Healthier options lead to healthier kids, study says

July 27, 2011

Almost 60 percent of California adolescents drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day, and nearly half eat fast food at least twice a week. And the more fast food or convenience store options they have near them compared to grocery stores, the more likely they are to drink soda and eat junk food, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Studies. The report creates a Retail Food Environment Index to rank counties on the density of fast food versus healthy food options, and lists the results by county. Nevada County has the healthiest retail food mix while Sutter County has the least healthy selection of food outlets. Among more populous counties, Sacramento ranks at the bottom when it comes to providing healthy choices. See the policy brief here.

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