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Dear Shape Up SF Member,
As we rapidly approach spring, thoughts of good weather are top of mind... despite the fact that the rain, rain won't go away. I urge you to come out and play with us at Sunday Streets; this Sunday March 20 on the Embarcadero launches the 2011 season! For the full schedule check out www.sundaystreetssf.com.
On the active note, I'm excited to highlight the work of the PE Advocates (PE-A). With the SFUSD PE Department as members, the PE-A are committed to increasing the quality and quantity of physical education - especially in the elementary schools which for the most part don't have credentialed PE Specialists to provide daily PE. The evidence is resoundingly clear that physical activity is important for executive function in the brain; when you're talking about closing the achievement gap, PE should be one avenue to help kids get moving and learning. The California Obesity Prevention Program funded Shape Up SF to assess the state of PE in SFUSD. Our partners, UCSF, are in the midst of data collection now at elementary, middle and high schools throughout the city. When the data are analyzed, we'll begin to develop policies that will help increase PE. The policy recommendations will then be shared, with the research findings at a Forum this summer, headlined by SPARK book author Dr. John Ratey. We're thrilled to see this work moving forward.
We're also thrilled to thank for their innovative way to help us raise funds for our PE efforts. Sports Basement is donating 100% of the proceeds of an Asics shirt for sale at their stores. They have committed at least $10,000 to help us move this work forward. Thank you!
The PE-A are a group of committed members including the SFUSD PE department and Student Support Services, Y, SFSU, UCSF, Police Activities League, District PTA, Playworks, ING Run for Something Better and of course Sports Basement.
We encourage you to join us! To follow our work more closely, visit us at www.shapeupsf.org/PE to join our new PE Action Listserv and help us improve the quality of PE in our public schools. If your organization would like to endorse PE-A efforts, please click here.
To that end, I wish you happy spring and lots of fun movement.
What is Shape Up SF doing?
Shape Up SF Walking Challenge
Thanks to Shape Up SF's
By Amy Portello Nelson
Shape Up SF was also pleased to see that at least 21 teams participated in the Citywide Kickoff Event, which provided some great peer motivation and a great prize each team received for reporting their event! Teams from all over the City (and beyond) sent in photos and stories telling how they kicked off the Walking Challenge. School Liasons told of parents who heard about the Challenge from their child's school and were inspired to participate and start walking their child to school every day as a chance to model good behavior and spend more quality time with them. City departments reported how they gathered together people from multiple teams to walk together at lunch and get to know one another.Even the City College SF students and teachers decided to "walk the walk" and take an "Instant Recess" brain breaks during their nutrition class. (See photo gallery).
The Walking Challenge continues to motivate the community year after year. Please join this city-wide effort and take advantage of all the wonderful resources for physical activity around us!
Bike to School Day is 20 days away! We have run out of give-aways, which is a nice problem to have because that means we have 3,000 students who will be biking to school on April 7, 2011 for SF's 4th Annual Bike to School Day! Nearly 35 schools have signed up so far for this city-wide event.
Over the past month, SEFA and DPH staff have met with community stakeholders at the Bayview Renaissance to discuss ways of working with neighborhood liquor and corner stores to improve standards of business that impact the health and wellbeing of community residents. SEFA looks forward to continuing this partnership as a strategy to improve the retail environment for health and sustainability.
On March 5th, the SEFA Food Guardians partnered with the Bayview YMCA to have an informative outreach table at the 31st annual Black Cuisine event at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. The Food Guardians spoke with many community residents about food access issues in the Bayview, and approximately 50 people participated in an educational food systems game and won reusable grocery bags.
By Marianne Szeto
April 20 and May 4, 10-11:30 a.m. at 30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 2300
The 2011 Sunday Streets season starts THIS SUNDAY, March 20, along the popular Embarcadero route. Please note that there are a few changes to the program this year: new hours – starting and ending an hour later each day – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Revised program guidelines that create more opportunities for locally produced activities, performances and programs along each route; and a new route in Chinatown-North Beach – date to be determined.
Parents, summer is just around the corner. Why not have your child experience what thousands of kids do each summer? Rec and Park is offering 67 different summer camps this year, 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. Log onto www.sfrecpark.org today to browse our catalog and find out how to register. Get out and play!
Download the registration flyer (PDF)
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
The application deadline is April 8, 2011. Link to announcement, application form and more info.
Do you know a student interested in learning about a career in law enforcement?
Graduates of the Summer Cadet Academy will be placed in an internship at an SFPD District Station and/or SFPD Bureau starting this fall and continue throughout the school year. Cadets will have the opportunity to gain job and career skills in a structured environment supervised by police officers and will participate in police car ride-alongs, help at SFPD district station community events, and assist with station activity as needed. Additional benefits include college information partnerships with the University of San Francisco and City College of San Francisco. The program is designed to give participants hands-on job skills and leadership development experience and engage and encourage higher education for career development.
Please distribute and post this information to students at your school by encouraging students to attend an upcoming information session on April 7 6:00pm-7:00pm at 350 Amber Drive, San Francisco, Room 100.
The deadline for applications is April 22, 2011. Applications and additional flyers (English and Spanish) and SF Chronicle article about the program are available for download at www.sfpal.org/cadets. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-401-4669.