Healthy Food Business Program



In order to create opportunities for potential business owners, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Department of Commerce have launched the Healthy Food Business Program to support entrepreneurs planning to open new healthy food businesses in Philadelphia. The program prioritizes businesses in neighborhoods that lack access to healthy food options and will give preference to applicants who reside in one […]

Sidewalk Sales of Produce



In Philadelphia, it is now easier for business owners to sell fresh fruits and vegetables outside their stores, thanks to a new law championed by Councilman Derek Green. Stores can now sell fresh produce on the sidewalk immediately abutting their buildings without applying for sidewalk sales licenses and they can leave shelving or other structures used to put […]

Repurposing Halloween Pumpkins



Pumpkins are a part of Halloween traditions in many households. Central to holiday décor, they may be left whole or painted, while others are carved into jack-o-lanterns. Yet, once Halloween passes, and the excitement dwindles, many of these pumpkins go to waste. We’re highlighting several ways to get the most use out of your Halloween […]

Enjoy a Healthier, Happier Halloween



Halloween is right around the corner. If you haven’t stocked up on bags of candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters yet… that might not be such a bad thing! Candy contains a lot of added sugar. In fact, sugar tends to be the first ingredient listed on the label, which means it is the ingredient used […]

Best Practice: School-Wide Movement Breaks



A Spotlight on Frances E. Willard Elementary. Written by: Ayooluwa Ariyo for Get Healthy Philly “Raise your right leg! Support it with your arms around your knee! Now I’m going to count to five. You can put that leg down at five and switch to your other leg!” This is Ms. Debra DeShields, Health and P.E. […]

Less Salt, Healthier Life: Unique Partnership Strives for a Healthier Community



Food contest participants and Temple Center for Asian Health staff   On Saturday August 4th, Temple University’s Center for Asian Health hosted a community event that recognized multiple partners working together to promote eating less salt (or sodium). The Center for Asian Health launched the Healthy Chinese Take-out Initiative (HCTI) in 2012 in partnership with […]

Recipes for a Healthier Fourth of July



This Fourth of July celebrate with one of these nutritious, easy, and tasty recipes. Appetizers When you make recipes at home, you are better able to control the salt, sugar, and fat that goes into them. A homemade black bean and corn salsa is as easy as opening three cans! When using canned goods, look […]

Kids Eat FREE: Summer Meals in Philadelphia 2018



What are Summer Meals? The Summer Meals Program provides free meals to kids while school is out, helping them get the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer long. There are no income requirements, ID, or registration in qualifying areas. The Coalition against Hunger shows more than 1,000 places in Philadelphia that serve free meals […]

2018 Farmer’s Markets!



Farmer’s markets are a great place to get fresh, quality, locally-grown produce. There are over 60 farmer’s markets in Philadelphia. Most markets accept SNAP, Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) WIC and Senior vouchers and Philly Food Bucks, a coupon incentive program for SNAP recipients. Download the full list of 2018 Farmer’s Markets and Farm Stands: […]

Health Justice Summit 2018

Health justice is the idea that everyone should be able to live a long, happy and healthy life, regardless of race, ability or zip code. On a Saturday morning in mid-March, nearly 250 people came together from local community, organizations, government, businesses, and universities in the name of health justice. The half-day event featured panels, […]