Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

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

PHS News

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PROJECT HEALTHY SCHOOLS' RESPONSE TO COVID-19

When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PHS developed a PHS Online Resources website to provide teachers, students and families with physical activity, nutrition, family engagement, screen time, and mindfulness resources, as well as other health education materials and video for online education. Visit: phsonlineresources.org.

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PROJECT HEALTHY SCHOOLS IS A FINALIST IN 2020 GOVERNOR'S FITNESS AWARDS

The Michigan Fitness Foundation announced that Project Healthy Schools is one of three finalists for the Extraordinary Organization category of the Governor's Fitness Awards. The winners will be announced through a virtual awards celebration some time in August.



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COLUMBIA STUDENTS LEARN THAT CHOICES AFFECT THE 'LONG ROAD'

Over the course of about three weeks in each school year, the sixth-grade teachers at the Columbia Upper Elementary School in Brooklyn engage their students in a hands on study of 10 PHS lessons. Read the article.

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