WHYY produced two videos highlighting Night Market Philadelphia, a seasonal, roving event that showcases the local food truck scene, supports local entrepreneurship, and is "revitalizing Philadelphia's communities." Check out the videos here
Karima Rose, Director of Grants and Operations at The Food Trust received the Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and presenting sponsor Wells Fargo.
Award winners are leaders (corporate or non-profit) of ethnic backgrounds with high levels of responsibility at their companies - such as presidents, vice presidents, CFOs, partners or people in charge of a business unit. Awardees also play a strong leadership role outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations.
Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust, received the Urban Leadership Award from The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR). The award celebrates exemplary leaders in the effort to build resilient, food-secure and livable cities. The Penn IUR Urban Leadership Award is awarded annually to urban leaders who have made outstanding contributions to urban scholarship and to building cities that successfully respond to the challenges of the 21st Century.
Other awardees included: Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT and former Mayor of Barcelona, Spain and Ridwan Kamil, Founder and Principal of Urbane Indonesia.
Dr. Sandy Sherman, Director of Nutrition Education at The Food Trust, was the recipient of the Catherine Cowell Award, established in 1993 to honor Dr. Catherine Cowell’s contributions to the field of public health nutrition. This award recognizes individuals who have exemplified excellence and achievement in administration, planning, mentoring and team building in public health nutrition, including meeting the special needs of urban populations and young children.
A new study by the Philadelphia Department of Health is one of a small but growing series of studies that point to the first signs of declining rates of obesity among children. Declines were seen citywide. Despite its own economic challenges, Philadelphia was able not only to achieve an overall decline in obesity but also to make the largest improvements among African American male and Hispanic female students.
Notably, the study doesn't credit one program or policy as the hero of this success story. Instead, it suggests that Philadelphia's comprehensive approach to obesity prevention - a combination of increased access to healthy food, nutrition education and exercise - may be responsible for the reversing obesity trend.