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Posted April 12, 2012

Research Study

Link between health gap and poverty focus of U of S research

Saskatoon - A new study out of the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region shows that children that live in the lower income, core neighbourhoods in Saskatoon are more than twice as likely to be inactive than those from higher income neighbourhoods.

Dr. Cory Neudorf, professor of community health and epidemiology at the U of S, says the study findings looked at health differences between different groups, including income, ethnicity, education and age.

The report found parallels between living in lower income neighbourhoods and poorer health outcomes. Researchers surveyed all students in grades 5 to 8 in Saskatoon, and found that 17.5 per cent of those in low income homes considered suicide, compared with 4.2 for those in higher income areas.

As far as activity levels, 19.4 per cent of students in the lower income core neighbourhoods were found to be inactive, compared with 8.9 per cent for higher income neighbourhoods.

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