Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Elementary Schools Through Partnership- Nate McCaughtry and Kristen Kaszeta


Building Healthy Communities is a comprehensive, healthy school transformation program reaching elementary and middle schools throughout Michigan to improve the physical activity, nutrition, and academic achievement of Michigan children. This healthy school transformation gives students, teachers and administrators the tools they need to change the school environment through healthy living activities and education.   These evidence-based, best practices engage principals, classroom teachers, P.E. teachers, school staff, and parents to provide consistent messages and educational opportunities that help children to make healthy choices. Through implementation and support of the various components, Building Healthy Communities has helped create healthier learning environments. Each component, principal engagement, classroom education on healthy eating and physical activity, quality physical education, active recess, student leadership teams, and an after-school healthy kids club, plays its own role in helping transform schools into healthier places for children to learn.

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Interested in applying your school to the Building Healthy Communities program? Please fill out our Request for Applications for a complete program description and then fill out an application for the 2020-2021 year. 

Schools MUST submit the application online to be considered for the 2020-2021 award.

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation
  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan


  • Food Corps
  • Gopher Sports
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

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2017-2018 school year: 16,024 students, 38 schools

From 2009 until present day: 105,308 students, 266 schools

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