Education and Health
Thursday, August 6, 2009

According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationís Commission to Build a Healthier America, more education does mean better health.

People with more education have better health, according to a report that looked at data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control.

The report looked at surveys for 174,000 U.S. adults conducted from 2005 to 2007. Overall, 45 percent of participants reported their health as being less than very good. But the more education people had, the more likely they were to report better health, regardless of race or ethnicity.

That difference didnít just show up when the commission compared people with the fewest and most years of schooling. Even a few years of education made a difference. High school graduates were nearly twice as likely as college graduates to report being in less than very good health.

Better educated people may be more likely to have jobs that provide health insurance coverage, more knowledgeable about their health and have more time to attend to their health. A good education can lay the foundation for a healthy life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.