allows us to monitor tobacco retailers and ensure they comply with applicable laws. Find out more.
Philadelphia's menu labeling law requires chain restaurants and retail food establishments with more than 15 locations nationwide to post nutrition information for the food and drinks they sell. The law is enforced by Environmental Health Services.
Trans fats are among the most unhealthy foods we can eat. Most Philadelphia restaurants, caterers, mobile-food vending units and other food service establishments are prohibited by law from using artificial trans fats.
Get Healthy Philly (Department of Public Health)
Food Fit Philly (Department of Public Health)
SmokeFree Philly (Department of Public Health)
Chronic Disease Prevention (CDC)
Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health (CDC)