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Combating Obesity in America's Fattest Big City
Philadelphia is the nation's most obese and most diabetic big city, which is why it's undertaking wide-ranging efforts to get people to eat healthier.
Of America's 10 largest cities, Philadelphia is the most obese and most diabetic. (Photos by David Kidd)
The city is undertaking wide-ranging efforts to curb its obesity epidemic, but its signature cheesesteaks are off-limits for now.
Dr. Giridhar Mallya is leading the public health department's Get Healthy Philly initiative.
Get Healthy Philly helps neighborhood corner stores stock fresh fruits and vegetables.
Howard McCrory, a corner store owner, acknowledges that not every customer makes the healthy choice.
Zhongrui Yang was one of 200 Chinese takeout restaurant owners who attended city-sponsored cooking classes to lower the amount of salt in their recipes.
Jeffrey Wakefield, a 53-year-old diabetic and lifelong resident, is one of Yang's regular customers.
Customers pick out fresh produce at one of the 25 farmers markets that are operated as part of Get Healthy Philly.
Landon Jefferies and Lindsey Shapiro grew their goods in Oley Township, 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia, then sold them at the farmers market.
City surveys show food stamp recipients who shop at the farmers markets consume more fruits and vegetables.
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