Today’s Headlines

TURF meets with Supervisor Avalos of District 11!
TURF advocates met with Supervisor Avalos in May to discuss their proposal to reduce the number of tobacco permits in districts oversaturated with tobacco, including SOMA, Tenderloin, and the Excelsior! Supervisor Avalos is very supportive of YLI youth and is concerned about tobacco! He supports the equitable distribution of tobacco permits, which would reduce tobacco-related health disparities and support healthy, thriving communities in SF!
TURF Tabling at the BART BLUE SKY FESTIVAL 
TURF Youth Advocates had the opportunity to table at the annual BART BLUE SKY FESTIVAL this past Friday, April 19 at Hermosa Plaza! We gained an additional 329 individual and organizational endorsements from attendee’s of the festival and had an amazing time! We would like to thank BART for hosting such a fun and well-attended event!
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Wow!! Congratulation to TURF Youth Advocates for being featured on a segment of ABC7 News! 
To view the segment, click here!
Let’s welcome our two newest team members!! 
Avni Desai, Program Coordinator
AVNI
Avani is originally from Upstate New York and her immediate family lives in Fremont. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA with a focus in Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Public Health at Loma Linda University. Avani’s previous experience includes alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug policy work. She joins us from the Contra Costa Public Health Department where she worked on tobacco policy. Her prior work includes positions as the Project Coordinator/Prevention Specialist at CommPre and as Program Evaluator with the Youth Action Project. She has also received the APHA Student Award in Community Development in 2009 and 2010!
And…
Naveen Khan, SF State Intern
NAVEEN
Naveen is a senior at SF State in the Health Education Department.

Congratulations to TUR’s PSA wining BREATH CA CLEAR THE AIR FILM FEST General Category, well done!

This past Thursday evening, March 7th, Vince Mazzaferro, Special Events Manager at Breath CA, presented TURF with a first place award in the General Category at the 2nd annual Breath CA film fest for their awesome PSA video. TURF youth advocates and former program coordinator, Catherine-Mercedes Judge, accepted the award and now have a PSA headed to San Francisco’s 3rd annual Green Film Festival. Well done, TURF!

To view the winning PSA, click here!

Tobacco Use Reductio Force (TURF) Youth Advocates Tabling in front PODER

This past Wednesday, February 27th, our friends at PODER in Mission District shared their space and allowed TURF youth advocates to hold a tabling event. The purpose of the event was to reach out to the Mission community to gain support for our policy, and we certainly achieved our goal! We want to thank PODER and all of the local organizations and residents who made this event to successful!

Check out some of our pictures from tabling below!

Community Support in the Mission
Community Support in the Mission

Free Muni for Youth Starts Friday, March 8th!

Calling San Francisco Youth!  Tired of sneaking through the fare gate? Ready to ride MUNI to school for free? Starting this Friday, you can!

For more information, check out the article here!

 

Obesity in Young is Seen as Falling in Several Cities

Check out this article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/health/childhood-obesity-drops-in-new-york-and-philadelphia.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

SFUSD aiming to switch food provider with fresh, healthier options

A revolution is coming to San Francisco’s public schools: no more frozen, precooked cafeteria food that’s shipped from halfway across the country.

On Friday, the San Francisco Unified School District announced plans to award a contract to Oakland-based Revolution Foods Inc. to provide nutritious — and freshly prepared — meals for city schoolchildren.

The $9 million contract, which falls within the district’s budget, would supply the food needed to make 33,000 meals and snacks that 114 schools need daily, officials said. The contract now must be approved by the Board of Education.

Revolution Foods is a rapidly growing company that says its mission is to combat child obesity. It provides meals to school districts in more than 20 U.S. cities. Founded by two UC Berkeley alums, the company says it is against fried, fatty, sodium-heavy foods and cooks meals fresh daily.

Board of Education member Rachel Norton said that through Revolution, schools can “expect a significant improvement in the quality of food served to students.”

To ensure Revolution’s food was up to snuff, a panel of representatives from the Student Advisory Council, the Parent Advisory Council and the Board of Education’s Food and Fitness Committee tasted the meals from all bidders. They assessed appearance, taste, texture and overall appeal.

“The Community Tasting Panel did not compare meal offerings — they assessed the meal that was before them by its own merits,” the school district said.

In October, the SFUSD began seeking a new meal vendor that could meet federal nutrition guidelines while also serving fresh food. The district’s current provider, Preferred Meal Systems, is based in Illinois and ships frozen, precooked foods from three facilities to sites around the country, according to a January analysis of SFUSD food services commissioned by the San Francisco Food Bank.

When the food arrives at the company’s Brisbane facility, it is redistributed, reheated and served throughout the school district.

That method goes against SFUSD’s reputation for fostering student nutrition — the district is known as a leader in phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks, installing salad bars and improving food quality in vending machines.

Revolution prepares meals daily, SFUSD officials said, and its distribution center is in South San Francisco.

And besides filling bellies, the food should help students learn, SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza said.

“To strengthen academic performance, we must promote good eating habits and provide access to high-quality, nutritious food that appeals to our diverse community of students,” Carranza said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/sfusd-aiming-switch-food-provider#ixzz2EPmgb7Hf

SFUSD aiming to switch food provider with fresh, healthier options 

A revolution is coming to San Francisco’s public schools: no more frozen, precooked cafeteria food that’s shipped from halfway across the country.

On Friday, the San Francisco Unified School District announced plans to award a contract to Oakland-based Revolution Foods Inc. to provide nutritious — and freshly prepared — meals for city schoolchildren.

The $9 million contract, which falls within the district’s budget, would supply the food needed to make 33,000 meals and snacks that 114 schools need daily, officials said. The contract now must be approved by the Board of Education.

Revolution Foods is a rapidly growing company that says its mission is to combat child obesity. It provides meals to school districts in more than 20 U.S. cities. Founded by two UC Berkeley alums, the company says it is against fried, fatty, sodium-heavy foods and cooks meals fresh daily.

Board of Education member Rachel Norton said that through Revolution, schools can “expect a significant improvement in the quality of food served to students.”

To ensure Revolution’s food was up to snuff, a panel of representatives from the Student Advisory Council, the Parent Advisory Council and the Board of Education’s Food and Fitness Committee tasted the meals from all bidders. They assessed appearance, taste, texture and overall appeal.

“The Community Tasting Panel did not compare meal offerings — they assessed the meal that was before them by its own merits,” the school district said.

In October, the SFUSD began seeking a new meal vendor that could meet federal nutrition guidelines while also serving fresh food. The district’s current provider, Preferred Meal Systems, is based in Illinois and ships frozen, precooked foods from three facilities to sites around the country, according to a January analysis of SFUSD food services commissioned by the San Francisco Food Bank.

When the food arrives at the company’s Brisbane facility, it is redistributed, reheated and served throughout the school district.

That method goes against SFUSD’s reputation for fostering student nutrition — the district is known as a leader in phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks, installing salad bars and improving food quality in vending machines.

Revolution prepares meals daily, SFUSD officials said, and its distribution center is in South San Francisco.

And besides filling bellies, the food should help students learn, SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza said.

“To strengthen academic performance, we must promote good eating habits and provide access to high-quality, nutritious food that appeals to our diverse community of students,” Carranza said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/12/sfusd-aiming-switch-food-provider#ixzz2EPmgb7Hf

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