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Dear Shape Up SF Member,
Patience is critical to the work that we do, because most of our efforts need time to take root. With that in mind, we at Shape Up SF like to celebrate successes be they big or small. Most recently, we were thrilled that Shape Up SF passed Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional office’s nomination process and were invited to apply to their Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zone grant. Whether or not we get funded, I find it noteworthy and uplifting that our efforts are recognized by Kaiser Permanente. We’ll hear in June if we are successful!
The issue of calorically sweetened beverages remains a focus of our efforts; and we have allies across the country working on reducing consumption of such drinks. The Center for Public Health Advocacy has once again worked with our state legislators (Assemblymember Bill Monning) to introduce a soda tax (AB669). A recent statewide Field Poll shows nearly 60% of Californians identify childhood obesity as a "serious problem" and a majority of the state’s voters support the concept of a soda tax to fund the fight against childhood obesity.
Shape Up SF has also been working closely with UCSF’s Bay Health Improvement Project, whereby UCSF is leading a collaborative process to bring the wealth of knowledge and experience residing in UCSF to our city and community efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Three areas of focus have evolved from the process thus far: increasing opportunities for physical activity, decreasing unhealthy and increasing healthy food access, and increasing breastfeeding. We welcome this process as another way to build on Shape Up SF’s efforts.
I urge you to consider going to San Diego to attend the Childhood Obesity Conference in at the end of June 2011 – more information here: http://www.childhood-obesity.net/
And lastly, lace up those walking shoes (slip into your bathing suit, grab your racket, etc.) because the last day of February kicks off our annual Walking Challenge! Invite your friends, neighbors and colleagues to start a team!
- Christina Goette, Shape Up SF
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USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon visited E.R. Taylor Elementary School
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There's still time to sign up a team or join one! Shape Up San Francisco challenges you, your family, neighbors, and colleagues to get moving with the annual Walking Challenge . Get a team together and log your physical activity over the course of 10 weeks. Participants can be active on their own or with their teammates, but the goal is for the team's collective total activity to add up to 1,016 miles, the equivalent of the California coastline. So far over 50 teams have signed up, but we've still got a long way to go! The Challenge is a great motivator for movers and shakers of any age and ability level because it allows you to set your own goals and use whatever physical activity is most fun for you. Sign up today at www.shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.com!
San Francisco Bike to School Day is Thursday, April. 7. Join friends and families across San Francisco as they pedal together for the 3rd Annual San Francisco Bike to School Day Celebration. 3000 students at over 40 schools are expected to participate. To find out more information, which schools are riding, or to volunteer, visit our website: www.sfbiketoschoolday.org.
As you know, Shape Up SF has been funded by the California Obesity Prevention Program to increase physical activity through PE. Funding will support an assessment of the current status of PE and a PE Forum where we will share the results of the assessment, policy recommendations that will support the school district to meet state mandates for PE and that will help raise the value of PE among school administrators, teachers, parents, and youth.
The SEFA Food Guardians have been busy over the past month! The Food Guardians were invited to present their survey results and advocacy for improvements with the Foods Co. market on Williams St. at the HOPE Collaborative in Oakland in January. The people in attendance, from community-based organizations throughout Oakland, were very impressed with their community-based research and efforts to work with store management for bring healthier food and a better shopping experience to the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. In late January, the Food Guardians worked with researchers on a project to collect follow-up data that assessed 6 BVHP retail food stores on the variety of healthy food options that they stock. This data will be used to see if local stores change their product offerings as new grocery options move in to a neighborhood.
SEFA co-chairs, staff and a Food Guardian met with District 10's new supervisor, Malia Cohen, who was very supportive of SEFA's work and promised to collaborate in the future.
On Thursday, the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) will be holding its quarterly membership meeting in San Jose, and is very excited to have Harold Goldstein, Executive Director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy come speak about BANPAC's role in creating healthier communities.
On February 8, 2011, USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon visited E.R. Taylor Elementary School in Portola to commend their health and wellness programming. The visit coincided with the one year anniversary of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign which, much like Shape Up San Francisco, aims to end childhood obesity and chronic disease through environmental and cultural change. Mr. Concannon was joined by several USDA staff, SFUSD staff, CCSF staff and SFUSD Board of Education President, Hydra Mendoza, during his tour of the school.
SF ExCEL at E.R. Taylor and Sunset Elementary is one of only four programs in Northern CA to be a learning center as part of the Center for Collaborative Solutions' Healthy Behavior Initiatives. They host site visits, provide technical support and serve as a model school for helping other programs increase the healthy eating and physical activity of their students, staff and families. E.R. Taylor is also a regular participant in the Shape Up SF Walking Challenge and a new addition to the Safe Routes to School program.
Community Hubs - Family Bike Safety Training
Parents, summer is just around the corner. Why not have your child experience what thousands of kids do each summer? Rec and Park offers a variety of summer camps, including traditional camps like sports camps, Silver Tree and Pine Lake, and a number of new and exciting offerings like Action X Camp, Early Childhood camps, Camp Gourmet, Camp Azure, fishing camps, arts camps, Eco Adventure Camp and Camp Improv. Our catalog comes out in early March and registration begins March 19. Stay tuned! Log onto www.sfrecpark.org for more information.
To CBOs and school staff who work with teens: The two summer 2011 programs below – LINC and the Restoration Youth Crew, both run by the Parks Conservancy – are for youth ages 15-18, selective but not impossible to get into, and very welcoming to disadvantaged young people. Please share them with promising teens. The application deadline is April 8, 2011. More information and a link to the application are below.
Spend the Summer Working in a National Park
LINC (Linking Individuals to the Natural Community) > During this six week program, local students assist with service projects, attend leadership workshops, and take field trips to special park sites (like Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods). Projects and activities vary by week and include trail work, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. All activities are linked to park priorities and provide critical support to the park. Students also participate in a four day camping and service trip to Yosemite. High school students who are open to new experiences, eager to learn new skills, and interested in working outside are encouraged to apply. No previous experience necessary. Students will receive a $1,000 educational award and academic credit upon satisfactory completion of this six week program.
Restoration Youth Crew > This five week program is designed for students who have some experience and/or exposure to working outside. Students should be looking to deepen their outdoor experience and learn new skills while exploring and restoring local national park lands. Participants in this program will work alongside field staff from both the National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy on natural resource restoration projects throughout the parks. The program provides a combination of intensive service work and hands-on learning with a specific focus on ecology, restoration, and land management. To kick off the program, students will participate in a three day backpacking adventure. Students will receive an $850 educational award and academic credit upon satisfactory completion of this five week program
Link to announcement, application form and more info: http://www.parksconservancy.org/our-work/site-stewardship-program/about/summer-programs.html