Project Healthy Schools wins Governor’s Fitness Award

On August 20, Project Healthy Schools won the Governor’s Fitness Award in the Extraordinary Organization category. Presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Governor’s Fitness Awards recognize communities, organizations, and individuals who inspire people to eat healthy and move more where they live, work and […]

18 schools win Michigan School Wellness Awards

In June, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recognized 50 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits and tobacco-free lifestyles; 18 of the award winning schools use the Project Healthy Schools (PHS) program. Fifty percent of the Gold award winners use PHS. These schools started PHS as part of the […]

PHS now offers vaping and infectious diseases prevention lessons

This summer, the PHS team, in partnership with U-M experts from the Tobacco Consultation Service, Michigan Medicine, the School of Public Health, and the Medical School, developed two new lesson modules on vaping and infectious disease prevention. Based on feedback from teachers and wellness champions, both of these subjects are highly relevant for middle school […]

Gender-specific physiological and behavioral differences in PHS students

Graph of Health Behaviors of Boys and Girls at Baseline

Prior research has shown differences in physiologic and behavioral measurements of adolescent boys and girls. The PHS team sought to determine if similar gender-specific differences exist between PHS participants before and after the program. Health behavior data from 19,959 sixth graders (49.2% girls) and physiologic data from 2,922 sixth graders (52.8% girls) were collected between […]

Safe Routes to School grant funds bike education for under-served and disabled students

PHS is partnering with Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) to provide opportunities for increased physical activity through biking and bike education programing for under-served K-8 students and students with disabilities within the cities of Detroit and Ypsilanti. Eight schools will participate in the program, including: Dixon Educational Learning Academy, Hope of Detroit Academy, Paul […]

Nine new schools starting BHC:PHS program

Nine new schools are starting the Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Middle Schools through Project Healthy Schools program this fall. The new schools include: American Montessori Academy Upper Campus, Westland Beacon Day Treatment, Southgate Detroit Community Elementary/ Middle School, Detroit East Middle School, Farmington Hills Farmington STEAM Academy, Farmington Hills OJ DeJonge Middle School, Ludington St […]

PHS Introduces a New Website & Logo


PHS is introducing a new website and logo. You may have noticed the new logo in this newsletter’s header. The new website provides a user-friendly platform for those interested in learning more about PHS and Building Healthy Communities and includes more resources for families. PHS is beginning to replace the old logo and transition to […]

Grant supports partnership for a district-wide model for school wellness


University of Michigan’s Project Healthy Schools and Wayne State University’s Center for Health and Community Impact recently partnered to receive a two year, $500,000 Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The collaboration will expand on the success of the Building Healthy Communities program by creating a district-wide model for school […]

See what is Cooking at Grass Lake


To encourage a healthier community, Grass Lake hosted after-school cooking classes for students in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. The cooking classes were offered approximately once per month and cost about $125 in materials per class. Each class held about 25 students. Participants learned about food preparation, where to obtain local produce, and were introduced […]