19 new schools start Project Healthy Schools
Students in 19 more Michigan schools will start Project Healthy Schools (PHS) this fall. This is the highest number of new schools to start PHS in a single year and brings the total number of Michigan schools using the program to more than 80, including most middle schools in Ann Arbor.
This year’s record number of new schools is the result of a new partnership in the Upper Peninsula called Healthy Kids U.P., which is supported by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, and a continuing partnership with Building Healthy Communities, which is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Read the Spring-Summer PHS Newsletter to learn more about these partnerships and the latest news from PHS.
Project Healthy Schools is a Michigan Medicine/community collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. The program encourages middle school students to increase physical activity and improve eating habits through education, environmental change and measurement. It is one of the few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant improvements in both health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors, such as reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and blood pressure.
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Visit the PHS website to learn more or get involved.