The Link Between Education and Health
Is there a link between getting education — especially higher education — and health?
CNN inferred there was a correlation between the two in an article about the healthiest cities in the United States. The healthiest city –according to the Centers for Disease Control — is Burlington, Vermont, and the unhealthiest city is Huntington, West Virginia. These two cities are strikingly similar when it comes to demographics, except for one thing — over 40 percent of residents in Burlington have at least a college degree, while only about 15 percent of the folks in Huntington do.
In a report that seems to confirm the hypothesis that there’s a correlation between health and education, the National Institute of Aging has repeatedly found that there’s a strong link between longevity and education, and that, in fact the only factor that had a stronger correlation with health was smoking.