Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

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Project Healthy Schools Lessons Learned

Recently, the Michigan Medicine-led team behind Project Healthy Schools shared some key findings from 13 years of PHS research in the American Journal of Medicine. Read the Michiganhealthlab.org blog post about the research.

Manager of Project Healthy Schools interviewed for Healthline.com article


Jean DuRussel-Weston, manager of Project Healthy Schools, was interviewed by Healthline.com for an article about what makes a school healthy. Read the article.

PHS partners with U-M's schools of Kinesiology, Architecture and Education

PHS partners with U-M's schools of Kinesiology, Architecture and Education

Learn about InPACT, a program that helps teachers include 10 three-minute activity breaks throughout the day. The best part? The breaks are incorporated right into the existing lesson. Watch this video from BTN LiveBIG to see the program in action.

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Students at Ishpeming Middle School were introduced to a couple of snacks that feature nothing but healthy items. The cooking and eating demonstration was all part of a grant from the Superior Health Foundation and Project Healthy Schools. Watch the video.

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
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