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 play. The Extraordinary Organization award honors organizations with an extraordinary record of giving and stewardship that focuses on improving the environment where people live, learn, work, pray and play.

Project Healthy Schools was one of three finalists for this highly competitive award. The finalists were announced in March, just before the start of the pandemic. The awards gala, originally scheduled for April 23, was rescheduled for August 20 as a virtual awards celebration. Watch the virtual awards presentation video.

18 schools win school wellness awards

Out of 46 schools that received 2019 Michigan School Wellness Awards, 18 of the schools (or 39%) are using the Project Healthy Schools (PHS) program. Most of these schools started PHS as part of the Building Healthy Communities partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The Michigan School Wellness Award program is a collaboration between the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Action for Healthy Kids and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan Coalition.

The program encourages schools statewide to create healthy school environments by establishing school wellness teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. Schools that have achieved all of these elements are recognized with the top level Gold award. The winning PHS schools include:

Gold Award Winners:

  • Allendale Middle School, Allendale
  • John D. Pierce Middle School, Waterford
  • MacDonald Middle School, East Lansing
  • Negaunee Middle School, Negaunee
  • Portland Middle School, Portland

Silver Award Winners:

  • Cherryland Middle School, Elk Rapids
  • Creekside Middle School, Dexter
  • DeWitt Middle School, DeWitt
  • East Middle School, Plymouth
  • Grass Lake Middle School, Grass Lake
  • Powell Middle School, Washington
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, Coldwater
  • St. Mary Catholic School, Pinckney
  • Thunder Bay Junior High School, Alpena
  • University Preparatory Academy Middle School, Detroit
  • Vista Charter Academy, Grand Rapids

Bronze Award Winners

  • Bentley Middle School, Burton
  • Pittsford Middle/High School, Pittsford

Congratulations to the above schools, their administrators, wellness champions and wellness teams for providing a shining example of what it takes to build a healthy school community.