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March 2017

Dear Shape Up SF Member,

Change always starts on the ground and with the powerful body of Shape Up San Francisco consistently expanding capacity in our communities, we have a great opportunity to ensure the current political context does not negatively impact the most vulnerable populations. 

Our war of independence against England was fought on the ground because the monarchy would not provide the necessary freedoms and representation needed by the thirteen colonies. We fought a civil war on the ground to ensure that the basic rights of American citizenship would be enjoyed by all human beings regardless of race. Women fought on the ground to gain constitutional inclusion as full citizens of the United States. Two World Wars were fought on the ground in order to preserve freedom from despots and dictatorship. 

We will continue to fight on the ground to ensure social justice, accessible healthcare, education and economic security are in place for all San Franciscans.  I am proud of the ongoing commitment and work of Shape Up San Francisco and our accomplishments over the past ten years.  

Let’s continue to mobilize and make a difference. If you would like to help us make that difference, please sign up to volunteer with us.

- Chuck Collins, Shape Up SF Co-Chair

In This Issue...
Bike & Roll to School Week

Family Biking Workshop

Healthy Retail SF

High Blood Pressure Program

June Jordan School for Equity Community Kitchen Grand Opening
National Parks Rx Day

PE Advocates

Rec and Park

Rethink Your Drink

Sunday Streets

Walk SF

HRSF crop logoBy Jessica Estrada

The HealthyRetailSF Program is currently accepting applications for new stores in 2017 - please see website for more information. Participating HRSF stores receive equipment to sell produce and healthier food, business support and training, as well as marketing and connections to community partners. 
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 A "Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community" press event will take place on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:00am at Radman's Produce Market (in the Tenderloin) to release local assessment data and celebrate healthy retail successes in San Francisco.  RSVP here. Go here for more information:
"Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community" is a state-wide healthy retail campaign, and on March 8th, 13 coordinated press events will take place all over the state of California. 
 Safe-Routes-SF-logo-COLORBy Nancy Buffum

Get Ready to Roll! San Francisco Bike & Roll to School Week is April 17-21, 2017

Everyone is invited to roll for Bike & Roll to School Week, the annual celebration of biking as a safe, healthy and fun way to get to school. Whether a beginning bicyclist or experienced rider, pick one day to roll to school April 17-21, or bike the whole week! We encourage all kinds of rolling, including wheelchair, scooter, skateboard, bus or transit so that everyone is included. San Francisco public and private schools from preschool through high school are welcome to join the fun. Teachers and parents participate as riders, organizers, bike-to-school leaders, and welcome table volunteers in the schoolyard. Parents or school staff members: sign up your school today.
bike to school

Want to improve your skills before you bike to school? There are FREE learn-to-ride events and on-road practice rides in March and April at parks and playgrounds all over the city. See the schedule of Family Biking events. SF Bike & Roll to School Week is sponsored by SF Safe Routes to School and organized by the SF Bicycle Coalition.
Walk SFBy Nicole Ferrara

In concert with Walk SF's continuing advocacy citywide for Vision Zero to fix the most dangerous streets in the city, in 2017 the Walk SF team will work to update policies to ensure sustainable transportation is prioritized, and increase the number of children walking and biking to school through the Safe Routes to School Partnership. 
In addition staff will also lead a number of advocacy campaigns. Walk SF is pleased to share the following campaigns for 2017:
Each one of these projects is at an early enough stage that community input can directly shape not only their successful adoption, but also the specific types and quality of improvements that will be included. In other words, the community can have a real and direct impact in creating more walkable, transit-friendly, and most of all, safe streets in the neighborhoods where you live, work, shop, and play.
Get involved with one or more of the projects based on your interests and make your voice heard to win safe streets, and a healthier, more livable community!
Sign up for Walk SF’s e-newsletter to stay tuned for updates from Walk SF to learn more about how to make your voice heard through surveys, open houses, workshops, educational walks, public hearings, and more! 

To get more involved and help reclaim streets as safe, shared public spaces everyone can enjoy, contact the Walk SF Team

Job Opportunity

Walk SF - Executive Director
Walk San Francisco seeks a results-driven, collaborative, experienced leader to lead a dynamic and effective non-profit organization working to make walking in San Francisco safe and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity to guide a rapidly growing organization to the next level, have an impact on the City of San Francisco, and continue to serve as a model of pedestrian safety advocacy for the rest of the nation. See job announcement for more information.
By Audrey Roderick

June Jordan School for EquityUrban Sprouts, and their network of partners are working to build an inclusive and just food system. Join them on May 6 from 1-4pm to celebrate the grand opening of the June Jordan School for Equity Community Kitchen. See an awesome Aztec dance performance by Danza Xitlalli, tour the kitchen, enjoy a delicious garden lunch, and much more!

The event is free, but you must register to reserve your spot!

The June Jordan School for Equity Community Kitchen, built by LMNOP Design, is the first of its kind, run completely off-the-grid, and will provide opportunities for our community to grow, eat, and share together.

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RPDBy Ryan Kelly

Registration for spring classes begins Saturday, March 4-- online and at 13 sites around the city. Sign up the entire family for exciting programs, including Quidditch, Ballroom Dancing and Active Art for toddlers.

 Day Camp

In addition, it's not too early to think about summer! Summer Day Camp registration begins March 18 at 10 a.m.-- online and at 13 sites around the city. This summer, your kids will have the choice of more than 80 different camps, including traditional camps like Pine Lake and Silver Tree, as well as exciting new camps like Rock Climbing, Urban Pickers Camp at Alemany Farm, and girls sports camps.
Visit website for more information.

Register for programs here.
NEW SS LogoBy Katy Birnbaum

Sunday Streets kicks off its 9th year on March 12, providing a monthly space where neighbors, small businesses, government agencies and the nonprofit Livable City collaborate to transform car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for all to enjoy. The 2017 season’s eight events will be held between March and October in diverse neighborhoods across San Francisco, featuring more cultural offerings and health and wellness programming than ever before. 

Exhibitor Registration Now Open

Want to share your project or service with the community? Join the fun at Sunday Streets as an Exhibitor! The deadline to register is two weeks prior to each event. Click here for more information

Sunday Streets 2017 Schedule of Events

Date     Neighborhood
March 12 Mission
April 9 Bayview/Dogpatch
April 30 Tenderloin
June 11 Sunset
July 16 Mission
August 20 Tenderloin
September 10 Western Addition
October 1 Excelsior
By Arielle N’Diaye

National Park Prescription Day is two months away! The event will be held at Crissy Field on Sunday, April 23 from 11am-3pm. Over 3,000 participants are expected!
If your agency is interested in tabling for free at this event, please fill out this web form. Agencies will be provided with a 10x10 tent, a table, and table linens (that will be set-up ahead of time). Agencies tabling at this event will be responsible bringing their own collateral. In addition to signing up to table at this event, this web form is also a space for interested agencies to sign up to lead an activity at this event.
About the Park Prescription Day:
The Institute at the Golden Gate, in partnership with HPHP: Bay Area and it’s San Francisco-based partners, will be hosting a large event at Crissy Field to celebrate National Park Prescription Day. This event will feature health screenings, family-friendly activities, guided walks, and much more. 
If you have any questions about the Park Prescription Day please email Andiaye.

RYD Logo CMYKBy Janna Cordeiro, MPH
Healthy Beverage Consultant

Checking in on San Francisco’s Healthy Vending Law

Last May, SF Supervisors voted 10-1 to require food and drinks sold in vending machines on City property to meet basic nutritional standards. In other words, sugary drinks and junk food are banned. Specifically, no items can have more than 200 calories per serving, more than 240 milligrams of sodium, and no more than 35% of the calories can come from fat. Candy is prohibited except for sugar-free mints and gums, and chips are also excluded unless they are baked or pretzels.
However, passing a policy is only one part of the solution: ensuring policies are implemented properly is often a bigger challenge. Staff from the San Francisco Department of Public Health have developed an easy to use assessment tool, and trained a small cohort of staff to see how well the policy has been implemented on DPH property. Vending machines located at ZSFGH and Laguna Honda were not assessed because hospital staff are doing a major overhaul to ensure compliance and to create healthy environments for the patients, visitors and staff. Results from the assessment will be shared with the Healthy Vending Taskforce this month, along with challenges and successes implementing the new policy. We’ll share the results in an upcoming newsletter.
For more information about why healthy vending policies are important and how to implement them, go here and here.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to Remove Sugary Drinks

Congrats to the leaders at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for taking the bold step to remove sugary drinks from the cafeteria and eateries at the hospital. Beginning March 1, 2017 the hospital will no longer sell sugary sodas, juice drinks, energy drinks, or sweetened teas or coffee. To celebrate, the hospital held a kick-off event in the cafeteria with healthier drink samples, free water bottles and healthy cookbooks, and performances from the dynamic poets from The Bigger Picture.  As more hospitals and clinics remove sugary drinks, and replace them with healthier drink options, patients and staff will benefit from a healthier environment where making the healthier choice is a lot easier. Well-done UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland!

Update on San Francisco and California’s Warning Label Laws

The next hearing for San Francisco’s Warning Label law for sugary drink ads is scheduled for Monday, April 17th at 1pm in Courtroom 3 in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals located at 95 7th Street in San Francisco.
As the American Beverage Association and their allies continue to challenge San Francisco’s law to require warning labels on sugary drink advertising, this hearing will be held by the appeals court to determine if the law should be put on hold while the case is making its way through the courts. Last May, Judge Chen ruled against the beverage and advertising industry determining that the law could go forward. The beverage industry appealed the ruling, and so the law has been on hold until the appeal was heard. After the April 17th court date, the appeals court will deliver a ruling, and if the City continues to win, the industry can appeal the ruling one more time in the 9th circuit court of appeals. If the City doesn’t win the appeal, the law will be put on hold until the case makes it through the courts, or one side drops the case. We will keep you updated. For more information, go here.
This past month, California Senator Bill Monning (D-Monterey) introduced a bill to require warning labels directly on sugary drinks (in contrast to the SF legislation which puts warnings on advertisements). The law would put warning labels on beverages sold in California that have added sugars and have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. Just like the San Francisco legislation, the warning would state that drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Senator Monning has introduced similar bills in the past and is hopeful that the momentum and awareness gained by the soda tax campaigns in California and beyond will help build support for this bill. For more information, go here.

Soda Taxes Around the US

What U.S. jurisdictions are considering soda
taxes in 2017? What is taxed and not taxed, and how will the revenue be spent? For an overview of all the proposed soda tax laws in the US right now, check out the Center for Science and the Public Interest’s (CSPI’s) new chart here.
AHABy Lisa Bellini

There are nearly 80 million Americans with hypertension.
  • 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure
  • Of the patients that are aware and are being treated for high blood pressure, almost half are not at goal. Current rate of patients with blood pressure in control is 54%.
  • High blood pressure, or hypertension, is an independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke, but even a 5 mmHg decrease in blood pressure can reduce mortality due to heart disease and stroke by 9% and 14% respectively (INTERSALT, Hypertension, 1991).
  • Hypertension disproportionately affects the African- American community with over 45% of African-American males and 46% of African-American females affected by high blood pressure compared to a national rate of 33%.
The AHA/ASA launched the first phase of The High Blood Pressure program in August 2012, with a focus on top markets nationwide. The purpose of this program is to eliminate high blood pressure as a health disparity among Americans and help achieve the goal of improving cardiovascular health by 20%, while reducing cardiovascular mortality by 20% by 2020 (AHA 2020 Impact Goal).

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sfbcBy Nancy Buffum

FREE San Francisco Family Biking Workshops!

All workshops take place 11:00AM-2:00PM
Learn to Ride with YBike
Children of all ages and skill levels welcome: we provide bikes of all sizes and equipment.
Test Ride a Family Bike
Parents: learn about bike gear and try out a family bike with seats for children.
Neighborhood Ride at 1:30 p.m.: On Road With Your Family
Adults and children: bring your own bike and helmet. 

Upcoming Family Biking Workshops:

  • Saturday, March 11: ER Taylor Elementary School
  • Saturday, March 18: Rosa Parks Elementary School
See FULL calendar

Contact Nancy for more information.

Contact Janelle for information in Chinese.
83_PEadvocatesSquareLogo_cmyk_printBy Dedriana Lomax

In January, members of the Uniting Parents for Physical Education (UPPE) team presented at an African American Parents Advisory Council meeting. Currently, team members are scheduling physical activity sessions at schools in the Southeast sector. Through these sessions, UPPE is continously promoting the importance of PE.

UPPE is also developing new outreach materials. These materials will feature the staff, parents, and students of the schools that have participated in our workshops. 

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.

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