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Study Finds Education Level Tied to Health

Results from conducted by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, study comparing people in over 3,000 U.S. counties found that a college education was linked to better health. There was an inverse relationship between more education and smoking, being sedentary and obese, teen births, hospitals stays that could have been avoided and childhood poverty. The Southern states ranked at the top in childhood poverty and sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy while the North had the highest rates of excessive alcohol consumption. Researchers also found that high school dropout rates were indirectly related to heart disease and cancer, which is linked to higher poverty and unemployment.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Obesity Linked to Lower Education in Women, Education Lowers Dementia Risk

Tags: College Education, Education, Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Teen Pregnancy, Unemployment, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Education Levels and Health, Childhood Poverty, Healthy Lifestyle

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Regardless of Parents’ Intellect

Books in the Home Advance a Child’s Education

"Perhaps families with more books are more likely to emphasize education? It may have nothing to do with the books at all."
- Robert in the comments

One of the strongest predictors of attaining higher education is having books in the home, according to sociologist Maria Evans, U of Nevada, who led a 20-year study to learn what helps children succeed. Evans found that it wasn’t necessarily parents’ levels of education that predict academic success. Books in the homes of even the barely literate were found to further a child’s education by an average of 3.2 years. In fact, children of parents with less education had more to gain by having books in their homes. Findings indicate that the more books in the home, the greater the gain, but even as few as 20 books can go a long way towards helping a child succeed academically. "You get a lot of 'bang for your book'," says Evans of this relatively inexpensive way to boost a child’s education.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 9 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Study Links Smoking and Lower IQ Scores

Tags: Books in the Home, Maria Evans, University of Nevada, Education, Parents’, Reading, Books, College Education, Literacy, Boost Your Child’s Education

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