Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

Dr. Kim Eagle

NPR interviews PHS founder about childhood obesity research

Study shows that household income seems to be a more important predictor than race of a child's risk of becoming overweight or obese. Read the NPR interview with PHS founder, Kim Eagle, M.D.

A man and his son

Study shows
relationship between poverty and obesity

High rates of obesity among Black and Hispanic kids may have more to do with where children are raised than their race, according to a revealing study by the University of Michigan Health System. Read more.

Girls basketball team with Piston mascot Hooper

Basketball team celebrates with Hooper

The girls' basketball team from Powell Middle School, a Building Healthy Communities: Engaging middle schools through Project Healthy Schools partnership school helped Detroit Pistons' mascot, Hooper, celebrate his birthday. Read more.

10 years of research powerpoint cover

Presentation Highlights 10 Years of PHS Research

Since 2005, PHS' research team has delivered over 85 presentations, abstracts and papers on topics related to childhood health and interventions for reducing childhood obesity. View presentation.

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