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U of M study finds link between poor heath and poor grades

Boynton Health Services at the University of Minnesota found that students who smoked, drank, watched too much TV and didn’t exercise were more likely to have lower grades.

Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Boynton’s director and the lead author of the study, said the results should be alarming to students with avoidable behaviors.

“Using tobacco to calm down or to be social is lowering students’ grades,” Ehlinger said.

Some students aren‚t completely convinced of the connection.

“My grades aren’t, like, the best right now, but I wouldn’t say it’s from the smoking,” said Franziska Johnson, 20, a sophomore English major at the university.


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