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Document Number: 9677

Early Childhood Experiences: Laying the Foundation for Health Across a Lifetime - One in a series of briefs on the "social determinants of health" from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the relationship between early childhood experiences and long-term health outcomes. The authors describe how the home environment (e.g., family income, maternal education and health) affects young children's cognitive and behavioral development. In turn, children from impoverished environments who fall behind in the early years are more likely to experience health problems as adults, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, smoking, substance abuse and depression. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 2011)...

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