Better Education=Healthier Lives

An RWJF infographic shows how a college degree can help Americans live longer, healthier lives.

    • August 30, 2012

Higher education can help you get ahead in the world, but it can also give you a pretty good shot at better health.

Research shows that college graduates live at least five years longer than high school grads. Why? Among other factors, college graduates enjoy lower risks for developing diabetes and heart disease. Americans with a college degree also tend to smoke less and weigh less than high school graduates.

While the benefits of a higher education are clear, many Americans don't have that advantage. Just over 30 percent of Whites are college graduates, but the college graduation rates are much lower among Blacks (17.3 percent) and Hispanics (12.6 percent).

This new infographic produced by RWJF lays out all the relevant statistics, providing considerable evidence of the many benefits enjoyed by those Americans who have acquired a college degree.

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