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Dear Shape Up SF Member,
Welcome to Shape Up SF's May newsletter! Our annual Walking Challenge has ended, but as we've heard over the years, the Challenge has served as a launch for people to start up and keep an exercise routine. We're hoping this is true for you as well. Shape Up SF loves to celebrate success, and so we invite you to come to our Walking Challenge closing celebration at Sports Basement on Thursday, May 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Replete with prizes, food, child and adult-friendly beverages and music - our closing celebration is a low key and fun way to acknowledge your strides! I think it's also important to recognize that our Gold Medal Partner, Sports Basement, offers their venue and the treats in kind, IN ADDITION to offering all party goers a 20% discount off their shopping that evening.
On that note, I urge you to check out (and consider buying) the ASICS t-shirt that Sports Basement is selling. All the profits of those shirt sales go to support our PE Advocates' work. The shirts are colorful and bright... (as is the young lady holding the model shirt).
May marks the end of school this year, so our Safe Routes to School is in the midst of collecting walking surveys; it also marks the beginning of our push to RETHINK YOUR DRINK. The RYD launch takes place on May 19th at Rosa Parks Elementary School - right before our party at Sports Basement - so make it a Shape Up Day and join the festivities.
Stay active and healthy!
What can I do?
Shape Up SF did a Sugar Savvy demo for nearly 300 organizations on Friday, May 13, for the Summer Learning Network.
Asics t-shirts at Sports Basement. 100% of the proceeds will support Shape Up SF's PE Forum.
Active Transportation advocates ask Senator Feinstein to co-sponsor SB 800 to protect funding for walking and biking programs like Safe Routes to School.
Thanks to our Gold Medal Partners:
By Amy Portello Nelson
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 Shape Up SF Walking Challenge. This year's program was a great success! We kicked last year's numbers out of the park with our incredible participation this year. We had a total of 2,997 participants (nearly 200 more than last year) who logged enough physical activity to equal 347,737 miles! That's the equivalent to walking 14 times around the Earth. Last year's numbers were only about 10 times around the Earth, so we added almost 100,000 miles this year. It's incredible to see how committed everyone was to the program, both past participants and those adopting the program for the first time. Congratulations especially to the 94 teams who completed the 1,016 mile challenge within the 10 weeks and our TOP TEAM, the SUNSET STARS who logged a record 26,467 miles!!! For all teams that completed the Challenge, check your mailbox for a special team prize!
To everyone, thank you so much for your dedication and remember that the website is LIVE year-round for your use. If it helps you stay motivated, keep logging those miles at
Shape Up SF also wanted to put in a final plug for our Closing Ceremony
DCYF is proud to once again sponsor the Summer Food Service Program in San Francisco from June 6-August 5, 2011. A financial contribution from
With just two weeks left in the school year, the SF Safe Routes to School Coailtion is busy wrapping up the last few bicycle and pedestrian safety classes at our 15 Safe Routes to School sites.
The PE Advocates are working on logistics for the PE Forum in August where Dr. John Ratey, author of SPARK: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain, will keynote, and where we will share the results of the PE assessment and policy recommendations to support SFUSD in meeting state mandates for PE.
SEFA was lucky to have a Rachel Pringle from Green Schoolyard Alliance at the April monthly SEFA meeting. The group learned about the status of school gardens in the Bayview, and is hoping to find ways to be engaged with these important venues for teaching about food and nutrition within schools.
The SEFA Food Guardians were excited to be invited to speak with youth in the Bayview YMCA's Just4Girls program, in order to teach about nutrition and the community food environment.On April 28, three of the Food Guardians led a workshop about the amount of sugar in different snack foods, and the effect of excess sugar upon health. They spoke about ways to incorporate healthier snacks into their diet, and how important is is to demand that local stores carry foods that support our health.
The Food Guardians also got more involved with gardens themselves this month as they planted their first demonstration kitchen garden at the Bridgeview Teaching and Learning Garden, at Revere St. and Bridgeview St in the Bayview. This educational community garden is part of the Quesada Gardens Initiative, and the Food Guardians planted their first crop of spring and summer vegetables into the garden beds this May. Come by and visit the garden to see for yourself!
By Marianne Szeto
On Thursday, May 19, at 4 p.m., Rosa Parks Elementary School on 1501 O’Farrell St at Webster, seniors from the Bayview Adult Day Health Center and student artists from the San Francisco Unified School District and Wu Yee Children’s Services will be taking bows as the winners of the “ReThink Your Drink” poster contest and kick off for San Francisco’s annual Soda Free Summer. Shape Up SF will be providing a jumpy house for the youth to enjoy.
At Thursday’s press event, 11 of the senior artists and students from the SFUSD and Wu Yee Children’s Services will be on hand to beam, have their photos taken next to their winning poster entries and receive congratulatory remarks from representatives from the USDA and members of the San Francisco CNAP. Highlights of the series of Healthy Snack parties held in SFUSD classrooms to celebrate the “ReThink Your Drink” campaign will also be on display,
This summer marks the fourth “Soda Free Summer” in not only San Francisco, but across the Bay Area where thousands of participants have taken the pledge to be soda free and to replace their soda consumption with water. Visit www.sodafreesummer.org for more information about the campaign.
Food Systems Updates By Paula Jones
Background: The school meals program is the largest meal provider in the city, serving 28,000 meals each school day. For many low-income children, it is a critical source of nutrition— yet many students do not participate, impacting their health and readiness to learn. SFUSD has made major improvements to school meals since 2004. The district has eliminated trans fats, now offers salad bars and other fresh fruits and vegetables daily, and uses whole grain pastas and breads. Adding a “Point of Sale” system has sped up the line while improving fiscal tracking and reducing social stigma. They have also provided more meal choices to students at middle and high schools. These enhancements have made school meals more accessible, fresher, and appealing to students— but significant opportunities remain.
How can school meals be improved? With full support of SFUSD, the SF Food Bank hired a consulting firm to study and make recommendations for improving the program (no district funds were spent on consultants). The firm has worked with many districts on food service programs. They’ve already completed a week long site visit to SFUSD interviewing district, school and cafeteria staff, parent representatives and community leaders, in addition to observing school lunch periods. Final recommendations are expected in fall 2011 and will be shared with the Board of Education and the public.
How You Can Help: Complete the survey and encourage others to do the same— the more people participate, the more the study will reflect the interests of the community. Particularly critical are the opinions of parents, whether or not their children currently eat school meals. Parents, students and school staff can complete the survey online at www.prismaticservices.com/sanfrancisco.html. The Parent Survey is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
What can I do?
CCPHA releases study to determine how much revenue each county would get from a $.01 per ounce tax on soda in California.
Get out and play this summer with SF Rec and Park! By Elton Pon