Thursday, July 9, 2015

Should Education Be A Health Priority?

Lack of education might be as bad for your health as smoking, according to a study from researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

That's the finding from a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They found that if every adult high school dropout in the 2010 population had a GED or a regular diploma, 145,243 deaths could be averted. Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college finished their bachelor's degrees. And if everyone in the population got a bachelor's degree, the total untimely deaths would be reduced by 554,525.

Public-health policy, study co-author Patrick Krueger, assistant professor at CU Denver's Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences says, has focused on diet, smoking, drinking and exercise, but perhaps it should add learning.

Find out why. Read the story in the Denver Post or at KUNC.

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