The benefits of obtaining a college degree are numerous: career advancement, greater sense of accomplishment, intellectual stimulation and improved self-esteem, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obtaining a college degree can even improve your overall general health! Let’s take a look at how going to college can improve your physical health, in addition to your intellectual and emotional health.
According to a USA Today article published online, the CDC report indicates that people with a bachelor’s degree or higher live an astonishing eight-nine years longer than individuals who did not graduate from high school. The below findings regarding the health benefits of a college degree come from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics annual report.
Health Statistics and Education Level
Here are some highlights from Health, United States, 2011, an annual report on the health of Americans. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics compiled data through 2010 to produce its 35th annual report. A special section on socioeconomic status and health was featured in this year’s report.
- In 2010, 31% of adults ages 25-64 with a high school diploma (or less) were smokers compared to 24% of those with some college coursework completed, and only 9% of people who finished their bachelor’s degree were smokers. According to Amy Bernstein, researcher for the National Center for Health Statistics and the lead author of the report wrote, “Highly educated people tend to have healthier behaviors, avoid unhealthy ones and have more access to medical care when they need it…all of these factors are associated with better health.”
- Regarding obesity in educated vs. non-educated people, 24% of boys and 22% of girls are obese in families in which the head of household has less than a high school education whereas only 11% and 7% of boys and girls, respectively, are obese if the head of the household has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- In the three-year period of 2007-2010, women 25 years of age and older without a bachelor’s degree were more likely to be obese than those with a B.A. or B.S. The exact findings: Without a bachelor’s degree, 39-43% of women were obese compared to only 25% for degree holders.
Added Incentive to Enroll in CCU
This information from the CDC report is additional proof that obtaining a college degree is beneficial to your health and well-being and can actually increase your lifespan. Colorado Christian University faculty and staff strive to provide a comprehensive academic and spiritual educational experience for all students, and this news from the CDC makes CCU’s educational mission even more life-changing.
If you have been considering pursuing a college degree at CCU, the possibility of living a longer, healthier life is just one more reason to follow your dream of obtaining a degree. In addition to living a healthier life, you may advance in your career, begin a new career, feel better about yourself emotionally, and serve as a role model for your children, other family members, friends and colleagues.
Enroll Today and Enjoy a Healthier, Longer Life
CCU offers numerous associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs from Accounting to Psychology (and everything in between). CCU also offers a number of undergraduate certificate programs to help you develop key competencies in specific subjects such as Criminal Justice, Biblical Studies, Ethics and Project Management.
It’s never too late to go to college; CCU prides itself on its Adult Degree Completion programs, and many degrees can be earned online. Thousands of men and women in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s have earned degrees from CCU without ever having stepped foot on campus and you can, too!
Read CCU’s Adult Degree Completion Student Admissions page to learn more. If you feel like money is the only obstacle to becoming a college graduate, there are countless adult scholarship, grant and loan opportunities available each semester.
Please contact the CCU Admissions and Financial Aid offices today to get started on your journey to a healthier, more spiritually enlightened life. With seven locations throughout the state of Colorado and several online degree programs, you can surely find a location near you or work on your degree from home at your convenience.