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Report Shows Volunteering Produces Health Benefits

Monday, May 07, 2007  
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Volunteering Produces Health Benefits

New Report Shows Helping Others Improves Your Wellbeing and Longevity

 

Washington, D.C. – Volunteers help themselves to better health while helping others, according to a study released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service that reviews a compelling collection of recent scientific research.

 

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research has found a significant connection between volunteering and good health. The report shows that volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease. The report is available in the Research and Policy section of the Corporation’s website at http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/role_impact/performance_research.asp#HBR.
 
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