Dear Shape Up Coalition Member,
We are wrapping up a busy summer here at the Y, a summer in which our youth explored the great outdoors and pushed the limits of science with a hands on fair – Thingamajig. Seven teens from our Buchanan Y embarked on an incredible four day, 30 mile hike through the Bay Area National Parks in celebration of the National Parks Service centennial celebration- Pack the Parks. Thingamajig is a national Y initiative through which Y summer campers explore science and their imagination by creating awesome projects. The winning youth inventor teams created an IPhone magnifying glass, a Game of Thrones throne, and a backpack made of cardboard and duct tape.
We are proud of our youth who live in this great city and have the opportunity to explore and grow through healthy opportunities. Thanks to the ongoing work of Shape Up San Francisco, these opportunities are available. As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Shape Up San Francisco, we have a lot to be proud of, from changing the conversation on the impact of sugary sweetened beverages to working to ensure our streets are safe for our kids to walk/bike to school, I am proud to be part of such a powerful movement.
Mark your calendars for the symposium to mark 10 years of Shape Up SF progress. Hear from policymakers, stakeholders and contribute to the conversation as we discuss the future of chronic disease prevention and healthy communities. We are honored to host Dr. Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation as our keynote speaker. Sandra is a leader in philanthropy, an expert in public health and policy and former director of the SF Dept. of Public Health. Mark your calendars! Register here.
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Green Room, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
See you there!
Chuck Collins, Shape Up SF Co-chair
|Chronic Disease Prevention Week Micro-Grants
October 10-16, 2016 will be Chronic Disease Prevention Week in San Francisco! Chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes are the most common, costly, and preventable health conditions. Help shine a spotlight on chronic disease prevention by activating a week of activities that celebrate healthy eating and active living. Shape Up SF will offer micro-grants for our partners to plan an event/activity at part of Chronic Disease Prevention Week.
Learn more and download the application (WORD) and budget template (EXCEL). Submissions are due September 6 by 12 pm. We will inform those selected by September 23.
|By Josie Ahrens
Don't miss the 20th Annual Walk & Roll to School Day!
Start a fun, healthy habit for you and your children at this year's International Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Join parents, caregivers and children in over 40 countries and all 50 states, who will be walking and rolling to school together! Studies show walking not only improves your children's physical well being, but also their academic performance. Sign your school up now!
Join us on October 5th, to celebrate walking and rolling to school. Last year, San Francisco had a record-breaking 95 schools and 14,000+ students participate in this citywide event. In 2015, 88% of San Francisco Unified public elementary schools took part, an increase of 11% in numbers over the prior year’s Walk & Roll to School.
This year, to help mark the 20th anniversary, we plan to bring Walk & Roll to School Day to a record-breaking 100 schools and 16,000 students across the city!
Don't miss out on FREE giveaways from the Safe Routes to School Partnership (supplies are limited). It's easy (and fun) to organize a Walk & Roll to School Day event at your child's school. The deadline for schools to register is Friday, September 23 -- don't wait, sign up your school today.
For more information, contact Walk San Francisco at (415) 431-9255 or via email.
|By Dedriana Lomax
Uniting Parents for Physical Education (UPPE) is back and in full swing! Partners have been working hard to schedule school site workshops and physical activity sessions for parents. They convened their first workshop of the school year at Malcolm X Elementary School on September 2nd.
Partners have also been recruiting parents to join our campaign and become PE champions. Our parent PE champions use their voice to raise the value of PE at their child(s) school and throughout the district. If you are a parent, guardian, or grandparent who believes that PE matters and wants to help change the PE culture in SFUSD, contact us!
UPPE is led by Shape Up SF in partnership with the Bayview HEAL Zone, Healthy Hearts SF, Coleman Advocates for Children, and the American Heart Association. The goal of UPPE is for all elementary students to receive daily PE because it is the best way for all children to get regular physical activity. They believe that a parent voice is needed to help raise the value of PE in SFUSD.
UPPE is made possible through funding by Kaiser Permanente.
Measuring Collective Impact
We need your help to measure the amazing work we are all doing to decrease consumption of sugary drinks and promote tap water; increase access to healthy food; and increase opportunities for physical activity. If you or your organization has done any education/outreach activities or implemented policy, systems, or environmental (PSE) changes, PLEASE take a few moments to let us know.
Strategy 1: Discussion, adoption, and/or implementation of PSE strategies related to:
Strategy 2: Education or outreach activities to educate community members or health care providers about:
If there are any other activities you have done related to our 3 priority areas that were not captured in the above surveys, please let us know!
Please bookmark this page so you may track your ongoing progress. Thank you!!
|By Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn, MD, CYT
Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness
Exercise, Nutrition and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
For more information, contact Dr. Marcus by calling 415.615.9945, ext. 102, or send an email.
First Saturday Health Party: Join us on September 10 from 9am-12pm for a neighborhood health party that’s good for your Mind, Body and Soul!
Nia Movement: Healing movement infused with African dance and exercise!
September 1, 8, *15, 22, 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. w/Farcia
*September 15, Guest instructor
Cardio-Soul: Join us for a fun and soulful workout!
September 3, 10, 17, 24 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. w/Tiffany
Acupuncture – Monday - Thursday | 8am-4pm, Fridays | 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.
We are offering free acupuncture at the Wellness Center at the Alice Griffith Housing Complex located at 2 Cameron Way. For information and appointments call 415-822-2676.
|On September 11, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Western Addition will be transformed into a safe space for the community to gather, kids to play, and neighbors to socialize. For just five hours, the streets will be filled with healthy activities, music, performances, and arts!
The Western Addition Sunday Streets gives you the opportunity to explore Fillmore and Fulton Streets by foot, or bike. Sunday Streets will take place on Baker St between Fell and McAllister Streets, Fulton St between Baker and Fillmore Streets, and Fillmore St between Fulton St and Geary Blvd.
Moving at a bit of a slower place, you will find all kinds of hidden gems along this route. From local art, great views of the gorgeous City Hall, the famous painted ladies, to a variety of delicious restaurants, you are sure to have a great experience along this route.
|By Jessica Estrada
The HealthyRetailSF Program, in partnership with the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition, completed another corner store reset/redesign in early August -- at Fox Market in the Tenderloin. Fox Market has received a new produce refrigerator, produce shelves, metro shelving, as well as price and healthy promotional signage - where there was once just sodas and other sugary beverages. Produce, new products and healthy snacks are now being sold! http://banpac.org/
Before and after photos (inside store)
Before and after photos (outside store)
|By Marianne Szeto
Bay Area Moves (BAM!)! is excited to announce that our Parks & Public Health Forum will be on September 21 at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
The event will feature dynamic speakers, interactive workshops, and opportunities to network. In addition to offering a variety of topics such as parks, partnerships, and community health, we have received requests to include more education on physical activity programming for the non-PA professional.
|By Janna Corderio, MPH
Healthy Beverage Consultant
As the summer winds down and the kids go back to school, the conversation about sugary drinks continues to heat up.
American Heart Association Recommends New Limits on Added Sugars and Sugary Drinks for YouthIn late August, the American Heart Association released strong new guidelines recommending added sugar limits for kids and teens. In summary:
Some news about the recommendations can be found here:
New Study from Berkeley Researchers Suggests Soda Tax is WorkingA new study coming from researchers at UC Berkeley suggests that the first-ever US soda tax passed by a city is working.
Researchers surveyed residents of low-income neighborhoods in both Berkeley and San Francisco prior to the soda tax passing in Berkeley in November 2014 and found that on average residents in both cities consumed about 1 ¼ sugary drinks a day. After the soda tax was implemented, researchers went back to those same neighborhoods and surveyed residents. In San Francisco, where a soda tax did not pass, residents drank slightly more than they reported drinking in the previous year. However, in Berkeley, residents reported drinking 20% less sugary drinks than they had prior to the soda tax passing. These data are similar to the effects initially reported from the Mexico soda tax. This drop in consumption indicates that the tax may be working as public health advocates had expected and according to lead researcher Kristine Madsen “could have a huge public health impact.” Additional research to measure beverage sales and storeowner’s response to the tax will be released soon.
On-going research is needed to evaluate the impacts of soda taxes on small businesses, consumer perception of sugary drinks, consumption patterns, and ultimately the prevalence of chronic diseases.
For more news about this groundbreaking research, see:
Youth Enrichment Program Coordinator Job Announcement
Resources for Community Development (RCD), a leading regional nonprofit developer and owner of affordable housing, is currently recruiting for a full-time, non-exempt Youth Enrichment Program Coordinator to work in Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville. The Youth Enrichment Program Coordinator will be responsible for managing and overseeing the Homework Club and all enrichment activities for the youth living at RCD’s affordable housing sites, including the site to which he/she is assigned. This work entails producing ongoing age-appropriate activities and experiences for youth. Learn more here.