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The Education – Health Connection

Good health is critical to ensuring that students can make the most of their educational opportunities. A foundation of good nutrition and physical activity enriches students’ readiness to learn. A school environment that supports students’ social and emotional well-being will propel young people to do better on all levels of academic achievement: academic performance, classroom behavior, and cognitive skills and attitudes.

A healthy school workplace also helps retain teachers and staff, reduces stress, boosts job satisfaction and supports employees to perform at their best. They are absent fewer days and more likely to stay in their positions, creating the continuity and stability that’s essential for students’ success. Teachers and staff are also influential role models for students.

Evidence also shows that educational attainment often leads to better career outcomes: better jobs, higher income earnings, and better access to resources that reinforce health.

Research Supporting the Education – Health Connection

The Every Student Succeeds Act Creates Opportunities to Improve Health and Education at Low-Performing Schools

Health Impact Project, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts

This health impact assessment explores how needs assessments can help states and districts identify ways to boost outcomes for children.

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Why Education Matters to Health: Exploring the Causes

Center on Society and Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This issue brief provides an overview of what research shows about the links between education and health. The findings are presented alongside the perspectives of residents of an underserved urban community in Richmond, Virginia.

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Exploring the Social Determinants of Health: Education and Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This issue brief explores education as a social determinant of health.

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The Critical Connection between Student Health and Academic Achievement: How Schools and Policymakers Can Achieve a Positive Impact

California Education Supporters Project

This report provides an overview of the connection between student health, dropout rates, attendance and academic performance. Poor health, chronic conditions, and stress all contribute to poor attendance, so impacting student health is a way to reduce absenteeism.

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