We partner with community organizations in West Philadelphia to provide resources related to obesity prevention. We aim to increase access to healthy foods and create opportunities for physical activity.
We are particularly interested in programming that focuses on preventing obesity, beginning with pregnant mothers and extending into early childhood.
Healthy Kids Running Series is a five-week program that introduces kids to the world of running in a fun way through age-appropriate races. The Healthy Weight Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia started a West Philly location this past spring, and we are pleased to offer the program again this fall.
We look forward to seeing many kids from the area, including any children of CHOP employees!
All participating children receive t-shirts, race bibs, medals, and other goodies. For anyone signing up to participate, please try to pick up your race bag prior to the first race.
Please join us in partnering with the West Philly Foods Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) for the second year in a row! West Philly Foods is a project of The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation, located right at 46th and Market Streets, along with its Walnut Hill Farm.
By paying in advance, CSA members get weekly boxes of fresh, local produce from area urban and rural farms. Additionally, through The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, CSA members have the option to add value-added shares to their weekly box, produced by local food entrepreneurs of the Culinary Center, including things like jam, bread and nut butters.
Support the community and enjoy delicious food! Paying for shares at the regular price subsidizes the cost for select low-income families in our area.
The Healthy Weight Program donated nutrition and physical activity resources to the 3rd Annual Cobbs Creek 5k run/walk, supported by the Cobbs Creek CHOP Care Network location.
Our Healthy Weight physical activity specialist, Rachel DeHaven, continues to participate in Philly Girls in Motion this month, facilitating an exercise class and healthy lifestyle educational session for girls in the West and Northeast Philadelphia locations of the program. Several Healthy Weight clinic patients participate in Philly Girls in Motion.
A team member attended the Wordsworth Annual Health & Wellness Fair in Ft. Washington. Students of this school have a variety of developmental or behavioral challenges, with many students on the autism spectrum. Obesity is a prevalent issue among students, and the staff benefit from hearing about resources in the community. Healthy Weight was happy to be a supportive presence and resource at this event.
On Wednesday, October 30th, members from the Healthy Weight Program, including Dr. Senbagam Virudachalam and Allison Herman, along with Dr. Saba Khan from CHOP and Allison Blansfield from West Philly Foods Community Supported Agriculture Program of The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation, presented at the “FreshRx: A Prescription for Health” symposium, sponsored by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children. The symposium focused on the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity, particularly in terms of the intersection of poverty and obesity. Our group’s presentation was entitled, “In search of the perfect recipe for healthy eating: Strategic partnerships between medical and community organizations.” The presentation highlighted the collaborative work of the Healthy Weight Program, the CHOP Care Network, and The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation to address food access, food insecurity, and cooking skills among low-income Philadelphia communities. Check out The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation’s newsletter highlighting this presentation (last featured article on the page).
For the second year in a row, the Healthy Weight Program participated in The Please Touch Museum’s Stroller in the Park event. The event is part of the museum’s Grow Games initiative focusing on children’s health. This year, Healthy Weight team members provided support at the hydration station, handing out water and motivating participating families; hosted an interactive information table in the Health Pavilion; and sponsored walk registrations for interested Healthy Weight clinic, homeless shelter, and city health center families. Over 300 walkers participated in the event.
During September, the Healthy Weight Program also enthusiastically promoted National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month through activities across the CHOP community, including spreading the 5-2-1-0 message on banners and the intranet homepage, weekly CHOP Facebook posts, a body mass index screening in the main hospital, and “Ask the Expert” sessions at The Voice radio station with a Healthy Weight physician, dietitian, clinical psychologist, social worker, and physical activity specialists participating.
Through our participation with the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the Philadelphia Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Healthy Weight team members participated in the People’s Emergency Center’s implementation of uGo, a 6-week community-based nutrition and physical activity program for families in the Saunders Park area of West Philadelphia. Two Healthy Weight team members took part in the kick-off event and provided the healthy snack to participants, while our dietitian, Elizabeth Coover, provided expert nutrition advice and distributed Healthy Weight’s “Nutrition in the Kitchen” cookbooks during a later week’s session.
The Healthy Weight Program was an official partner for the See Chicks Run 5K/10K in Fairmount Park, held on June 2, 2013. See Chicks Run proceeds benefit Philly Girls in Motion, a volunteer-based organization devoted to increasing girls’ physical activity and knowledge of healthy eating.
The Healthy Weight Program partnered with the West Philly Foods Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program, a part of The Enterprise Center, to offer this opportunity to CHOP employees. With enough CHOP employees participating, a CHOP pick-up location for the CSA was added. The program is also available to anyone else in the community who wishes to participate, with other pick-up locations available in the city. The CSA runs from May 23 to October 24. It is never too late to sign up at a prorated rate.
The Healthy Weight Program contributed reusable tote bags filled with Frisbees, Healthy Weight brochures, ChopChop family cooking magazines, 5-2-1-0 stickers, and Nutrition in the Kitchen cookbooks for the Family Fun and Fitness Day held at Drexel University’s Vidas Field on Saturday, May 18th. The event was organized by CHOP’s Homeless Health Initiative and was open to families from local shelters.
Healthy Weight Program staff participated in the ELECT (Education Leading to Employment and Career Training) event for pregnant and parenting teens in the Philadelphia School District. The event was sponsored by and held at the Philadelphia School District headquarters and kicked off the Week of the Young Child Symposium. Educational workshops were provided for teen parents on a variety of topics related to health and well-being, as well as a health fair. Approximately 200 people participated in the event.
If you would like to inquire about partnering with the Healthy Weight Program, please contact us online or by phone at 267-426-2782.
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