Literacy and literacy skills are interrelated with many aspects of our experience, including our health. According to The Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Facts, education helps people move up the socioeconomic ladder and provides better access to other societal and economic resources. People attain better understanding of the world and they become more able to see and influence societal factors that shape their own health. Education increases overall literacy and understanding of how one can promote one’s own health through individual action. With higher education, people attain more sophisticated skills to evaluate how behaviors they adopt might be harmful or beneficial to their health.

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