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Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, 15.1% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Pennsylvania a ranking of 30 among the 50 states and D.C. This page includes Pennsylvania data in four areas: the latest data on obesity, diabetes, and hypertension; how federal nutrition policies impact Pennsylvania; health behaviors and outcomes among high school students; and policies enacted by Pennsylvania to support health and prevent obesity.

Childhood Nutrition Data

National programs and policies can make it easier for children to access healthier foods and beverages. The number of children participating in each of these programs varies from state to state. See participation numbers and rates below, or visit the full interactive feature.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

1,842,970

Pennsylvania Number of residents participating in in 2022.

99% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- Children

629,000

Pennsylvania Number of participating residents who are children in in 2018.

35.2% Percentage of participants who are children in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - White

59.2%

Pennsylvania Percentage of participating households where the head of household is White in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - African-American

26.40%

Pennsylvania Percentage of participating households where the head of household is African-American in 2018.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Hispanic

0.6%

Pennsylvania Percentage of participating households where the head of household is Hispanic in 2018.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

90,506

Pennsylvania Number of students participating in 2021.

Head Start

24,836

Pennsylvania Number of children participating in in 2019.

38% Percentage of eligible children participating in 2019.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

167,969

Pennsylvania Number of residents participating in in 2021.

54.7% Percentage of eligible residents participating in 2019.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

154,278

Pennsylvania Number of students participating, by state in CACFP in 2021.

74,787,256 Total meals served annually in 2021.

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

340,693

Pennsylvania Number of children participating in in 2021.

50.7% Percentage of students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch in 2019-2020.

Food Insecurity (CFI)

11%

Pennsylvania Percentage of children who are food insecure in CFI in 2018.

High Schooler Health Data

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) surveys high school students to better understand a variety of health issues and behaviors. This feature includes data related to obesity, nutrition, and physical activity.

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Low P.E. Participation
73.9%
73.9%
Physically active at least 60 minutes
25.4%
25.4%
High Computer Usage
49.4%
49.4%
High TV Watching
19.4%
19.4%
High Soda Consumption
13.6%
13.6%
No Breakfast
15.7%
15.7%
Low Fruit Consumption
6.4%
6.4%
Low Vegetable Consumption
7.9%
7.9%