Michigan Medicine nephrologists partner with Project Healthy Schools

February 21, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

U-M nephrologist Julie Wright-Nunes, M.D. discusses kidney health with students from Cody High School in Detroit during their visit to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

Two U-M nephrologists, Julie Wright-Nunes, M.D., and Pandu Rao, M.D., are collaborating with Project Healthy Schools (PHS) to raise awareness about kidney disease prevention, especially among students in Detroit, a high-risk area for chronic kidney disease and morbidity.

Although the Project Healthy Schools program was originally started to combat childhood obesity and reduce long-term cardiovascular risks, the risk factors for heart disease and chronic kidney disease are very similar.

Click here to learn more about the work that Project Healthy Schools and Michigan Medicine nephrologists are doing in Detroit, and about Project Healthy Schools’ pilot program in Bangladesh, among other stories.

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 assessment, 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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Website: http://www.projecthealthyschools.org