Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

Jean DuRussell-Weston standing with Florine Mark

PROJECT HEALTHY SCHOOLS' MANAGER INTERVIEWED ON REMARKABLE WOMAN RADIO SHOW

Florine Mark, president and CEO of the WW Group, Inc. and host of the Remarkable Woman radio show interviewed PHS Program Manager Jean DuRussell-Weston about her life and her work with PHS. Listen to the interview.

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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

WHAT MAKES A SCHOOL HEALTHY FOR STUDENTS?

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.

Portland students taste-test apples and vote for favorite

PHS events at Portland Middle School help students influence lunchroom options

Students at Portland Middle School in Ionia participated in an apple tasting and a healthy recipe contest where they voted on their favorites. The winning apple and recipe may appear on the school lunch menu. Read the article.

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THUNDER BAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GETS FIT WITH PHS

The Project Healthy Schools kickoff at Thunder Bay Junior High School in Alpena enlisted the help of Alpena High School students to give middle school students new ideas for reducing screen time and moving more. Watch the video.

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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