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Center for School Health

Center for School Health

Building Healthy Communities Program

"Building Healthy Communities is a partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the University of Michigan, the Wayne State University Center for School Health, the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan."

Are you interested in helping your students be healthier and learn better at school? Consider applying for a FREE "Healthy School Transformation"

On behalf of the Building Healthy Communities partnership, the Wayne State University Center for School Health is now accepting applications from Michigan elementary schools to undergo a "Healthy School Transformation" during the 2014-2015 school year. Healthy School transformations embed physical activity and healthy eating opportunities and education throughout the school environment to increase children's health, fight childhood obesity and improve academic achievement. The transformation package includes: at school services by a healthy school educator, technical assistance, curricula, equipment, supplies, and professional development. Schools that have previously undergone health school transformations describe the program as powerful, impactful, and very school-friendly. All elementary schools, irrespective of socio-economic status, racial/ethnic demographics, size, or geographic location in Michigan are encouraged to apply. Please read the Request for Applications below for additional information about the program to determine if it is a good fit for your school. Interested schools should then download the application below, complete it, and follow the submission guidelines. All applications are due by March 14, 2014.  


2014-2015 Request for Applications



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2012 - 2013 Schools

Cleveland Elementary in Livonia: Students Get Involved in Healthy Eating Projects Leadership

The Student Leadership Team at this Building Healthy Communities School planned and served a healthy breakfast which featured a make-your-own yogurt parfait bar.

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Princeton Elementary Kicks Off Their Grant Program

Princeton Elementary in St. Clair Shores has embraced the Building Healthy Communities Program.  A kick-off assembly was held in November where the “Swingset Mommas” got students excited about healthy eating and physical activity in a fun and interactive way.

Building Healthy Communities School Taste Testing

This Livonia elementary school participated for the 20th year in Jump Rope for Heart with the theme “Rock the Beat.”  They changed it this year to include healthy eating.   Students took a break from jumping and and had a healthy snack of fruit kabobs and water. This was done in the gym two classrooms at a time.
This Livonia school involved the entire student body in a tasting event to expose students to different fruits. A fruit kabob was provided to them with  several different colors and flavors.  Teachers were treated to a lunch served by the Student Leadership Team that included the fruit kabobs as well as cottage cheese, muffins and banana bread.  A the main event for the week was their 20th Jump Rope for Heart with the theme of “Rock the Beat.”

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A healthy event at a Building Healthy Communities School”

Cass Elementary had all the "trimmings" for a fun, festive and yes, healthy event to celebrate the coming of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The turkey trotters of Cass kicked off the school year's Fuel Up to Play 60 program, by setting out on a chilly walk around the school building.

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