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Building Healthy Communities Program

A partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Fitness Foundation, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Wayne State University’s Center for School Health, called Building Healthy Communities: Engaging elementary schools through partnership, provides an opportunity for elementary schools to participate a healthy schools transformation program while building an environment for long-term sustainability.

Building Healthy Communities is built on a comprehensive school health philosophy under which healthy eating and physical activity opportunities and education are embedded throughout the school environment.   This healthy school transformation gives students, teachers and administrators the tools they need to change the school environment through healthy living activities and education. Successful programs involve a variety of people at the school and provide education and information for students at different times and places during the day. 

The goals of the Building Healthy Communities program are to:

  • Improve the health environments in the areas of physical activity and healthy eating opportunities in Michigan elementary schools using a six-component intervention model.
  • Improve elementary school students’ physical activity and healthy eating behaviors, attitudes and self-efficacy.

Michigan elementary schools invited to apply for program that helps kids improve their health

Building Healthy Communities emphasizes physical activity and healthy eating in schools

How to apply for the Building Healthy Communities Program

Who is this for?

 If you want to apply for the Building Healthy Communities program, this information will tell you how.

    Would you like to create an environment at your school that supports and encourages healthy eating  and physical activity? Could your students benefit from learning about healthy eating and physical activity?

The Building Healthy Communities program might be a good fit for your school.

How to apply

We're accepting elementary school program applications for the 2015-2016 school year starting Jan. 2015. Applications are due on March 2, 2015 by 5 p.m.

  1. Read an overview of the program in our 2015-2016 Request for Applications. You'll find information about elibigibility, requirements and how the program works.
  2. Then fill out the 2015-2016 online application.

Find out more

Note: We are accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year are no longer accepting applications for 2014-2015 school year. Watch this website for information about future Building Healthy Communities expansion opportunities!