Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

Start PHS in your school


A partnership with BCBSM and the Michigan Department Health and Human Services called Building Healthy Communities: Engaging middle schools through Project Healthy Schools provides an opportunity for eight additional middle schools to participate in the program. Apply today for the 2016-2017 school year.

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PHS selected as beneficiary of Rivals Challenge

MHealthy selected PHS as the beneficiary of its eight-week physical activity challenge between faculty, staff and spouses/OQAs of the University of Michigan and Ohio State. Join now and make an optional donation to PHS.

Detroit Lions quarterback promotes healthy lifestyle at Vista Charter

Detroit Lions quarterback promotes healthy lifestyle at Vista Charter

Students at Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming got a special visit from Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford in recognition of the school's work to help students adopt healthy habits. Watch the video.

Poster Presentation

Childhood Habits Predict Heart Disease Risk & win ACC Best Poster Award

PHS Researchers reported sixth graders with four or more unhealthy habits were more likely to be overweight or obese and have cardiovascular disease risk factors compared to students with 0 to one unhealthy habit.

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