On October 13, 2016, the Shape Up SF initiative celebrated a decade of work with over 100 partners in the Green Room at the War Memorial Building. SF Department of Public Health’s Director Barbara Garcia opened the Symposium welcoming participants and noting that Shape Up SF has been working to “shake it up” to create environments and setting that support people in communities to eat healthy and be physically active. Supervisors Mar, Cohen and Board of Education Commissioner Walton participated in the panels discussing highlights of the past decade but emphasizing the work that is still needed. To celebrate the decade, Shape Up SF Initiative produced a brief highlighting key accomplishments including:
- With Healthy Retail SF, nine stores redesigned to include fresh produce, resulting in an average sale of 11,000 pieces of produce monthly
- 27,000 city and county employees impacted by new full-fledged worksite wellness program
- 500% increase in PE specialists with an emphasis on ensuring the equitable distribution of PE teachers in schools of highest need
- 35 schools have adopted Safe Routes to School, leading to a 41% increase in walking and 59% increase in biking among students at those schools
- 475,000 San Franciscans are impacted annually by wellness policies to drive down consumption of sugary drinks
- Two policies passed prohibiting use of city funds and requiring warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverage ads
Dr. Sandra Hernández, M.D., president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, is a leader in philanthropy, expert in public health and policy, former director of the SF Department of Public Health, and a practicing physician.
To celebrate our 10 year anniversary, Shape Up SF sponsored organizations with micro-grants ranging from $500-$1500 to host activities and events that promote healthy eating and active living and shine a spotlight on chronic disease prevention. Together, these activities reached over 1,200 San Franciscans. Read about the HEAL week activities (PDF).