Welcome to FoodFitPhilly

FoodFitPhilly is the Nutrition and Physical Activity website for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health – Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP). Our public-facing social media is known as Get Healthy Philly. Our work aims to cultivate safe, healthy, just and livable communities in Philadelphia. Our activities promote food justice, water equity and active living. 

Our Values

We believe all people should live to their fullest potential in environments that allow them to grow and thrive.

We recognize Philadelphia’s health is shaped by structural factors, including systemic racism.

Our Process

We take a people-centered, data-driven, health justice approach to programming and policy design. We look to solutions grounded in research and build evidence with our own data. This process drives policy and environmental changes to improve health for all people.

Source: Meredith Edlow for Economy League

Health Justice

Movement to eliminate barriers that prevent well-being

Food Justice

Self-determination to grow, sell, and eat healthy food

Active Living

Physical activity that feels good - Love your body, move your body

Water Equity

Stress-free access to appealing, high-quality drinking water

CDIP is funded by city, state and federal partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We partner with government agencies, community organizations, businesses, universities and everyday Philadelphians.

Our Team

Jen Aquilante

Food Policy Coordinator

Jen Aquilante is the Food Policy Coordinator/Interim Co-Program Manager for CDIP. She oversees food policy and nutrition initiatives with City departments, hospitals, restaurants and other food system partners. Jennifer graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a BS in Dietetics and has been a Registered Dietitian since 2001. Jennifer obtained her Master in Public Health degree from Drexel University in 2009 and has been working for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health since 2010.

Peter Barnard

Community Health & Upper North District Planner

Peter Barnard is the Community Health and Upper North District Planner for the City of Philadelphia. He works with both the Department of Planning and Development as well as the Department of Public Health to address chronic health issues faced by the city’s residents through planning and as a community planner for an area of the city with nearly 150,000 people. He joined the City in March of 2020. Prior to his current position, Peter worked for the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Scenic Hudson and the Clean Air Council. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a Masters in City and Regional Planning in 2013 with a concentration in Urban Design, and attended Bennington College, where he received with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Architecture and Social/Pollical Science in 2009. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2015 and the American Planning Association since 2009. 

Kinnari Chandriani

division director

Kinnari Chandriani is the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division Director. In this role, she works with partners across the city to address the social determinants of health. When Kinnari started with CDIP, she worked with City agencies to implement Comprehensive Food Standards into their food service and contracts. Prior to joining CDIP, she received her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University and completed her pediatric internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Erica Danhoui

Health Partnerships Manager

Erica Danhoui is the Health Partnerships Program Manager for CDIP. She leads PDPH’s health partnerships program, which is focused on promoting transformational change in health care settings, communities, workplaces, schools, the media, and policy environments. Erica joined the Department of Public Health in 2018, previously working on data and evaluation projects across CDIP. Prior to working with the City, Erica has worked in a variety of health care and patient care settings and received her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from Temple University in 2019.

Thierry Fortune

Community Engagement & Media Specialist

Thierry Fortune is the Community Engagement & Media Specialist for CDIP. He has spent much of his career overseeing the development and production process for “by-and-for” campaigns that produce authentic media and word-of-mouth messaging with public health clients, government agencies, consumer products and entertainment companies in the private sector. At CDIP, Thierry manages the development, implementation and evaluation of paid-media campaigns with partners, including funders, contractors, media buyers and research facilitators. He also provides technical assistance on communications and marketing initiatives across division program areas including social media, materials development, web development, marketing planning, community engagement and market research and evaluation with both internal and external groups. Thierry Fortune received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University.

Ben Hartung

Public Policy Advisory

Ben Hartung is the Public Policy Advisory for CDIP. He assists with policy development, legal research, and program implementation across the CDIP’s program areas of Tobacco Policy and Control, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Injury Prevention. He also works with the Health Commissioner’s Office to facilitate Board of Health regulation development and public meetings. Ben joined the City in the winter of 2021. Before his current position, he both practiced at private law firms and worked for environmental and public health policy non-profit organizations.

Terry Johnson

Communications Specialist

Terry Johnson is the Communications Specialist for CDIP. He previously served as director of communications and press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and communications director for Pennsylvania council of the Service Employees International Union. Prior to that he published Real News, a literary journal, and The Business Review, a magazine aimed at African American and Latinos entrepreneurs. He also served as a city editor of New York’s Village Voice, a writer at Newsweek magazine and a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other newspapers. He has been active in a variety of causes and served on the boards of several organizations.

Morgan Kelly

Health Partnerships Project Coordinator

Morgan Kelly is the Health Partnerships Project Coordinator for CDIP. She supports PDPH’s work on the Innovative State and Local Public Health Strategies to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke grant from CDC to improve the cardiovascular outcomes of Philadelphians with hypertension, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. She also assists in convening a task force composed of healthcare, community, and government organizations working to strengthen resource referral partnerships.  Morgan joined the Department of Public Health in June 2022. Prior to her role with the City, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master of Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Behavioral Science & Health Education. 

Pilar Ocampo

Community Health Disparities Project Manager

Pilar Ocampo is Community Health Disparities Project Manager for CDIP. A member of the Community Partnerships team, Pilar leads projects that employ equitable engagement for chronic disease and injury prevention, as well as supporting health justice and racial equity work. Pilar joined CDIP after completing a two-year Urban Health Policy Fellowship with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Pilar is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jazzmin Prosper

Youth Wellness Coordinator

Jazzmin Prosper is the Youth Wellness Coordinator for CDIP. She has over 10 years of experience in youth development in K-12 and higher education settings. As the Youth Wellness Coordinator, Jazzmin’s primary focus is to lead the Youth Health Justice Community Advisory Board. This is a paid opportunity for Philadelphia high schoolers who have an interest in Public Health education and policy. 

Mica Root

nutrition & physical activity Program Manager

Mica Root is the Nutrition & Physical Activity Program Manager. She came to City government as a Parks & Recreation lifeguard in 2013 and joined CDIP the following year. Her work has included developing the Healthy Schools component of the Mayor’s Community Schools Initiative; leading early community-engagement efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic; and initiating collaborations to expand drinking water access, appeal and security in schools, rec centers and residences. Mica received an MPH from Johns Hopkins, where she was a Bloomberg American Health Initiative Fellow. She previously spent over a decade in economic and social justice organizing, including as co-founder and executive director of Media Mobilizing Project.  

Pramiti Singh

UX/UI Web Design Specialist

Pramiti Singh is the UX/UI Web Design Specialist for CDIP. Since joining CDIP in 2016, Pramiti’s work has evolved into design support and user experience prioritization. After graduating from Villanova University in 2011, she earned a MPH from Temple University. Most recently, she has completed certificates in Web Design from University of the Arts as well as User Experience from General Assembly. Pramiti is passionate about sharing essential information about the division’s work with the public in visually appealing and helpful ways. She does this through optimizing web and graphic designs for Philadelphians as well as developing communication materials to share with partners and government officials.

Matthew Williams

Nutrition & Food Servicer Coordinator

Matthew Williams is the Nutrition and Food Servicer Coordinator for CDIP. He supports the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards which promotes the health of communities through better nutrition. Matthew collaborates with hospitals in the city and throughout the region via the Good Food Healthy Hospital Initiative to implement comprehensive food standards. Additionally, he also partners with early childhood education providers to support children’s health and wellness.  Matthew joined the Department of Public Health in March of 2020. He graduated from West Chester University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and currently resides in West Philadelphia with his wife and son. 

Shannon Wise

Chronic Disease Program & Policy Specialist

Shannon Wise is the Chronic Disease Program and Policy Specialist for CDIP. She joined the division in 2017 and has a passion for working to improve the health and wellness of Philadelphia’s young children and families. Her work has focused on supporting early childhood programs with nutrition and physical activity practices and policies and has expanded to work beyond that, supporting broader systems that work with and impact our families. Shannon graduated from Arcadia University in 2009 and prior to joining the division, held various roles from teacher to director in early childhood programs. She loves being outside and spending time in nature with her husband and three children.