Kim Eagle, M.D., honored with Hometown Health Hero award
On April 18, Kim A. Eagle, M.D., Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine, professor of health management and policy in the U-M School of Public Health, and director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, received a Hometown Health Hero award for his work as co-founder of Project Healthy Schools, a community and Michigan Medicine collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks.
In 2002, disturbed by the number of patients with preventable cardiovascular disease that he saw in his adult cardiology practice, and the types of food and the lack of physical activity at his son’s school, Eagle envisioned a school-based intervention to improve health and reduce childhood obesity. He collaborated with partners within and outside the university to design and implement a middle school-based health literacy program that could be duplicated in diverse communities. The program became known as Project Healthy Schools (PHS).
The program is now in 85 middle schools across the state of Michigan with more than 41,000 middle school students benefiting from the program this school year alone.
The awards were presented in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing. Jean DuRussel-Weston, the Project Healthy Schools program manager, attended the event to accept the award and a special tribute certificate from State Sen. Rebecca Warren on Eagle’s behalf.
Hometown Health Hero awards are presented every April as part of Michigan Public Health Week. The award recognizes individuals and organizations across the state who work tirelessly to maintain and improve the health of their local communities. The Hometown Health Hero award is a major part of the annual National Public Health Week observance in Michigan. National Public Health Week is an initiative of the American Public Health Association.
For more information about Project Healthy Schools visit www.projecthealthyschools.org