American Heart Association: Literacy Can Impact Health

A literacy problem can make it difficult to understand the nature of a chronic condition, keep up with doctor’s appointments, or read a medicine bottle.  Studies suggest that literacy may be linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Susan B. Neuman, professor of childhood and literacy education, tells the American Heart Association that the most effective way policymakers can reduce the number of illiterate Americans is to increase funding for K-12 education.

Read more on the connection between literacy and health at the American Heart Association.