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August 23, 2016 12:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

Education is a Social Determinant of Health

Education, as with other social determinants of health, plays a major role in a person’s overall health and well-being. Education can affect us throughout our lifetime and has been shown to increase healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes, including obesity rates. Early education is especially important because it sets the foundation for a healthy life. Beyond early childhood education, research shows that the more education a person gets the longer they’ll live.

Learn more about how education influences health with APHA’s newly released Storify, titled Education: A Lifelong Social Determinant of Health and this recent story from The Nation’s Health.

As part of The Nation’s Health’s series on social determinants of health, join the #SDOHChat on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 1-2 p.m. ET to discuss how public health and its partners focus interventions around determinants such as healthy housing, income inequality and education.

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