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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Thinking on their feet: In-class exercise helps fight childhood obesity while kids learn.

For the past two years, Project Healthy Schools has collaborated with the School of Kinesiology on a classroom-based physical activity intervention called InPACT. Watch this Stories of the State video about the InPACT program at Munger Elementary-Middle School in Detroit.

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A partnership with BCBSM and the Michigan Department Health and Human Services called Building Healthy Communities: Engaging middle schools through Project Healthy Schools provides an opportunity for more middle schools to participate in the program. Apply today for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Washington Middle School in the U.P. holds PHS kickoff

Sixth grade students at Washington Middle School in Calumet are accepting the challenge to live a healthier lifestyle as they kick off the PHS program as part of Healthy Kids U. P., funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Watch the video from TV6 - FoxUP.

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