August 10, 2017

38 Michigan elementary schools awarded Building Healthy Communities grant to promote healthy eating and physical activity

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Fitness Foundation, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and the Center for Health & Community Impact at Wayne State University combine expertise and resources in an effort to establish the knowledge and behaviors needed in children for living a healthy lifestyle.

More than 16,000 Michigan elementary school students will benefit from a school transformation that seeks to make the healthy choice the easy choice. The Building Healthy Communities Program is built on a comprehensive philosophy under which healthy eating and physical activity opportunities are embedded throughout the school environment. Thirty-eight elementary schools from across Michigan were selected from a pool more than 100 applicants to participate in the Building Healthy Communities program for the 2017-18 school year.

In its tenth year, this evidence-based grant program will provide the tools that students, teachers and administrators need to change their school environment through healthy-living activities and education. Schools participating in the program will receive resources and training focused on six different components to promote health and wellness throughout the school day, including: principal engagement, classroom education on healthy eating and physical activity, quality physical education, active recess, student leadership, and a healthy kids club. Specifically, schools receive a transformational package including: a classroom curriculum, physical education and versatile recess equipment; funding for a before- or after-school exercise club; in-school mentoring from a Healthy School Coordinator; and multiple professional development opportunities and trainings. The program is a capacity-building grant that seeks to empower and train school leaders to sustain long-term, healthy changes that will benefit the learning environment for years to come.

With an ongoing devotion to fighting childhood obesity and promoting lifelong healthy habits in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Fitness Foundation, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and the Center for Health and Community Impact at Wayne State University continue to work together in partnership through the Building Healthy Communities Program. For more information about the program, please visit

Congratulations to all the schools selected for the 2017-18 Building Healthy Communities program:

Alcott Elementary
Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
Brownell STEM Academy
CA Frost Environmental Science Academy Pk-5
Carleton Elementary School
Carver STEM Academy
Challenger Elementary
County Oaks Elementary
Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences
Eagle's Nest Academy
Edgewood Elementary School
Estabrook Elementary School
Ferndale Upper Elementary
GEE White Academy
Grand River Academy
Hope of Detroit Academy
Hunter Elementary
Inkster Preparatory Academy
Kennedy Elementary
Keys Grace Academy
Lake Ann Elementary
Louis Pasteur Elementary/Middle
MacArthur K-8 University Academy
Mackenzie Elementary
Margaret Black Elementary School
Mary A White Elementary School
New Beginnings Academy
Newberry Elementary
North Star Academy
Oakview Elementary School
Parma Elementary School
Pearl Lean Elementary School
River Rouge STEM Academy
Rudyard Area Elementary Schools
Tecumseh Compass Learning Center
Timberland Charter Academy
Wick Elementary School
Wolverine Elementary

The Center for Health and Community Impact, part of Wayne State University’s College of Education, conducts community-engaged research to transform physical activity and healthy eating in schools and community organizations to improve the health of young people and their families. For more on the Center for Health and Community Impact, visit


Ted Montgomery
Phone: 248-880-6838

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