Using Fresh Produce, Physical Activity, and Data to Fight Obesity:
Allegheny County Health Department
Last year, the Allegheny County Health Department released A Plan for a Healthier Allegheny, which focuses on five high health priorities—maternal and child health, chronic disease health risk behaviors, mental health and substance abuse disorders, the environment, and access to services—to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable.
A Foundation grant of $1.5 million over two years is supporting a set of initiatives aimed at reducing obesity rates, including a Green Grocer program that delivers healthy food to communities weekly; one that provides farm-stand vendors with technology to accept electronic payments; and a third that promotes healthy snacks and 60 minutes of play during out-of-school hours to organizations that serve a total of 50,000 children.
Additionally, three neighborhoods received planning grants from the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development for bike paths, pedestrian improvements, pop-up physical activities, and other incentives to boost residents’ physical activity.