Mayor Newsom announces
new health fitness initiative
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
April 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The mayor of San Francisco yesterday
announced a new health and fitness initiative called "The
Mayor's Challenge: Shape Up San Francisco" that is aimed
at improving the health of San Francisco residents.
The program, which is built on several public-private partnerships,
will increase the opportunities available to San Franciscans for
good nutrition and physical fitness, the mayor's office reported.
"(The initiative) will address the serious public health
epidemic of obesity, inactivity, and poor nutrition. For the first
time, American children born today have a lower life expectancy
than their parents," said Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The mayor is challenging city departments, businesses, and community
organizations to create environments that are conducive to healthier
"In San Francisco, one-quarter of our children are overweight
or obese. And over one-third of adolescents and adults are overweight
or obese. Overweight and obese boys and girls in San Francisco
have a 30 to 40 percent chance of being diagnosed with Type II
diabetes, which can lead to health challenges now and later in
life," the mayor said.
As part of the initiative, increased fresh produce will be added
to the meals in the mayor's summer lunch program, which provides
lunches to low-income San Francisco children during the school
The Bayview Farmer's Market will also re-open in May to help
increase access to healthy foods for residents of the Bayview-Hunter's
The city also intends to adopt "worksite wellness"
strategies for city departments.
The initiative also supports the Youth Walking Challenge, which
encourages San Francisco residents to walk for exercise in their
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