Super-Healthy City Gets First McDonalds

Loma Linda, California has an average lifespan higher than most cities, and a significant population of vegetarians. Last week, the city council approved the first McDonald's in town. Will it have an impact on the community's health?
December 19, 2011, 1pm PST | Tim Halbur
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Jennifer Medina reports from Loma Linda, and points to the large Seventh Day Adventist population (a religion that eschews meat) and residents' relationship to the local medical center as possible reasons for their longevity:

"So last week, when the City Council approved Loma Linda's first McDonald's restaurant, many residents bemoaned the decision, worrying that the officials were jeopardizing the city's reputation as a paragon of healthy lifestyles."

Smoking is completely banned in the city as well, and liquor sales are tightly controlled.

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Published on Monday, December 19, 2011 in The Los Angeles Times
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