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Sustainable Agriculture Laboratory Farm Coordinator
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, in Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Faculty of Science and Horticulture, is seeking a full time coordinator for our research and teaching farm. Applications must be received by June 24, 2016.
Research Associate – Food Systems Policy
The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) atKwantlen Polytechnic University is seeking applications for a one-year Research Associate position focused on food system policy. The primary responsibility of the research associate will be project management and execution of the ISFS project: Building an accessible food system policy database for B.C. communities. Applications must be received by June 5, 2016.
Food Studies Internship Placement Coordinator
The Food Studies program at Syracuse University is hiring a full-time, salaried internship coordinator to help place students in internships, develop community collabora-
Do Fast Food Restaurants Cluster Around High Schools? A Geospatial Analysis of Proximity of Fast Food Restaurants to High Schools and the Connection to Childhood Obesity Rates
by Hilary Nixona and Lauren Doudb
http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.021.007, pp. 181–194
AbstractNationwide, approximately 30% of children consume fast food on a typical day, and caloric intake from fast food has increased fivefold over the past three decades. Our analysis adds to a growing body of public health and planning research through a geospatial analysis of fast food restaurants in Santa Clara County, California. We selected 41 high schools, representing 97% of enrollment in the county, and examined proximity to fast food restaurants within 400 meters (437 yards) and 800 meters (875 yards) of the schools. Our results indicate that fast food restaurants are clustered near high schools with higher obesity rates. In addition, observation of student behavior suggests that many students patronize these establishments after school and often make poor nutritional choices, consuming from 30% to 75% of the daily recommended allowance of calories for teens in a single after-school snack. Since there appears to be a relationship, albeit complex, between the built environment and public health, there also is an opportunity to develop more effective planning policies and programs to encourage active behavior and healthy eating choices.
Keywords: built environment, children, ethnicity, fast food restaurants, geospatial analysis, obesity, planning, public health
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