Education is good for your health

Hit the books for better health!

Hit the books for better health!

Nearly half of us ring in the New Year with new resolutions: Go to the gym, eat better, and get more rest. But a new study shows that if you want to live a healthier life, don’t just hit the gym: hit the books.

That’s right. Education is good for your health. Earn a high school diploma and college degree, and you’ve likely just increased your life span by nine years. Or, for those who respond to the more gloomy spin... the lower your education, the more likely you will face disease and disability.

A new policy brief and 3-minute animated video by the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explain how education matters to your health.

GSK is committed to going beyond the discovery of new medicines. Our mission is to help you do more, feel better, and live longer; but we know that if you don’t have a high school diploma, you are more likely to live a shorter, sicker life. So we invest in community partnerships that help young people, especially low-income students and students of color, stay in school, earn their diplomas, and enter the on-ramp for a healthier life.

We're committed to tackling health challenges right where they start...and, often, that is in the classroom.