Of the 10 largest cities in the USA, Philadelphia has the highest rates of:
Adulthood diabetes
Adulthood hypertension
(High blood pressure)
Adulthood obesity
Teenage obesity
Childhood mortality
Infant mortality
Low birth weight births

  • Most youth in America do not reach the daily recommendation for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, yet exceed the maximum daily intake recommendations for sodium, added sugars, and solid fats. 
  • Most Americans drink twice as much soda as they do milk. 
  • Healthy eating reduces the risk for developing high cholesterol, cancer, osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and dental caries.

Spectrum offers the following services to maintain good nutrition:

  • Weight management counseling to help you reach or maintain a healthy BMI (a healthy weight for your gender and height).  Healthy BMIs fall in between 18.5 and 24.9.  
  • Individualized diet plans for various chronic diseases.
  • Diabetes education.
  • Physical activity recommendations and resources.  Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.  Adults need approximately two and a half hours of moderate activity a week.