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Dear Shape Up SF Member,
I also want to remind you that we are in the process of readjusting our Coalition meetings. Our Steering Committee meets later this month to review the survey results and make a decision about subsequent Coalition meetings incorporating feedback from our Coalition members. What that means, is we will not be holding a Coalition meeting in October. Stay tuned to learn about our next meeting.
Our Shape Up SF partners have been hard at work organizing a successful Walk to School Day, wrapping up the PE assessment for a final release later this year, and conducting baseline assessments at small food retail stores in the Bayview. I'm keeping my piece short and sweet this month, so you can continue on reading about the great work happening.
2011 Walk to School Day Photos
Kids decorating "Visibility Crowns" to wear on their walk to school.
Two dogs joined Marshall students
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By Ana Validzic
Marshall Elementary in the Mission was kind enough to host the media event for Walk to School Day. We had a GREAT turnout at Marshall Elementary. Over 35 families came to KidPower Park and joined Mayor Ed Lee, Marshall principal Mr. Peter Avila, Supervisor Jane Kim, Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, and SF Recreation Parks Director Phil Ginsburg on a brisk walk to school.
Thank you to everyone who made the event at Marshall such a great success, especially:
most of all to MARSHALL Elementary - both staff and parents - for hosting us and highlighting how safe and fun walking to school can be!
Last year, the Shape Up SF PE Advocates worked with UCSF researchers to identify factors associated with a greater quantity of high quality physical education. The findings will be released later this year. In August, Shape Up SF hosted a series of PE Forums for administrators, teachers, parents, researchers, and community members to renew understanding of all the benefits of increased physical education and physical activity during the school day. Through the course of the assessment, the PE Advocates recognized that there are some teachers who are prioritizing physical education or who are incorporating physical activity during the school day. We want to recognize those teachers and share what strategies they are using to increase the amount of physical activity or physical education that their students receive during the school day.
Nominations for Excellence in Physical Education or Physical Activity during the school day.
WHEN: Nominations are due October 14, 2011.
HOW: Go to http://tinyurl.com/susf-nomination to submit a nomination.
The nominators that we select will each receive a $100 gift card to Sports Basement or Amazon, and the teacher(s) they nominate will be featured in case studies about how to successfully implement physical education or physical activity during the school day. OR they may opt to donate the $100 gift card to the school.
The deadline for nominations is October 14th.
For further information contact Marianne Szeto at email@example.com.
This community input process revealed a wealth of information, notably that most residents want to see:
As we begin working with other partners in the HEAL Zone to address these issues, SEFA and the Food Guardians will continue to focus our attention on efforts to work with retailers to have healthier products for sale in a welcoming atmosphere in local stores. As such, the Food Guardians have begun rating local grocery stores and corner markets using the SEFA Retail Standards for Health and Sustainability. These assessments will be done in over the next 6 weeks, and will be repeated annually.
Please join us at our next SEFA meeting on October 25, from 3:30-5pm at the Southeast Health Center at 2401 Keith Street.
What can I do?
The last Sunday Streets event of the year is happening on October 23 in the Mission. Mark your calendars and be sure to check www.sundaystreetssf.com for more details on the route and activities!
Food Day on October 24
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs for Food Day 2011. The campaign is backed by an advisory board comprised of anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians, public-health experts, animal-rights advocates, and other leaders.
sitSFGH Community Wellness Program Presents:
15th ANNUAL FOOD JUSTICE CONFERENCE WELCOMES BAY AREA RESIDENTS | Community Events Open and Free To The Public
California Food and Justice Coalition and Food First invite local communities to participate in the free events organized around the food justice movement this fall during the Community Food Security Coalition’s 15th Annual Conference Food Justice: Honoring Our Roots, Growing the Movement. Register for the conference by October 16 at www.communityfoodconference.org.
Community events offered at this year’s conference will be free and open to the public. The conference itself has a full roster of events including workshops, short courses, plenaries and food justice tours. Community events will supplement the conference with educational opportunities to learn about food justice and engage with other community members on the issues.
The community events will begin on Friday, November 4th with a Food Justice Film Festival at the Marriott. On Sunday, November 6th, there will be a Hunger Banquet and Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony and Fair. The Hunger Banquet lunch event, held at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, will demonstrate the inequities of our food system and food access in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the Food Sovereignty Prize Fair later that day at the Marriott, organizations from across the nation will host interactive booths that share information on food advocacy work and feature speakers and the recipients of this year’s Food Sovereignty Prize.
On Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th, there will be community workshops at The California Endowment that cover topics which include urban agriculture, indigenous communities and food security and rural food security. Also on Tuesday is a Soap Box event at Frank Ogawa Plaza, providing an opportunity for residents to hop on the soap box and share thoughts on food justice and food sovereignty. Throughout the conference, maps will be available for the public to enjoy a self-guided tour of the community gardens, urban agriculture and Community Supported Agriculture projects.
“This year we are bringing the conference into the community and the community into the conference. The grass shoots and the grass roots are going to come together in new and powerful ways to build a better food system” said Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First.
For more details about these events, please visit the website.
About Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy