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

Kids Can Make Healthy Food Choices

Kids Can Make Healthy Food Choices:
Education Is Key

This is a wonderful article about the many benefits of farm-to-school programs, such as helping kids gain access to healthy, local foods in their cafeteria and providing educational opportunities like school gardens, cooking lessons, and field trips to area farms. Read the full article.

PHS Awarded a 2014 Champions for Healthy Kids Grant

PHS Awarded a 2014 Champions for Healthy Kids Grant

PHS was selected as one of 50 nonprofit organizations to receive a $20,000 grant to support programs that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families. This program, supported by the General Mills Foundation, is awarded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. More information is available.

PHS Featured in Skyline High School Science Wellness Fair

PHS Featured in Skyline High School Science Wellness Fair

Skyline student, Randy Strassburg, stands in front of his poster at Ann Arbor Skyline High School's Science of Wellness Expo on May 8. He was serving as a Project Healthy Schools Health Ambassador and teaching PHS lessons to sixth grade students as a final project in the Science of Wellness class.

PHS Wellness Champion Annual Spring Meeting

PHS Wellness Champion Annual Spring Meeting

PHS wellness champions from18 schools met at Ypsilanti Community Middle School-Willow Run Campus on May 1 for an evening of brainstorming, sharing, and networking. They were also briefed on the USDA's new Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools.

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