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More Than One-Third of Schools in the U.S. Are Near Fast Food Joints, Study Finds

Posted Oct 02 2008 3:13pm

Note from Connie: Even if schools get their acts together and start serving more healthful foods, fast-food joints near these schools may lure in the kids anyhow to eat their nutrition-bereft food.

Alas, more than one-third of middle and high schools in the U.S. are within a half-mile of a fast-food restaurant or convenience store, according tofrom researchers from the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois.

Thanks to Tara Parker-Pope of theNew York Times for alerting us tothese unfortunate findings, which were published in the January issue of Health Place. SUGAR SHOCK! Blog researcher/writer Jennifer Moore brings you more information.

This study -- one of the largest of its kind -- also revealed that two-thirds of urban high schools had at least one fast food outlet within walking distance, Parker-Pope of the New York Times tells us. What's more, over half of schools were no more than half a mile away from a convenience store, which, of course, are more likely to be stocked with junk food rather than fresh fruits or vegetables.

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