Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

A community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative

PHS Video Project Healthy Schools (PHS) provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on sixth grade students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by:

  • teaching youth healthy habits
  • developing healthy school environments
  • creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication

Healthy youth who continue to practice healthy lifestyles will grow into healthy adults with fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic illness. Project Healthy Schools is one of the few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant improvements in both health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors, such as reductions in:

  • total cholesterol,
  • LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • triglycerides
  • blood pressure

PHS News

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PHS TEAM AWARDED PRESIDENT'S STAFF AWARD OF DISTINCTION

President Schlissel named the Project Healthy Schools (PHS) team as the winner of U-M's 2019 President's Staff Award of Distinction for teaching thousands of middle school students how to live healthy lives.

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ST. MARY BUNNY RUN RAISES MONEY FOR SCHOOL WELLNESS INITIATIVES

The two-mile fun run/walk in Pinckney, Michigan will raise money for school wellness initiatives as part of Project Healthy Schools. Runners from preschool age to great grandmothers participate.




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Thinking on their feet: In-class exercise helps fight childhood obesity while kids learn.

For the past two years, Project Healthy Schools has collaborated with the School of Kinesiology on a classroom-based physical activity intervention called InPACT. Watch this Stories of the State video about the InPACT program at Munger Elementary-Middle School in Detroit.


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COLUMBIA STUDENTS LEARN THAT CHOICES AFFECT THE 'LONG ROAD'

Over the course of about three weeks in each school year, the sixth-grade teachers at the Columbia Upper Elementary School in Brooklyn engage their students in a hands on study of 10 PHS lessons. Read the article.

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