Project Healthy Schools is accepting applications until March 22

February 22, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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 is available at no cost to Michigan middle schools. Please forward this information to any middle school contacts you have who may be interested in improving student and staff health and wellness through Project Healthy Schools. More information about the application process for the 2019-2020 school year, and a copy of the application, are available at

Project Healthy Schools is a Michigan Medicine/community collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and improve the current and future health of Michigan’s youth. It is one of only a few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant and lasting improvements in health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors.

Through education and wellness activities, Project Healthy Schools enables middle school students to increase physical activity, eat healthier and understand how nutrition and activity influence their lifelong health. In addition, once implemented in a school, the program continues year after year, benefiting future generations of students.

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 2018, the program is in use at more than 100 schools. More than 75,000 sixth graders have participated in Project Healthy Schools lessons. This school year alone, nearly 45,000 students are benefiting 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, U-M, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Wayne State University.