Here’s another reason for students to buckle down and hit the books: The better your grades, the better your long-term health. That’s the latest from a University of Wisconsin study that compared the GPAs of high school teens with their health records after graduation. 

The researchers focused on more than 10,000 graduates from the class of 1957. Over the last 50 or so years, these folks have been interviewed numerous times about their work, family, and health.

The result: Those who graduated at the top of their class described their health as “excellent” or “very good” when they reached retirement.

But it isn’t because people who are fussy about their grades are fussy about their health. Researchers think that the skills required to excel in school - like critical thinking and a positive attitude – also helps students make wise decisions about their healthcare later in life.

Since other studies show that people who get good grades also earn more and have more satisfying careers, it looks like hitting the books is a total no-brainer.