education and health

education and health

Girl Effect Aims to End Poverty and Malnutrition Through Education

There are 100 million fewer women than men around the world. In impoverished areas of the world, if a girl survives to adolescence, often times social constructs and even laws put them at a disadvantage to men. Poverty, poor medical care, lack of sexual protection, childbirth, and several other factors that prey on women all contribute to their shortened life expectancy. It is a viscous cycle; education can reduce poverty, but poverty causes education to become less of a priority or possibility.

Girl Effect aims to attack poverty, disease, war, social equality, and the world’s economy by educating girls in the developing world. It may sound idealistic, but there is much research behind the hypothesis that when girls are given any additional education, they are less likely to marry early, have children early, die from childbirth, contract HIV, and live in poverty. The Girl Effect also recognizes the different impact that women have versus men on their children and families. According to The Girl Effect Fact Sheet women reinvest 90 percent of income into their families, while men only reinvest 30 to 40 percent of income into their families. That means that educating a young girl and giving her the opportunity to earn an income will make her 50 percent more likely to reduce poverty in her family than if a young boy was given additional educational opportunities. Women can make powerful changes when given the opportunity.

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D.C. Removes Chocolate Milk from Public School Lunches

When D.C. public school students return from summer vacation this August, they will notice a change in the DC-bans-flavored-milkmenu. Jeffery Mills, director of food services, recently announced that there will no longer be flavored milk offered at public school cafeterias.

Strawberry milk and chocolate milk were both previously included in D.C. public school breakfasts and lunches. The school system once argued that students wouldn’t drink skim or two-percent milk, and that any milk was better than no milk in a student’s diet. Although regular milk is a good source of calcium and protein, the sugary flavored version can have as much sugar as soda. Most of this sugar comes from high fructose corn syrup, one of the key ingredients cited in the rise of obesity. Some proponents of the change even links high levels of sugar in public school lunches with behavioral problems among students. Read the rest of this entry »

The Link Between Education and Health

Is there a link between getting education — especially higher education — and health?

CNN inferred there was a correlation between the two in an article about the healthiest cities in the United States.  The healthiest city –according to the Centers for Disease Control — is Burlington, Vermont, and the unhealthiest city is Huntington, West Virginia.  These two cities are strikingly similar when it comes to demographics, except for one thing — over 40 percent of residents in Burlington have at least a college degree, while only about 15 percent of the folks in Huntington do.

In a report that seems to confirm the hypothesis that there’s a correlation between health and education, the National Institute of Aging has repeatedly found that there’s a strong link between longevity and education, and that, in fact the only factor that had a stronger correlation with health was smoking.

Interesting, huh?


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