Wayne State University

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 CommunitiesEngaging 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.

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Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.  We will announce the 2015-2016 participating schools on May 15, 2015.