School Siting

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Public health advocates are increasingly focusing on how decisions about school siting can be leveraged to promote greater school and community connectivity, especially when promoting physical activity in school children and the community at large.  For example, community and neighborhood schools can be sited where children can walk to and from school.  However, a rigid emphasis on neighborhood schools may have the unintended consequence of contributing to racial and socio-economic segregation in our public schools.  While the current obesity crisis amongst children in the United States is fueling the push towards community and neighborhood schools, public health advocates must work with other stakeholders to ensure that efforts to promote physical activity do not inadvertently create racially segregated and poverty-stricken school systems.

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