Why

What

Who

Although it has been trending downwards in the past decade, childhood obesity in Philadelphia is still a major concern. 

Increases physical activity and improves nutrition through physical education curricula, equipment, after-school programs, and promoting family involvement.

Approximately 83,000 children kindergarten through 5th grade in public schools in Philadelphia.

For a $6.5 million investment over three years covering 83,046 kindergarten thru 5th graders ($78 per child)

We use a variety of data sources to tailor our analysis to the location and to make our estimates as accurate as possible. However, sometimes data is unavailable, either because it has not been collected, or because it is not shared publicly. We encourage government agencies and other organizations to share their de-identified data online and researchers to prioritize the following gaps in the data.

Baseline obesity data - We had to impute differences in obesity for planning districts by sex based on the overall differences in obesity by sex for all of Philadelphia. Also data for the Lower South Planning District was unavailable.

College Graduation - Baseline data for college graduation was imputed from high school graduation multiplied by college completion. Clearly this measure is imperfect, notably because it does not account for high school graduates that attend no form of college. Furthermore, college completion is for undergraduates in the state of Pennsylvania, which is not a perfect match of high school graduates in the state.

Test Score Distribution - To calculate the shift in test scores, we used a distribution of scores for the state of Texas. Ideally we would have had information more pertinent to Philadelphia.