Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

The Big House 5K race is scheduled for April 12

BIG HOUSE 5K: TRAIL TO THE VICTORS IS RAISING MONEY FOR PHS

Scheduled for April 12, the Big House 5K race is helping to raise money for Project Healthy Schools (PHS). A portion of every entry fee will go to support six charities, including PHS. Not a runner? Support PHS by making a donation on the Big House 5K website. Find out more.

PHS Travels to the U.P.

PHS GOES TO THE UPPER PENINSULA

In early November, PHS traveled to the U.P. to begin implementing PHS in middle schools in Manistique and Marquette as part of the Building Healthy Communities partnership supported by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Despite over 35 inches of snowfall during the week, the trip was a success!

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PHS PARTICIPATES IN PRESS EVENT WITH GOVERNOR SNYDER

Governor Snyder participated in a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan press event to announce the 58 new Building Healthy Communities schools starting the program this fall, including 13 that will implement Building Healthy Communities: Engaging middle schools through Project Healthy Schools Read the press release.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Read the press release about a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Community Health called Building Healthy Communities: Engaging middle schools through Project Healthy Schools that will make it possible for five additional middle schools to apply for the PHS 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