From the April 18, 2012 issue of City Currents:
‘Making Good Choices for Better Health!’ Exhibit At JAD
By Mary Marsh and Maria Penedo
John Adams Library Staff
A collaborative exhibition with the San Francisco Department of
Public Health, San Francisco Unified School District, John Adams
Library and Nutrition Assistant Program
• John Adams Campus Library
• March – August 2012
• Library Hours: Monday – Thursday 9-6:45 pm
Friday 9-12:45 pm
This exhibition highlights two state wide public health campaigns, Pick Me! and ReThink Your Drink! The campaigns encourage all to make healthy choices by
choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink water and less sweetened drinks.
The fun and colorful art for these two nutritional education projects for the San Francisco Department of Public Health was created by San Francisco Unified School District children as a poster contest. Winning drawings from all age groups were made into posters and placed on MUNI buses in 2009 and 2011.
This exhibition also includes information on reading nutrition labels and how to calculate the amount of sugar in drinks that we buy. You can challenge yourself with quiz questions on each library table. Books from the library
collection are featured with a bibliography of resources on health and nutrition. A library study assignment is also available for classes.
Water with fresh fruit and herbs is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to inspire rethinking what we drink, with recipes for colorful flavored waters to make at home.
Two things we can all do to be healthy and feel good – eat more fruits and vegetables and drink water and less sweetened drinks. Why does this make us feel good? Eating fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that give us energy and good health. Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink.
Pick Me! Campaign
Pick Me! campaign promotes choosing juicy fruits and fresh vegetables instead of less healthy foods. Pick Me! means that when you purchase a meal or go
shopping in the grocery store that you choose fresh produce – or better yet shop at a farmer’s market where produce is in season and grown nearby. Locally grown produce can be cheaper, fresher and tastier.
ReThink Your Drink! Campaign
Do you know how much sugar you are getting from bottled drinks and juices? For example, a 12 oz container of Pepsi contains 41 grams of sugar or the
equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. Did you know that tap water is one of the healthiest drinks you can put in your body? Water is nearly FREE! It doesn’t contain sugar which gives us quick energy, but quick energy
drinks will cause an energy crash and a loss of well-being.
When you ReThink Your Drink! by choosing water, you help your health, your wallet and the planet. Currently both campaign messages are promoted by
Shape Up San Francisco, a collaboration with five other Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara and San Mateo) and Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) and County Nutrition