Here’s how Vetri Community Partnership is tackling childhood obesity

The Lightning Strike, May 19, 2016

About 41 percent of Philadelphia kids ages 6 to 17 are overweight or obese. In some neighborhoods the level is much higher: 70 percent in North Philadelphia, for example, which is nearly double the national rate.

“The stats in Philadelphia are pretty shocking,” says Marlene Olshan, Chief Executive Officer of the Vetri Community Partnership (VCP). Olshan and her staff are trying to help break what she calls the cycle of unhealthy eating, in which kids grow up learning bad eating habits at home…

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