The Neighborhood Food Report shines a light on the city’s skewed food environment, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said.
“Children grow up seeing chips and candy as normal snacks rather than occasional treats,” Farley said in a statement. “And adults who may be trying to eat a healthy diet are constantly seeing the unhealthy snacks they may be trying to avoid.”
By Jon Kopp
However, Bettigole says, for improving public health, that’s not the full picture.
“The bad news in the report though, was the tremendous amount of unhealthy food in most of the city; and we felt like quantifying that was actually important.”
By Hadas Kuznits
When the Department of Public Health declares a heat emergency, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging also takes emergency calls until midnight. In cases of dire need, a nurse is dispatched to the person’s home.
Continued vigilance is essential, says current health commissioner Thomas Farley.
“We are trying to prevent every heat-related death, all of which are tragic and preventable,” he said.
By Tom Avril