Let’s talk about education

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by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Education, in early childhood as well as elementary, secondary and post-secondary school years, is part of your overall health and well-being. Education and Literacy is a social determinant of health and a valuable investment for all communities. Being able to read, write and communicate our needs is an important part of realizing our own potential.

Why is education important? People with higher education tend to be healthier than those with lower educational attainment. In a 2013 survey on the social determinants of health, respondents rated education as the second lowest of 10 factors rated that make a person healthy. Health and level of education are closely linked. People with higher education tend to have higher incomes, job security and better working conditions.

What is in our communities to support education?
· Early ON Child and Family Centres
· Language Express
· Homeward Bound Program
· Employment and Education Centre
· Publically Funded School System
· Canada Learning Bond
· Ontario Grants for Post-Secondary Education

How can parents support and plan for post-secondary education? The Government of Canada wants to support the dreams of children across Canada through the Canada Learning Bond. Even if you do not add any money, your children could be eligible for an RESP to kick start their dreams after high school. Go to www.StartMyRESP.ca/LeedsGrenville to find our more and see what is possible.

“The Canada Learning Bond plants the seed for education after high school. Even a small amount of money set aside for education speaks volumes to children that their parents or caregivers value education and they see the benefit in finding a job for which they have passion,” states Tanis Brown, Registered Nurse.

For more information on education, visit www.healthunit.org or call 1-800-660-5853. You can also connect with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

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