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Michael Nutter

In the city that invented Philly cheesesteaks, the numbers surrounding childhood obesity are turning around. Mayor Michael Nutter cites an early fight by many of the city's actors zeroing in on sources like vending machines. (The Washington Post)

Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. But after decades of rising rates, we may be turning a corner on the health crisis. Experts across fields gathered at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit to discuss strategies resulting in healthier children.

Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia

The reality is when you have two-thirds of our adults and 40 percent of our young people facing obese or overweight conditions, you know you have a serious problem. Upticks in diabetes and heart disease, asthma — all of these kinds of issues and challenges face us in Philadelphia.

It really is about food. It’s about nutrition. It’s about activity. So we’ve really zeroed in on that. So we have 300 vending machines all across the city government in the main downtown areas. We’ve revamped what products are there, what people see. So the healthier beverage option — water, 100 percent fruit juice — that’s at eye level.


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