On Sept. 2, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Healthy Weight Program (HWP) celebrated Healthy Changes Day and Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by hosting a full day of family-based events to promote healthy lifestyles. 

The morning started with a special program where participants heard from experts from the Healthy Weight Program, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and from Bettyann Creighton, director of Health, Safety and Physical Education for the School District of Philadelphia, as well as two patient families. They spoke about the incredible benefits of building healthy lifestyles as a family.

Events and information throughout the month highlighted positive ways to support families working together on healthy habits around four focus areas:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Screen time
  • Sleep

Healthy Weight ProgramPictured from left: Katelyn Tente, Healthy Weight Program practice manager; two CHOP patients; Peter Grollman, CHOP vice president of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy; Jannie Blackwell, Philadelphia City councilwoman; CHOP patient; Saba Khan, MD, CHOP Healthy Weight Program medical director; and Bettyann Creighton, director of Health, Safety and Physical Education for the School District of Philadelphia, who also serves on CHOP’s Community Advisory Board.