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City of Philadelphia nutrition standards

Call for comments on proposed 2021 revisions to Philadelphia nutrition standards

The Department of Public Health is in the process of revising Philadelphia’s nutrition standards and is soliciting public comments from October 4 to October 25, 2021. Comments will be considered for incorporation into the revised standards.

We are revising two documents that address nutrition standards. The standards are generally the same in both documents, but there are specific elements in each that may not be included in the other.

You will see comment boxes in the margins of both documents noting changes from earlier versions:

  1. Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards: These standards apply to all City departments that purchase, serve, sell or otherwise provide food.
  2. Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education Facilities: These standards are specific to City-funded childcare facilities, and include guidance around infant feeding, breastfeeding/chestfeeding, physical activity, and screen time.

For background information and a summary of the proposed 2021 revisions, see Summary of Proposed 2021 Revisions to Philadelphia Nutrition Standards, posted below.

To provide feedback on the standards, please complete our Nutrition Standards Feedback Form by October 25.

For questions about the documents or this process, email jennifer.aquilante@phila.gov.

Nutrition standards are an evidence-based strategy to align meals and snacks with the latest dietary guidance. They are a model for other large institutions and employers, and send a market signal to suppliers to provide competitively priced healthy food options.

The Department of Public Health has also developed voluntary standards for hospitals interested in offering healthier options to their patients, staff, and visitors. Hospitals can join the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals Initiative. To learn more visit Food Fit Philly or the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program.

 

Name Description Released Format
FOR COMMUNITY REVIEW: Proposed 2021 Revisions to Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards PDF A draft of the Department of Public Health's proposed 2021 revisions to the Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards. September 30, 2021
FOR COMMUNTY REVIEW: Proposed 2021 Revisions to Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education Facilities PDF A draft of the Department of Public Health's proposed 2021 revisions to the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education Facilities. September 30, 2021
Summary of Proposed 2021 Revisions to Philadelphia Nutrition Standards PDF A summary of proposed 2021 revisions to the Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards and the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education Facilities. September 30, 2021
Executive Order No. 4-14: Establishing Nutrition Standards for Food and Beverages Purchased, Prepared, or served by City Agencies PDF A 2014 Executive Order establishing citywide nutrition standards for foods and beverages purchased, prepared or served by City agencies. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards PDF Required and recommended guidelines designed to help agencies that purchase, serve, sell, or otherwise provide food to clients, patients, employees and the general public. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards Revision Memo PDF Revisions to the Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards and Implementation Guide PDF Recommended and required guidelines and practical tools to assist agencies in planning, purchasing or serving food. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education PDF Recommended standards for nutrition, physical activity and screen time in early care and education programs. October 9, 2018
Board of Health Resolution on Childhood Obesity in Early Childhood Care PDF A 2017 Board of Health resolution recommending nutrition and screen time standards for early care and education programs. October 9, 2018
Food, Beverage, and Procurement Standards for Hospitals PDF Recommended standards designed to help hospitals set and achieve nutrition goals. February 18, 2020
Cooking Resource Guide PDF This guide includes important cooking-related information and recipes that may be used at your sites to encourage healthy and safe cooking practices. February 18, 2020
Food Service Toolkit PDF This toolkit explains in everyday terms how smart procurement and preparation decisions can help your agency's food be healthy, delicious, and comply with the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards. February 18, 2020

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