The Shape UP San Francisco Coalition is a multidisciplinary body convened to address the epidemic of chronic disease through primary prevention, environmental strategies with an emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. The Coalition is committed to reducing health disparities in chronic diseases that disproportionately affect African American, Latino and Asian populations.
The Shape Up San Francisco Coalition has identified the following priorities.
- Increase access to affordable, healthy food in neighborhoods with limited access.
- Complete the streets for improved walking and biking.
- Promote overall community aesthetics and atmosphere of safety to encourage outdoor physical activity and recreation.
- Create a Physical Activity Council to coordinate physical activity services and policy work.
- Adopt and implement health and wellness worksite criteria/standards.
(Shape Up @ Work Strategies. Adopted by Mayor 4.26.2006)
- Adopt standards for the provision of healthy, sustainable food at all meetings and events. (Dept Public Health, Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy adopted by Health Commission 7.18.2006)
- Develop and adopt legislation requiring city funded youth programs to adhere to nutrition standards.
- Create, adopt and implement policies to address physical activity in after school sites.
- Work with San Francisco healthcare facilities to create and implement health and wellness policies to improve healthy eating and physical activity environments for staff, patients, clients, and visitors.
- Increase reimbursement for obesity prevention and treatment by insurers.