Best feet forward

Students who are part of Penn Nursing’s Healthy in Philadelphia initiative recently collected more than 800 new socks that were distributed to area nursing home residents and the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission that serves the homeless and hungry. At the mission, foot baths, foot health assessments, as well as the socks, were provided to homeless men, who on average walk about three miles a day in all kinds of weather.

The Healthy in Philadelphia initiative is a program in which Penn Nursing partners with the community to meet the needs of promoting healthy lifestyles and providing care. The initiative builds upon Penn Nursing’s successful Living Independently For Elders Program, which provides long-term care services for elders, allowing them to remain living in their West Philadelphia homes.

Originally published on February 21, 2013