Feb 28, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Education doesn't just make you smarter. It makes you healthier. 

In a December 2017 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Karin Fischer, a senior reporter, wrote about the effects of education on civic engagement, home ownership, income--and health.

She cites a Princeton University report by Anne Case and Angus Deaton that shows that men and women who have not been to college live shorter, less healthy lives compared to college graduates.

Case and Deaton found that less-educated Americans die younger than their more educated peers. Why? 

The research discovered glaring disparities in mortality rates: for 50-54-year-old men without college degrees, the mortality rate is 867 per 100,000. For their more educated counterparts, it's 243 per 100,000.

What does this have to do with education? 

It's complicated, and it's hard to tell if there's a direct correlation between education and health.

For starters, those who have degrees generally have better access to health care, higher job satisfaction, and lower levels of stress. They're more likely to have access to healthier choices in the grocery store, and less likely to live in or near polluted environments. 

Simply put? Better educated people have more access to resources than those with less education. 

While the economic divide between the haves and have-nots continues to widen, so does their access to healthcare.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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