Education is the clearest pathway out of poverty and can lead to a healthier life. At The Excel Center, a program of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, adult learners are finding that path still accessible to them. In a safe and supportive environment, students earn their high school diplomas while also receiving help with other social needs, such as child care and transportation. Whether graduates go on to college or gainful employment, their new path is one that is filled with hope, independence and options for a healthy future.
The tie between education and health is undeniable. The education we receive from the time we are small children through adulthood plays a significant role in our ability to live a healthy life. Education has become one of the clearest indicators of life outcomes. That’s because it is the foundation for a range of skills, such as self-sufficiency, problem-solving and personal control. It’s no surprise that studies have shown that the more education we have, the more likely we are to have better health outcomes—and even live longer.