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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

It's week 3 of the Shape Up SF Walking Challenge, so get some miles in at Sunday Streets! We've got 160 teams moving their way up the coast - join us now if you haven't already. It's never too late to join a team or start your own. Just go to

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 LOGO_greenWEB 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 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.

Christina Goette

What is Shape Up SF doing?

Shape Up SF Walking Challenge
Safe Routes to School - Bike to School Day
PE Advocates
Southeast Food Access
Rethink Your Drink

Get involved! Check out all of these opportunities to be active and get informed.

 March 2011

See you at our next
Shape Up SF Quarterly Meeting:

April 13, 2011
2-4 PM
1390 Market St., Suite 900

CCSF Nutrition Students and Teachers-Kickoff Event
City College nutrition class takes an "Instant Recess" break for the Walking Challenge.

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Team Orkia kicks off the Walking Challenge with a fun workout.

Supervisor Eric Mar speaks at Yale RUDD Center about creating access to healthier meal options. Listen to the podcast!

2011 Bike to School Day Contest Winners
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K-2 Winner, Brandon

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3-5 Winner, Colby

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6-8 Winner, Ashley

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strides2By Amy Portello Nelson

The Walking Challenge has hit its third week and is still adding new participants every day. Shape Up SF is proud to see that 2290 people on 158 teams have already walked a total of 44,086 miles (averaging 19.3 miles each) or 1.8 trips around the world! For those of you who have already signed up, don't forget to log your miles! Every little bit will help each team to reach their goal of 1,016 miles (the equivalent of the CA coastline) by the end of week 10. If you haven't signed up, it's not too late to visit to start or join a team today!

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!

BikeToSChool_ColorBike 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.

Congratulations to the winners of the poster contest - Brandon, Colby, and Ashley! This year's theme was "My Family Bike Ride". Check out the winners for the three grade brackets in the photo gallery to the right. 

We need volunteers for the day of the event. Volunteers may assist with chaperoning students and their familes to school or distributing materials and bicycle parking. For more information about Bike to School Day, visit

PEA-color 2By Marianne Szeto

As Christina mentioned in her intro, the PE Advocates are on track with the PE assessment and planning for a PE Forum this summer. We are especially excited about the growing list of organizations who have endorsed our work! Endorsements are critical to show policy makers that the community does value PE and all of its benefits for physical, mental, social and academic health. We will be calling on our endorsers to help promote our work to their respective communities. To sign on as an endorsing organization, fill out this form.

Some interesting articles in the news related to PE:
School would track fitness, keep kids longer
A local charter school in Cincinnati hopes to launch an ambitious program this fall that would keep students in school for 12 hours a day and track the impact of physical fitness on their grades. The Let's Move Academy for freshmen and sophomores at Dohn Community High School would be the first in the region - and perhaps the nation - to track and tie health to academics, school officials say.

Albany school district loses PE appeal
"The state Supreme Court denied a Contra Costa County school district's appeal Wednesday of a ruling that requires elementary schools in California to provide three hours and 20 minutes of physical education every two weeks. The suit was filed in 2009 by a third-grade student who claimed, through his lawyer, that the Albany Unified School District was violating his rights under state law by offering only two hours of PE every two weeks."
By Tracey Patterson

On February 17th, the SF Planning Commission unanimously approved an  ordinance  that would allow for streamlined procedures that encourage the growth of urban agriculture within the city. SEFA supported this ordinance, with the conditions that permit fees and fencing requirements should be relaxed, and that value-added products should be allowed to be sold on urban garden premises. SEFA will be monitoring the progress of this ordinance as it moves on to the Board of Supervisors.

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.

FoodGuardiansOn 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.

RTYD Brand 001By Marianne Szeto

We are pleased to have Valerie Azinheira as an intern for Shape Up SF through the month of May. Valerie will be focusing on strengthening our partnership with SF Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) by integrating Rethink Your Drink more seamlessly into their summer camp program.

Last year, RPD implemented a no soda policy for their summer camps that applied not just to campers, but to camp staff as well! We also worked with camp counselors to implement a Rethink Your Drink week where hundreds of campers participated in a poster contest.

As usual, we've scheduled two Sugar Savvy Train the Trainer Workshops this spring. Space is limited, so feel free to register today

April 20 and May 4, 10-11:30 a.m. at 30 Van Ness Ave., Suite 2300

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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.

Sunday Streets is a series of events put on by the City of San Francisco to encourage health, community and fun, inspired by similar events in cities throughout the world.  A Sunday Streets event creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on a predetermined Sunday. For more information, please visit

RPD 2Summer Camp Registration Begins Saturday, March 19!
By Elton Pon

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 today to browse our catalog and find out how to register. Get out and play!

ENACT 2011Register for 2011 ENACT Day and join community leaders from all parts of California, coming together in Sacramento to advocate for improved nutrition and physical activity environments.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Morning session, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento
Afternoon session: State Capitol, 10th Street and Capital Mall
Lunch will be provided! 

Download the registration flyer (PDF)

Childhood Obesity Conference

Spend the Summer Working in a National Park
This summer, you could be part of a team that works on outdoor service projects while exploring and learning about the local national park. Check out these two exciting program opportunities:

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?
This summer, PAL and the SFPD will be doubling the size of our PAL Law Enforcement Cadet program for youth by 50 new Cadets. The program includes an intensive 4-week Summer Cadet Academy and an internship and community service with SFPD during the school year.  

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  For questions contact or 415-401-4669.

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