Reminder: Project Healthy Schools accepting applications until March 30
Michigan middle schools are invited to apply for Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Middle Schools through Project Healthy Schools, a private-public initiative designed to fight obesity and improve childhood health through school-based wellness programming.
The program offers on-site and electronic support, curriculum, tools and funding. These resources help establish a sustainable school wellness program, create a healthier school environment and begin to build a culture of health at school. More information about the application process for the 2018-2019 school year, and a copy of the application are available by clicking here.
Project Healthy Schools is a Michigan Medicine/community collaborative that 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.
In 2004, Project Healthy Schools was piloted in one Ann Arbor middle school, and subsequently rolled out to all public middle schools in Ann Arbor. As of fall 2017, the program is in use in 85 Michigan schools. More than 63,000 sixth graders have participated in the program’s lessons and this school year alone, nearly 41,000 students are benefitting from the program’s schoolwide wellness initiatives.
Project Healthy Schools joined the Building Healthy Communities partnership in 2013. Building Healthy Communities, originally created by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2009, is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Fitness Foundation, University of Michigan, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Wayne State University.