San Francisco, California, USA

WRITTEN BY: Simone Price

When you are out and about in San Francisco, you will notice how busy the streets are with runners, bikers, shoppers, and walkers.

The city abounds with many unique outdoor workouts (for example, tackling the Lyon Street Steps in Pacific Heights or the Bernal Heights hill in Bernal Heights Park and neighborhood gyms galore; it is not hard to find a fun and healthy activity in this town. You can complement your active day by stopping in at any of the City’s delicious restaurants, of which the list is never ending. Life with T1D is about balance, so if you happen to splurge on that famous cruffin from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse or treat your tastebuds to a delicious steak and potatoes at Izzy’s, remember the mantra: bolus, and balance. I personally have always loved San Francisco, ever since I was a little girl and still now as a young working professional. There is a unique rhythm to this city that continues on through different generations. Following are some recommendations for where and how to do this in the city by the bay!
EXPLORE-100-height-pxFor a classic San Francisco adventure, ride the Bay Area Bike Share bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf along the flat Embarcadero bike path or hop on a historical street car to make a shorter walk. Bay Area Bike share arrived to San Francisco not too long ago, and while this is a city known for it’s cyclist community, these bikes are accessible to all levels of riders, even beginners! There is a great app that shows you where the bike stations are located and how many bikes are available called CycleFinder. Head to a nearby station, and pick up your bike for as little as $9!

You can also try Bike Munk to find listings of bike share companies across the USA.
DINE-100-height-pxAn easy and scenic ride from anywhere downtown, The Yard at Mission Rock features a variety of local food and beverage favorites, a great view of the Giant’s stadium, is child and dog friendly, and provides nice shelter from the fog. Have a chilly Anchor Steam brew or a hot Peet’s Coffee, hang out in the beer garden and watch the most recent Giants game-there are plenty of screens to get your sports updates.

After cycling in the elements, you may be ready to take a car (Uber, Flywheel, Lyft, there are plenty of options) over to iconic North Beach for dinner at one of the many historical restaurants in this neighborhood, Original Joe’s. While Joe’s features an Italian-American menu, there are plenty of low carb and gluten-free options to accommodate T1D dining habits. With many different entrée, side and salad options, creating a well-balanced meal of protein, carbs and veggies is pretty easy at Joe’s. Keep in mind that even the sides are large portions, so you may want to order to share. The filet of sole is a popular entrée, and the raviolis are very hearty-you may want to spread your bolus over a few hours for that meal.EXERCISE-100-height-pxHave your walking shoes ready? Take a quiet stroll in one of the many open recreational spaces we have to offer, or head to the Mission to gently stretch your body and mind in a Vinyasa style, donation-based yoga class at the gorgeous Yoga to the People studio with stunning views. In an older building in the historical Mission district, Yoga to the People’s studio combines industrial with zen: exposed brick and steel, with sparkling, warm maple flooring and expansive windows that face SoMa and downtown, the evening classes are lit with the lights of the city and candles along the walls. After a class in this gorgeous space, I always leave with a clear mind and a relaxed soul.PAMPER-100-height-pxFeeling a little less adventurous? Not to worry, there are plenty of places to chill out and relax. For those who want true pampering, visit the Spa at Hotel Vitale, where you can unwind with a luscious award-winning massage, or steep in a soaking tub overlooking the Bay Bridge-what a unique experience! IMMERSE-100-height-pxConcerned you can’t see it all during your visit? Be at peace.  One stop to the DeYoung museum in Golden Gate Park will prove that you can, even on foggy days. Take the elevator 144 feet up to the public Observation Tower featuring sweeping 360-degree views and on a clear day, North, South and East Bay areas can be seen.

To end the night, catch San Francisco favorite Beach Blanket Babylon. A combination of stand-up comedy, theatrical news updates, and many people in very large hats (yes, hats), this campy show is one of the longest running musical revues in live theater history. Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance-these shows do sell out. Want to get more steps in? Take on one of the many Hills of San Francisco by strolling west up Union St. Don’t worry, there’s a sweet spot to stop along the cable car line to rest!ICE-100-height-pxHere is a list of all the ER locations in San Francisco.

A few specific names include:

UCSF Medical Center, located at 505 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco, CA 94143 (415) 476-1000, and for patients 17 and under UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at 1975 4th St., First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94158 (415) 535-1818.

Sutter Health CPMC Emergency Centers have three emergency service centers throughout the City run by Sutter Health.

-Pediatric and Maternity Emergency Services. Located at 3700 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415)-600-4444.

-Comprehensive Emergency Services. Located at Castro and Duboce Street San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 600-0600.

-Comprehensive Emergency Services. Located at 233 Buchanan Street, San Francisco CA 94115 415-600-3333.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Emergency Services (by Dignity Health) is located at 450 Stanyan Street, San Francisco (415) 750-5700.

Kaiser San Francisco Emergency Center (does not accept out of network insurance) is located at 2425 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 823-2000.


Many pharmacies in the City offer 24 hour services. Visit Walgreens and CVS online for an updated list and hours. The Castro Safeway is an excellent 24 hour pharmacy.APP-100-height-pxDIABETES HELPERS by HelpAround is a smart phone app (download HERE) that connects you with other users who either have diabetes or are a parent of a child with diabetes.  Working with your location on your phone’s GPS, you will be instantly connected to someone in the trusted diabetes community, who can help when you are short on supplies or if you need recommendations, advice or have an emergency.

Simone Price

T1D has always been present in Simone's life, whether it was growing up watching her sister take shots and manage her blood sugar, or any year after 1993 when her family discovered she too would need to check her blood sugar and give shots every day. While T1D requires a constant element of personal understanding each day, Simone sees it as a blessing in disguise. It has presented a handful of challenges, but the amazing people with whom she has connected with and the unique experiences she has had through life with Type 1 Diabetes completely outweigh those challenges. Simone is a Community Relations Specialist in San Francisco, and was once a member of a Stilt Walking group!