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Assistant/Associate Professor in Food Systems (Tenure Track)

 

uvmtowersolid3425The University of Vermont seeks candidates to join us in building our capacity to understand the interconnected aspects of the modern food system and to develop creative models for sustainable food systems.

     Candidates should have a demonstrated record of collaborative, transdisciplinary work and a desire to engage with colleagues across UVM colleges and departments. Anticipated start date is within the 2014–2015 academic year, subject to negotiation.

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Full-time, Tenure-track, Assistant Professor Positions

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, invites applications for full-time, tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level, in the areas of food sustainability, food production, and public health. Successful candidates will have positions in the Center for a Livable Future (CLF), which focuses on the interactions among diet, the environment, and public health.

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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

 

Abstract

Nationwide, 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 

 

a Corresponding author: Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0185 USA; +1-408-924-5852; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

b GIS Specialist, Insignia Environmental, Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA; +1-650-321-6787 x235; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 
 

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