Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

A community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative

Live in the D - How you can help kids get healthy!

Live in the D - How you can help kids get healthy!

PHS Program Manager Jean DuRussel-Weston and Weight Watchers CEO Florine Mark discuss the importance of healthy role models for kids and a new partnership between PHS and The Weight Watchers Group, Inc. Watch the interview.

Weight Watchers Special Offer


Project Healthy Schools and Weight Watchers team up to help administrators, educators, and staff at PHS participating schools become healthier. Exclusive pricing.Here's the info.

Brad Newman Skating

Disney on Ice performer works to reduce childhood obesity

Brad Newman, wellness and grants coordinator for Project Healthy Schools, started skating at age 7 and hasn't stopped since. He spent five years with Disney on Ice. Read the article.

Cartoon graphic of school lunch tray with food

Project Healthy Schools Lessons Learned

Recently, the Michigan Medicine-led team behind Project Healthy Schools shared some key findings from 13 years of PHS research in the American Journal of Medicine. Read the Michiganhealthlab.org blog post about the research.

Manager of Project Healthy Schools interviewed for Healthline.com article


Jean DuRussel-Weston, manager of Project Healthy Schools, was interviewed by Healthline.com for an article about what makes a school healthy. Read the article.

Volume comparison of muscle to fat

Portland Middle School Using Project Healthy Schools to Promote Healthy Choices

Physical Education teacher Amanda Beckett and Principal Kevin Robydek worked together to bring PHS to Portland Middle Schools. Read the Portland Beacon article about the program.

PHS Video Project Healthy Schools (PHS) provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on sixth grade students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by:

  • teaching youth healthy habits
  • developing healthy school environments
  • creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication

Healthy youth who continue to practice healthy lifestyles will grow into healthy adults with fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic illness. Project Healthy Schools is one of the few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant improvements in both health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors, such as reductions in:

  • total cholesterol,
  • LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • triglycerides
  • blood pressure
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