Project Healthy Schools program expands to Arizona
Thanks to a partnership with the University of Arizona, Project Healthy Schools, a Michigan Medicine-community collaboration designed to reduce childhood obesity and improve the current and future health of youth is being piloted in Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Tucson, Arizona.
This is Project Healthy Schools’ 100th school and its first implementation in a state outside of Michigan.
This past fall, 53 Arizona students in two sixth-grade classrooms received the Project Healthy Schools lessons. Public health students from the University of Arizona are teaching the lessons, following a model similar to the “Health Ambassador” model used to implement the program in the Ann Arbor schools.
Read the Winter 2019 Project Healthy Schools newsletter to learn more about the work that Project Healthy Schools is doing in Arizona and in schools across Michigan.
Project Healthy Schools 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.
For more information about Project Healthy Schools, subscribe to the Project Healthy Schools newsletter which comes out three times a year, or visit www.projecthealthyschools.org.