Get Healthy Philly


“Get Healthy Philly” is an initiative of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health that brings together government agencies, community-based organizations, academia, and the private sector to address obesity and smoking in Philadelphia. The organization is making great strides toward a healthy Philly through actions including: designating nearly 12,000 acres of new smoke-free spaces; passing a $2 per pack tax increase on cigarettes; establishing school nutrition standards; menu labeling; and working with food retailers to promote healthy food sales. Accomplishments over the past four years include a 15 percent reduction in smoking among adults, a 30 percent reduction in smoking among youth, and a 5 percent reduction in childhood obesity. The initiative is supported by local, state, and federal funding, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Prevention and Public Health Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. To read more about this innovative program, see this brief summary [link].