Wayne State University
Studying 14

Building Healthy Communities Program

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

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is built on a comprehensive school health model where health education and opportunities are embedded throughout the school and student's day. A "healthy" school day would look like this:

  • The principal reads the Healthy Tip of the Day as part of the morning announcements
  • BHC nutrition educators come in to the classrooms to provide a series of nutrition lessons, which always include a parent component (healthy homework)
  • The PE teachers participate in training to offer instruction focused on teaching students skills for lifelong activity, rather than sports
  • A large, mobile cart filled with items students can use to be active (balls, hoops, jump ropes) is pulled out onto the recess area changing "stand around" recess into an active one
  • Student leadership teams take the lea to plan and offer healthy school-wide events through participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program
  • Healthy Kids Clubs are held after school an include a discussion about the Healthy Tip of the Day, a healthy snack with nutrition education, a mileage walking an jogging session, an a fun physical or nutrition activity that is non-competitive