Dear Shape Up SF Colleagues,
The Shape Up 10 Year Anniversary is quickly approaching. I hope that you will join us in celebrating a decade of progress in our collective efforts on October 13th at the Green Room, SF War Memorial. We'll have an all-day symposium, so join us whenever your schedule allows. Listen to champions of this good work as they highlight our collective successes and challenge us with a vision for the future. If you have not had a chance to register for this event, please do so now! Dr. Sandra Hernández, M.D., president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, will be our keynote speaker, and we will close with Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente.
We will hear from leaders across sectors, including local policymakers like SF Supervisor Eric Mar who helped pass cutting edge food and sugary drinks policies, or Liliana Chacon of San Francisco State's Real Food Challenge, who will discuss their first ever defeat of a pouring contract between their university and the Soda Corporations. Hear from community food justice leaders like Kenny Williams who have helped transform the food landscape of SF's low-income, communities of color to provide access to healthy foods. Learn from Vanessa Bohm of CARECENSF how promotoras (community health educators) are helping the Latino/ Indigena community of SF understand why public drinking water is the healthiest drink of choice.
In connection with the anniversary event, we are also hosting a week of HEALing (Healthy Eating Active Living) Activities October 9-16,2016. The week will begin with a ceremonial performance by Aztec Dance group Danza Xitlalli to honor the sanctity of water and to encourage the Mission community to use the new Hydration Stations that will be installed across San Francisco, as a result of our collective efforts. On Tuesday, youth can explore the Mission on bikes while learning about local history, environmental stewardship, active living, and healthy food facilitated by community educators at Good Samaritan. Community members will learn about local, healthy food resources, and about healthy drink choices at the Mission Community Market on Thursday. On Friday, seniors can learn safety tips and fall prevention exercises while going on a walk with “Safety Ambassadors” in the Tenderloin. The HEALing week will come to an exciting end with Sunday Streets in the Excelsior. So join us for dance, bike riding, healthy food and water, and a day of learning and discussion about what we've done well so far, and where we're going next, in this work to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for San Francisco.
See you there!
- Roberto A. Vargas, Shape Up SF Coalition Co-Chair
Over 13,000 San Francisco children at 95 schools took to their feet, trekking up and down hills, through neighborhoods and across streets this morning as they made their the way to school with their parents and school mates as part of walking school buses on October 5, 2016, to celebrate the 20th Annual International Walk and Roll to School Day.
This year, families at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School in the Outer Sunset were met by a special guest—in addition to walking to school with Mayor Ed Lee, District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, and other City leaders—students were greeted for the first time by San Francisco’s Vision Zero Hero! Draped in a crosswalk cape and armed with 15 MPH school speed limit signs and speed detectors, the Vision Zero Hero led the children with a safety cheer as they walked and wheelchair rolled from Parkside Square to school.
“We have lowered the speed limits around our schools and continue to engineer our streets to make them safe,” said Mayor Lee. “Because whether our City’s students walk, bike, take the bus or carpool to school, their safety is our number one priority.”
"We know from research that children who walk or roll to school are healthier from the exercise, and many of them get other benefits as well, including important bonding time with the family and friends who accompany them,” said Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh. “I myself walk to work every morning. I love having this time to reflect and plan about the day ahead of me."
San Francisco’s Vision Zero Hero agrees, “I’m here as your champion to ensure that San Francisco is a place where everyone—from one to 100 years-old—can walk safely on our streets.”
|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.
1st Saturday Health Party: Rafiki Wellness, 601 Cesar Chavez Street San Francisco, CA 94124
October 1, Saturday morning 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Nutrition: Chef Annabelle
Move and Groove: Join us for a fun and soulful workout!
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Saturday mornings 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. w/Karma
Nia: Healing movement infused with African dance and exercise!
October 4, 11, 18, 25, Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. w/Farcia
Tai-Chi: Gentle and purposeful movement for the community!
October 5, 12, 19, 26, Wednesday mornings 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. w/Zochi
October 5, 12, 19, 26, Wednesday mornings 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Art and Healing: A fun and creative experience that incorporates artistic healing!
October 27, Thursday evening 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. w/Dr. Nzinga
Healthy Hearts: Energizing movements and sequences with a little Zumba twist!
October 6, 13, 20, Thursday evenings 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. w/Bontlé
October 27, Thursday evening 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. w/Bontlé
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Acupuncture, massage, reflexology, and chiropractic services offered!
October 6 Thursday evening 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Eat Well, Live Well: Healthy food demonstration!
October 13, Thursday evening 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. w/Chef Raheemah
October 20, Thursday evening 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Acupuncture – Monday - Thursday | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, 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.
|By Jessica Estrada
This September, the HealthyRetailSF Program, in partnership with the Bayview Food Guardians and the Healthy Southeast Coalition, completed a corner store reset/design at Palou Market Market (4919 3rd St.) in the Bayview. Palou Market has received new adjustable metro shelving, merchandising training, as well as price and healthy promotional signage; Ali, the store owner, has also invested on his own in a larger produce refrigerator. A larger variety of produce, new products and healthy snacks are now being sold! See the HealthyRetailSF Program website for before & after photos.
|By Carly Curiel
Save the Date: Scaregrove 2016 on October 28
Scaregrove, our annual family-friendly Halloween event at Sigmund Stern Grove, happens on Friday, October 28, from 3-9 p.m., featuring costume contests, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and live entertainment. $8 per person; children under 2 years old are free. Stay tuned for more information!
|By Dedriana Lomax
Uniting Parents for Physical Education (UPPE) partners have been recruiting parents to become PE champions. Our partners will be hosting the first parent leadership development training at Malcolm X on October 7. Parent PE champions will learn how to use their voice to raise the value of PE at their child(s) school and throughout the district. Later this month, parent champions will begin sharing what they have learned at AAPAC and BOE meetings.
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.
|By Emily Turpin
ADVANCE AND ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.
I am very happy to be involved in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program! I took the quiz to see if I was at risk for pre-diabetes and as it turned out, I was. I started the program in January and it has taught me to choose foods wisely and reduce fat and sugar in my diet. With my group’s support and encouragement, I’ve lost 15 pounds, I’m eating much better and exercising more. –Rodney, YMCA of San Francisco
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year lifestyle intervention program designed to help adults at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to lower their risk and gain tools for healthy living. Participants attend 25 one-hour sessions over the course of a year and learn strategies for healthy eating, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight to reduce risk for diabetes. To qualify, you must be 18 or older, overweight (BMI ≥25), and at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Classes are available in English and Spanish and begin in October 2016.
Refer your patients now!
For questions or more information, contact:
Emily Turpin at 415-281-6702.
For Spanish, contact: Michael Caldera at 415-281-6760
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!!
|Janna Cordeiro, MPH
Healthy Beverage Consultant In 2015, San Francisco passed a ground-breaking law to require warning labels on advertising for sugary drinks. While the law is being challenged in court by the beverage industry, research into the effectiveness of warning labels on sugary drinks is growing. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, found that teenagers are 17% less likely to choose sugary drinks when these products contain warning labels. Furthermore, more than 65% of the 2,000+ teenagers surveyed are in favor of warning labels. This mirrors recent polling that 78% of California voters are also in favor of warning labels on sugary drinks. According to CSPI’s Health Promotion Policy Director Jim O’Hara, “Providing this kind of information is a classic public health intervention that has been used to minimize environmental exposure to toxins, increase sanitation to prevent food-borne illnesses, and reduce the use of tobacco products.” As a parent of a teenager, I welcome any help I can get to support my hard work as a parent trying to keep my child healthy, and am encouraged by this emerging research that demonstrates the effectiveness of warning labels.
UCSF Team Publish Papers Exposing Sugar Industry’s Role in Shifting Heart Disease Blame from Sugar to FatThis month, a team of researchers from UCSF led by former dentist Cristin Kearns, released a paper exposing the role the sugar industry played in manipulating the science and the conversation about the risk factors for heart disease. The paper received significant media attention and is shining a spotlight on the role of industry in academic research and policy. To read more, go to the UCSF initiative Sugar Science or New York Times article here. If you haven’t seen the documentary that features these UCSF scientists, check out Sugar Coated, which is now available on Netflix. Don’t miss this upcoming health fair focused on educating the San Francisco Chinese community about the dangers of overconsumption of sugar. Please share with your networks.
Event: 21st Chinatown Community Health Fair
Date: October 15, 2016, Saturday
Location: Chinatown YMCA, 855 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
The event is co-organized by Asian Women's Resource Center and NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health CPMC, Asian Health Collaborative, Chinese Community Health Plan, Dignity Health, Portsmouth Square Parking Garage, and KTSF.