Building Healthy Communities – Nate McCaughtry, Erin Centeio 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.

Building Healthy Communities Impact Results

  • 2017 BHC - Engaging Elementary Schools through Partnership


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation
  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan
  • University of Michigan Project Healthy Schools
  • Food Corps
  • Gopher Sports
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Community Outreach

2015-2016 school year: 15,100 students, 40 schools, 760 school personnel

From 2009 until present day: 89,425 students, 228 schools, and 2993 school personnel

Start Date



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We will create and advance knowledge, prepare a diverse student body to thrive, and positively impact local and global communities.