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Get Healthy Philly and First Up

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Shannon Dryden

Healthy Early Childhood Coordinator

Get Healthy Philly – Philadelphia Department of Public Health

 A healthy start is essential for young children, providing a strong foundation for learning and developing healthy habits for their entire lives. Chronic disease is one of the leading causes of death and in Philadelphia; six of the leading causes of death are related to chronic health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and kidney disease (Health of the City Report, 2017).  At Get Healthy Philly, the chronic disease prevention division of the Department of Public Health, we work to improve health by creating and supporting environments that promote healthy eating, active living, and are smoke free, as these are the three main strategies that can prevent chronic disease. This work is especially important for our youngest children in Philadelphia and the environments where they spend the most time, home and early child care settings.

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