We all know that the education you receive as a child impacts everything you do later in life; if you go to college, what kind of jobs you get, who you meet; the list goes on and on. But what about the direct impacts on health? Did you know that adults with only a high school diploma have a higher percentage of obese individuals than those with some college? (Obesity and Education) And then there's the huge issue of health literacy. If we are lucky enough to see a doctor do we even understand what they are telling us? For most Americans that is an absolute NO. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, over 1/3 of adults would have trouble with basic health tasks such as following prescription instructions (Health Literacy).
Corps members, I don't have to remind you of all the kids you see every year who can barely read. But now you can think about all those hours you spend working with them in a different light. Every page that you push them to struggle through has a direct effect on their current and future health. So thank you for all the hours you spend reading with your kids. You just made my job easier and America healthier.