Project Healthy Schools is accepting applications until April 17

March 5, 2020  //  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.

More information about the application process for the 2020-2021 school year, and a copy of the application are available at

About Project Healthy Schools

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, benefitting 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 2019, the program is in use in at least 100 schools. Nearly 86,000 mostly sixth graders have participated in Project Healthy Schools lessons. This school year alone, over 44,000 students are benefitting from the program’s school-wide wellness initiatives.

Project Healthy Schools joined the Building Healthy Communities partnership in 2013. Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Middle Schools through Project Healthy Schools is a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan.