Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

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

3rd annual Fast Food for Thought

University hosts third annual Fast Food for Thought

Project Healthy Schools Program Manager Jean DuRussel-Weston spoke at 'Fast Food for Thought: 10 tiny talks about food and agriculture" on October 25. The event, hosted by the U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, featured 10 U-M faculty members. Watch the video.

Group of Champions

Wellness Champion Gathering on November 14, 2016

Wellness champions, teachers and principals from PHS schools are invited to a semi-annual meeting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 11/14/16 at the United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s (UDIM) office in Okemos. Attendees receive four SCECHs. RSVP to your wellness coordinator by 11/4.

Project Healthy Schools Featured in Concentrate Media Article

Find out how PHS is spreading better nutrition through education in area schools. The article features two Ann Arbor siblings who had PHS in middle school and returned as high school Health Ambassadors to teach the PHS lessons in their old middle school. Read the article.

PHS feature in Michigan Research article

PHS featured in Michigan Research article

As part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Michigan Research takes a look at how U-M researchers from across campus are tackling this issue through an interdisciplinary approach. PHS is one of three U-M research programs featured. Read the article.

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