Wayne State University

Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative – Mariane Fahlman

The Detroit Healthy Youth Initiative provides students with the knowledge, opportunities and support needed to make positive changes in their food environment and choices. High school students engage in activities designed around the USDA dietary guidelines focused on eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains; making healthy choices at fast food restaurants; controlling portion sizes; balancing caloric intake with energy expenditures; and, choosing low-fat snacks. Youth participate in a series of lessons across the school year that present culturally relevant topics, initiate environmental and behavioral analysis, provide healthy eating demonstrations, and connect topics with home and community contexts.

Partners/Funders

United States Department of Agriculture, Michigan Nutrition Network

Community Outreach

11 Detroit High Schools, 28,169 students

Start Date

2011