|Dear Shape Up SF Partners,
Here we are in the month of November! As the “seasons” change I’m urging all to make an effort to go outside, take a walk, and enjoy being outdoors – one of the many benefits of living in the Bay Area.
Another pro of living where we do is the wide offerings of family-oriented activities. We hope everyone enjoyed the various Halloween/Harvest Celebrations last month. I know I did – my daughter was a monkey and my husband and I were bananas (yay fruit!). We also want to acknowledge those who are celebrating Dia de los Muertos, honoring the lives of deceased loved ones and inviting their souls to spend time with their friends and families.
Switching gears, the collective efforts of the SUSF Coalition are moving forward. Our phenomenal steering committee took part in a Racial and Social Justice Retreat facilitated by Jessica Brown from SFDPH’s Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI).
We were incredibly fortunate to experience Jessica’s expertise as she guided us through discussions around racial justice and health equity. Jessica highlighted that we are all striving for the same goals, and acknowledged the importance of understanding the lived experiences of the underserved communities we work with.
Collectively, we can ensure that our work values and recognizes diverse community members as true change agents when addressing preventable health disparities. Shout-out to Jessica, as well as the steering committee for the transparent dialogue and participation throughout the retreat!
Additionally, Jessica led us through a valuable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Discussion and Activity during the October Shape Up SF Coalition meeting. We analyzed what it means to strive for and achieve racial equity, and how we all can apply racial/health equity through our work. Many thanks to those that attended, and for the participation. These conversations are only the beginning of a process we hope to engage all of you in. Personally, I learned so much from Jessica and all of you. I feel so honored and grateful to be part of a group that is willing to embrace discomfort to engage in challenging conversations, broaching topics that are far too often swept under the rug during our day to day lives. I look forward to continuing to work together towards dismantling racism and uplifting social and health justice both within and outside of Shape Up.
Equity is paramount to the work of our action teams as well. The Capacity Building Action Team (CBAT) has been actively meeting with local nonprofits, community based organizations, and funders to understand existing assets and needs, and opportunities for the SUSF coalition to strengthen our impact. Currently, there are efforts in the works to develop a forum with nonprofits and funders to discuss strategies that will increase our collective impact on HEAL in the communities we serve. Stay tuned for opportunities to share your feedback and to get involved!
The Policy, Systems, and Environments Action Team (PSEAT) has been moving forward, addressing priority areas generated from the Coalition’s collaborative strategic planning efforts through an equity lens. Additionally, PSEAT has developed a timeline for these policy priorities. We have reason to celebrate, as last month Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation for healthier beverages in restaurant kids meals, making California the FIRST state to ensure that water or milk comes standard for kids. Our collective efforts will continue to strengthen policy initiatives moving forward to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Check out the PSEAT and CBAT webpages for upcoming meeting dates and times. We value your participation and input!
Lastly, the next Coalition meeting is Wednesday January 9th 2-4pm 25 Van Ness, room 70 (basement level)
We look forward to seeing you there next year. Thank you all for all that you do!
Sarah Fine, Shape Up SF Coalition Co-Chair
Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee (SDDTAC)
The general purpose of the Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors on the effectiveness of the Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax in Business Tax and Regulations Code Article 8. Visit www.sfdph.org/sddtac to download meeting agendas, minutes, and materials. If you would like to receive email reminders about upcoming SDDTAC meetings, please let us know.
Vacancy Notice for seats 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15 and 16. Interested persons may obtain an application from the Board of Supervisors’ website at http://www.sfbos.org/vacancy_application or from the Rules Committee Clerk, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689. Completed applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board. All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and, unless otherwise stated, residents of San Francisco.
Applicants who meet minimum qualifications, and have received a letter of nomination (for seats 6 and 15), will be contacted by the Rules Committee Clerk once the Rules Committee Chair determines the date of the hearing. Members of the Rules Committee will consider the appointment(s) at the meeting and applicant(s) will be asked to present their qualifications. The appointment(s) of the individual(s) who are recommended by the Rules Committee will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.
We need your help in our active search for a new Director of Public Health. You’ll find the position posted on the DHR site here. It is also posted on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Please help spread the word by going to and sharing with your networks. If you have suggestions about other organizations or websites we should work with to publicize the posting, please share them with firstname.lastname@example.org
These grants were made possible with funding from the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch of the SF Department of Public Health
Check out some of the current events happening with a few of the Culture of Health (COH) grantees below!
Gum Moon Residence Hall
Gum Moon/Asian Women’s Resource Center in collaboration with the Chinatown Public Health Center and Chinatown YMCA sponsors a series of Healthy Eating and Active Living workshops. Over 54 participants enrolled in the workshops. They are held every Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 AM from October 4th to December 13th at the Presbyterian Church of Chinatown.
In every workshop, participants work on 1 to 2 goals that they have learned from the class. There is a total of nine skills, ranging from building a healthy plate, increasing fruit and vegetables, increasing physical activity, low sugar low fat foods, reading food labels to healthy shopping and cooking skills. Participants love the vegetarian soup, making breakfast rolls from brown rice adding scrambled eggs , veggies, and grilled vegetables.
The last half hour is doing exercises that includes stretching, Yijin and light aerobics. Participants even formed their own WeChat group for better communication and sharing.
Drop by Thursday morning for a healthy snack, doing exercise, learning nutrition skills, making friends and sharing the laughter and fun of the HEAL class!
I Feel Good" Cohort 1
COH’s Grantee program - “I Feel Good!” focused on healthy cooking for the family and herbs for wellness this month. The students really loved learning about how to make healing mineral broth that has most of the needed daily essential minerals in just one cup. As well as learning about the accessible herbs that they can incorporate in their daily routine to help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Breakfast Bowls Herbal Tinctures Teaching Moments
The "I Feel Good!" series of wellness classes has been a huge success with many neighbors attending and learning about chronic illness prevention. This cohort is now closed, but don't worry, the next cohort will start in January 2019 with the same line up of classes and facilitators.
Broths and Mushrooms Food is Medicine
Healthy Cooking for the Family Demo Healing Mineral Broth
Registration for the second “I Feel Good!” cohort will start in November. Visit Community Well’s on Facebook to get upcoming registration information or visit
We are excited to be hosting our second Community Wellness Workshop this November. Workshops will be held at Project Commotion on Thursday 11/8 and Saturday 11/10 from 4-6pm. We will focus on the importance of a colorful diet and create movement opportunities at home.
Our Roly Poly Movement Labs are at capacity. We are starting enrollment for the Winter and Spring sessions already and have even allowed families to return to second cohorts. We've received positive feedback from the attendees and have enjoyed getting to know new community members.
Project Commotion's 10th Year Anniversary Fundraiser was a success! Thank you to all who contributed and celebrated with us!
Hunters View Wellness Center Grand Opening Nov 3
Unveiling UCSF's New Food Industry Documents Archive - Nov 15
This month, the HealthyRetailSF (HRSF) Program, in collaboration with The SF Market (formally known as The SF Wholesale Produce Market), hosted a tour and meet & greet of produce vendors. HealthyRetailSF participating store owners, community organizations, and members of the City-Wide Healthy Retail Workgroup attended the tour.
In addition to getting to know the space and vendors that supply fruits and vegetables throughout Northern California, tour participants had a special opportunity to shadow/learn from the owner of Mid City Market (HRSF participating corner store), Ehab, as he shopped for his corner store located in the Tenderloin. Buying tips, vendor relationships, and years of experience were shared with the group, and were especially valuable for the new HRSF store owners who are just starting to sell fruits and vegetables in their stores. The HRSF Program hopes to harness more mentorship opportunities like this, as the program continues to expand!
Immediately following The SF Market Tour, the HRSF Program hosted a Merchant Meeting of participating store owners from the Bayview, Tenderloin and Oceanview neighborhoods. The HRSF participating store owners were honored for their commitment in their communities, and had the opportunity to meet and discuss how the program can improve and provide more support to retailers in the future.
Update on the next HealthyRetailSF store redesign: Salem Market, located in the Tenderloin at 920 Geary Street, will be redesigned in November 2018. The new participating store will receive a produce refrigeration unit and metro shelving, allowing the store to sell a selection of fresh fruits & vegetables for the first time! Stayed tuned next month for updates and photos!
Walk and Roll to School Day 2018: Kids Get Moving With the Mayor
On Wednesday, October 10, thousands of schoolchildren across San Francisco participated in Walk & Roll to School Day. This year’s event marked a decade of the city’s Safe Routes to Schools program to help kids get to school in a safe, healthy, active way, and over 90 schools took part.
The Mayor leads the way
Mayor Breed and District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer joined 253 students and their families on the walk to Peabody Elementary.
Families met at the Richmond Library, where students received stickers and got ready to walk. As a special treat this year, all the students also got yellow Vision Zero superhero capes. The kids jumped and stretched in a lively game of this event's version of "Simon Says" — "Mayor Says!" — before heading out. Once at the school, the Mayor got serious, and emphasized her commitment to Vision Zero: the goal to end all traffic deaths by 2024.
“All of our students, regardless of which neighborhood they live in or which school they attend, should be able to safely walk or bike to school,” said Mayor Breed. “We are adding crossing guards across the City and I am pushing the SFMTA to expedite Vision Zero projects because we do not have time to waste. We need safer, more livable streets now.”
Safe streets benefit everyone
Jodie Medeiros, executive director of Walk San Francisco, applauded the Mayor’s action, saying “walking has to be safe in order to be fun. We look forward to more big strides from this city’s leadership,” said Medeiros, “to make the streets better for people on foot.”
Walk and Roll to School Day is run by Walk San Francisco as part of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School partnership.
Several more city and school leaders were there to cheer kids on, including SFUSD Superintendent Vincent Matthews, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Director Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Board Chair Cheryl Brinkman, Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco County Transportation Authority Director Tilly Chang, Police Department Commander David Lazar, and of course Peabody principal Willem Vroegh.
“Studies have found that walking to school helps children academically, not just physically,” said Principal Vroegh. “It can also be a great way for parents and kids to talk about the upcoming day. Helping students walk to school gives them
another tool for success.” -Photo credits: Jeffrey Gray
|Tips for a fun and healthy start to your school day
Children who get some of their needed daily exercise on the way to school arrive awake, alert and ready to learn. Try these strategies:
The primary goal of the 2018 U.S. Report Card is to assess the levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and health outcomes related to physical activity.
Follow the NAPA website to stay up to date!
|Raley's Pledges Healthier Checkout
Raley’s, the nation’s 27th largest grocer, pledged to reduce candy at checkout by 25 percent. This commitment is an encouraging second step by the retailer to improve checkout; in 2016, Raley’s eliminated sugar-sweetened soda near the register.
In their updated checkout lanes, Raley’s is replacing some candy with snacks such as granola bars and nuts and reducing the portion size of the remaining candy items. They join Aldi, CVS, Numero Uno, Northgate Gonzalez, and Coburn’s, which have also taken steps to improve food and beverage options at checkout.
Bike Share for All is the discounted annual membership to Ford GoBike available to people eligible for Muni Lifeline, Calfresh, or PG&E CARE. $5 for the first year membership entitles one to unlimited 60-minute, station-to-station, bike trips across San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and San Jose. Subsequent years of membership cost $5/month. Bike Share is a healthy, affordable and convenient choice for short trips. Bike Share for All makes the resource virtually free for people on a limited income. Ford GoBike is a public-private partnership operated by Motivate under contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). SFMTA assists with outreach and permits new stations. To request outreach materials or to arrange a presentation, contact Jeffrey Banks at email@example.com. See website for detailed program information.
California State Parks has released their Draft Application Guide for the $650 million Statewide Park Program to create new parks and recreation opportunities in underserved communities. The program is a historic opportunity to create new sports fields, courts, outdoor workout stations, fitness zones, running and walking tracks, playgrounds, performing arts stages, gymnasiums and aquatic centers, community gardens and more. Program Manager Viktor.Patino@parks.ca.gov and Supervisor Richard.Rendon@parks.ca.gov will be accepting comments about the Draft Application Guide until Friday, November 9. Click here for information
The eighth annual Lundberg Institute Lecture focuses on Gary Taubes' groundbreaking exposé, which makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives and making us very sick. Diabetes is more prevalent today than ever among Americans; obesity is at epidemic proportions. Nearly 10 percent of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The excessive consumption of sugar is at the root of these and other critical health problems.
Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, and more recently its overuse in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. He presents the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. Click here for more info!
- Huckleberry Youth Programs is hiring for their HART team
- Jefferson Union High School District: Daly City Youth Health Center Director
- American Heart Association is hiring: Community Advocacy Director (Oakland)
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest is hiring a Policy Associate
-Project Manager - Institute for Health & Aging- Cantonese fluency
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