Former PHS President Dines In for a Great Cause

Jane Pepper knows how to put on a show. As the former Philadelphia Horticultural Society president, she was the mastermind behind the world-renowned Philadelphia Flower Show for 25 years. The show attracts an awe-inspiring 250,000 visitors annually from around the globe and serves as inspiration to novice and seasoned gardeners alike. When Pepper heard about Farm to Families, its mission of connecting Philadelphians with access to and education about fresh food resonated strongly for her. Her...Read more...

Organic or Natural?

How to tell which is healthier for your family There’s been a lot of talk lately about what qualifies a food product to be either “organic” or “natural.” Philly.com takes a look at the trends and offers a few suggestions for making sure the organic food you eat really contains what the label suggests. The best rule of thumb: Just look for the USDA Organic seal. This certification not only means that the product is grown with at least 95 percent of organic...Read more...

Too Much Sugar in Your Diet?

Guess what? Most added sugar comes from beverages There may be more sugar in a soda or fruit punch than you think. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that says most of the added sugar Americans consume come from beverages, not food. It’s latest “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” estimates that the average percentage of daily calories that come from sugary drinks has more than doubled since the 1970s. According to the report, sugar from drinks makes up an...Read more...

A Doctor’s Perspective: Poverty

The financial impact on children’s health   Dr. Perri Klass, a pediatrician who writes about children’s health, recently shared her perspective on how poverty impacts kid’s health in America today. In an essay for The New York Times, Klass writes, “In the exam room, we try to mitigate the pain and suffering that are its pernicious symptoms. But our patients’ well-being depends on more, on public health measures and prevention that lift the darkness so all children can grow toward the...Read more...

5 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Plus: free dental exams, referrals and pediatric help We offer several initiatives designed to educate, prevent and care for children’s oral health in Philadelphia. If you or someone you know would like access these programs, it’s as easy as five steps: Treatment: The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides comprehensive and continuous oral health care through individual hygiene instruction and preventive and restorative therapies. Education: “My Marvelous Mouth” improves oral health literacy by...Read more...