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To ensure undeserved Philadelphia youth attain a healthy diet and adequate physical fitness participation.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Eugene Pough

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Key stakeholders are the Greentree Community Health Foundation, Temple and LaSalle University’s Department of Athletics, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Youth Partnerships, the Philadelphia Sixers Youth Foundation and Community Outreach Programs, SwiftFit Personal Training, INC., Temple University’s Department of Sport, Hospitality, Tourism and Management, Level 40 Training, INC., School District of Philadelphia. the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center’s Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle Program, PhilaBundance’ Fresh for All Produce Program, Vetri Community Partnership’s Eat360, Temple University Department of Exercise and Sport Science; Jefferson University’s Departments of Health Services and Behavioral and Health Services; the City of Philadelphia’s Get Healthy Program, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Food Fit, Get Healthy Philly and its’ Nutrition and Physical Activity programs.

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How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • Under 1 year

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United States of America

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Out of a Philadelphia public, charter school or City of Philadelphia recreation center.

What country is your selected Place located in?

United States of America

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

A recent study by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that – for the first time in decades – the obesity rates among Philadelphia youth decreased by 5 percent between 2006 and 2010. This is one of the first studies showing a reversal of the country’s troubling obesity trends, and it suggests that together, we have found a key to obesity prevention: a comprehensive approach that combines physical fitness, nutrition education and increased access to healthy foods. It's very important to me Philadelphia is home and that Philadelphia youth become healthy, so they become healthy adults and also become positive contributors to the world. I'm a native Philadelphian and I too was an overweight youth; who became healthy.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

According to the 2018 United States Census Bureau estimate, there were 1,584,138 people residing in Philadelphia, representing a 3.8% increase from the 2010 census. Between 2006 and 2017, Philadelphia added 92,153 residents. In 2017, the Census Bureau estimated that the racial composition of the city was 41.3% Black (non-Hispanic), 34.9% White (non-Hispanic), 14.1% Hispanic or Latino, 7.1% Asian, 0.4% Native Americans, 0.05% Pacific Islanders, and 2.8% multiracial. According to the Köppen climate classification, Philadelphia falls under the northern periphery of the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa), whereas according to the Trewartha climate classification, the city has a temperate maritime climate (Do) limited to the north by the continental climate (Dc). The geographic center of Philadelphia is located approximately at 40° 0′ 34″ north latitude and 75° 8′ 0″ west longitude. The city encompasses 142.71 square miles (369.62 km2), of which 134.18 square miles (347.52 km2) is land and 8.53 square miles (22.09 km2), or 6%, is water. Natural bodies of water include the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, the lakes in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, and Cobbs, Wissahickon, and Pennypack creeks. Philadelphia is known for its hoagies, stromboli, roast pork sandwich, scrapple, soft pretzels, water ice, Tastykakes, and the cheesesteak sandwich which was developed by Italian immigrants. The Philadelphia area has many establishments that serve cheesesteaks, including restaurants, taverns, delicatessens and pizza parlors. Some of the hopes creating new jobs and rebuilding communities. Many Philadelphians want to work and want their neighborhoods rebuild and added amenities that will create jobs. Many want to a cleaner city and want residents to become more responsible and caring. People of color want their neighborhoods improved without “gentrification” taking place. Others want to see Philadelphia become more innovative. Philadelphia is known for its art, music, film, sports, healthcare, tech, engineering and fashion. Residents want interactive workshops, sessions and exhibits are meant to bring people together, to help them continue to make advancements. Businesses and companies are working in areas like Kensington, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia to make sure they highlight innovation in a diverse group of socioeconomic neighborhoods. Change is slowly taking place. Philadelphia also has a number of areas with lower access to supermarkets. The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a Philadelphia-based community development financial institution, reported a 56 percent drop between 2005 and 2013 in city residents without access to healthy food options.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The lack of employment, mobility and current conditions of the lack of grocery store locations in Philadelphia is a major issue. It can be observed that most of them show a clustered pattern in the city, squeezed between the two rivers, and more are dispersed throughout the northern and western part of the city. One could assume that this is because there are large amounts of people in the city, as well as because hoteling’s law describes that similar businesses will locate themselves within close proximity to each other in order to gain the greatest share of the market. There is a collected pattern of the median household income across the city. Most of the low to medium income households ($0-43,000) are clustered in the North, South and West Philadelphia areas, with the exception of very small areas of high income households ($73,000-104,000), which are located in the wealthier downtown area. More affluent areas are on the outskirts of the city, with gradually increasing income the further out in each direction one goes. A clustering of grocery stores around areas of higher income can be observed especially, while the rest of the dispersed grocery stores in the north and west of the city are in low to medium income household areas. The map as over distinctly shows that the grocery stores are never located in the lowest income areas ($0-12,000), and that much of the southwest and southeast low to medium income areas of the city have no grocery stores at all. In relationship to the median household income, unemployment represents mainly in the areas around the city, namely in the north, northwest, and fourth west across the river. Again, the grocery stores in areas further away from or on the border of high unemployment rate areas. As there is a large area of high unemployment rates across the river, it should be said that it is especially difficult for that population that needs to cover even further distances. There are some areas north Philadelphia where grocery stores are located at the periphery of high unemployment rate areas, however, it has to be considered whether the residents’ economic status will allow them to shop at those nearby grocery stores. Overall, the correlation between the socio-economic status and the location of grocery stores are major issues. The majority if grocery stores are around higher income and lower unemployment areas. This gave rise to the food deserts present in mainly the south, west, and northeastern part of Philadelphia.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The grant will provide operation and program activity support for the “Decrease the Beef” Sports to hire an Executive Director, full-time Program Director and two other Program Directors (for our Strength and Conditioning and Healthy Eating Programs). Our program would be able to purchase the proper exercise equipment, overall healthy foods and rent the proper space for our activities. The proposed activities are: helping kids develop grit to overcome formidable challenges to be successful today and in the future. Our proposed projects are recruit “Coaches” (mentors) assist the DTB staff in guiding youth through goal setting and in developing an attitude of gratitude. Through exercises and positive reinforcement, our youth learn to push themselves and work as a team. Decrease the Beef believes that by providing a highly structured prevention program, we can help youth reach their full potential, leading full, healthy lives. Our fitness and conditioning component impacts the health of our participants and our community through programming related to both diet and exercise and education. Healthy Food Program Director Keisha Prosser will focus on: Health, nutrition, and fitness sessions help youth understand the importance of eating right, being active and practicing good hygiene. Her activities are structured to: Educate youth in learning about healthier eating and other behavior changes over hourly sessions. Topics will cover and include healthier eating, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated and more Two other Primary Goals include: to Reduce body weight by 7% and Engage our youth in regular physical activity. Overall, Youth will “Master” these basic health principles. Our program will place them on the right track to managing their long-term health. Our Strength and Conditioning Program Director Sean Mayers, will also incorporate fitness and physical activities that uses exercise specifics. He will implement and execute all prevention training regimens. One of Sean’s focuses will be Resistance Training. Resistance training for youth is safe and efficacious so long as important NSCA guidelines are followed. Our focus will be resistance training program and the development of healthy habits of safe resistance training and focus will be on technical performance.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Our program will be dedicated to helping Philadelphian youth enjoy long and productive lives free from disease, disability, and premature death. Our vision is have youth eating healthy and active living are easy choices for all youth Many Philadelphian youth live in environments that make unhealthy choices the default. Philadelphia is the poorest of the 10 largest U.S. cities and research shows a close link between poverty and poor health. This is true for individuals, families and communities, even across generations. Our program will work to change: Rules, systems and environments. We want healthy eating and active, to be the the norm for all of Philadelphia youth. We work with other government agencies, community-based organizations, academic institutions to: increase the availability and affordability of healthy foods; ; reduce the availability and promotion of unhealthy foods and increase safe opportunities for physical activity. Youth will also participate in 21st Century project based learning leadership activities; various physical fitness activities, healthy-based nutrition education, and cooking clubs.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our Nutrition and Physical Activity Program will create healthier environments in Philadelphia. We will partner with stakeholders to bring fresh, healthy, and affordable foods to youth from low-income homes. We will partner with civic programs to make neighborhoods safer with more opportunities for physical activity. We will create healthier environments for youth. Youth leadership opportunities will be created. We will partner with health care providers so they educate youth. We will set new nutrition standards and promoting best practices for City agencies. Lastly, we will promote healthier norms and raise awareness to support healthy behaviors.Our program will create healthier attitudes for our targeted youth. Our program will set new nutrition standards and promote best practices. It will also promote healthier norms and raise awareness to support healthy behaviors. Our goals are to disseminate data to our website. An embedded system for collection of evaluation data and outcomes will also be created. Our goal is to produce a linkage where our data will be easily accessed by our youth and their families and surrounding communities. Both internal and external electronic mailing lists will be created. An external list will have the means of reaching our relevant community and stakeholders. Other forms in disseminating our program will include producing literature, such as brochures and newsletters (and videos) to distribute (and show) at community events, school meetings; conferences, professional development and networking events.

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Hi Eugene Pough  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!
It is inspiring to see a Vision for Philadelphia that aims at improving the health and diet of the youth to build a prospering city and society.
What would your Philadelphia look like in 2050?
How might your work today look like in 2050 if you were to upset the current trends and build a new trajectory for the future that inspires others around you to collaborate? To help you speculate what your future Vision could look like, you can find some guiding principles on Future Casting and inspiration in the Vision Prize Toolkit in Chapter 3 under Tools of Transformation.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Morning Iitka. How are you and apart of the Food System Vision Staff?

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