Blue marker = student's home
Red marker = place to get unhealthy food
Green marker = place to get healthy food
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San Francisco has 3.85 times more unhealthy food options than healthy food options, according to the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Their study counted unhealthy options like fast food restaurants and liquor stores selling junk food and compared them to healthy options like grocery stores and farmers markets. We did better than Sacramento, with 5.66 times more unhealthy options, but worse than Santa Cruz with 1.84.
How does our class's map of our shopping choices relate to this fact about food access? Respond to these questions in the comments section:
- What do you notice when you look at the map overall?
- Are there more healthy or unhealthy food locations, or are they about the same? Near school? Near your house?
- How far do you have to travel from home to buy food? How many blocks?
- What kinds of food can you most easily buy within walking distance of your house?
- Why do you think this is so?
- Do you think other parts of San Francisco look the same as our neighborhoods, or are they different? Why or why not?
- If you could change something about the food locations in our neighborhoods, what would you change?