FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2016
CONTACT: Jennifer Eisner, (517) 241-2112
Michigan schools taking steps to support student health
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan schools are taking the initiative to build healthier school environments as part of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan. In recognition of these efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Governor Rick Snyder are recognizing 38 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits, and tobacco-free lifestyles among students.
“Thanks to the schools recognized today, 17,000 students have been impacted by positive changes made in their school environments,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDHHS. “When Michigan schools promote healthy lifestyles, it helps reduce childhood obesity and encourages children to adapt their healthy habits that improve their future health outcomes.”
The Michigan School Wellness Award program is part of the Governor’s Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan. MDHHS, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Action for Healthy Kids, and the Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan Coalition today recognized Michigan’s award-winning schools at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.
The Michigan School Wellness Award program aims to engage schools statewide in creating healthy school environments by establishing School Wellness Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes.
Schools that have achieved all of these elements are recognized with the top level Gold award.
This year’s winners laud such achievements as physical environment changes to encourage healthy eating, farm to school programs and school gardens, increased opportunities for physical activity and nutrition education for Staff. The winners of this year’s School Wellness Awards include:
- Fairview STEM in Lansing
- Fremont School in Battle Creek
- Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills
- Laker Middle/High School in Pigeon
- New Haven High School
- Prairieview School in Battle Creek
- Reeths-Puffer Elementary School in Muskegon
- Unionville-Sebewaing Elementary School in Unionville
- Valley View Elementary School in Springfield
- Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming
- Washington Elementary School in Charlotte
- Woodview Elementary School in Belding
- Allendale Middle School
- Belding Middle School
- Clarenceville Middle School in Livonia
- Fred W. Ritter Elementary School in Carleton
- Roosevelt Elementary School in Keego Harbor
- Torrey Hill Intermediate School in Fenton
- Universal Learning Academy in Westland
- White Pine Middle School in Saginaw
- Atherton Elementary School in Burton
- Bendle Senior High School in Burton
- Carstens Elementary School in Detroit
- Cass Elementary School in Livonia
- Cleveland Elementary School in Livonia
- Grayson Elementary School in Waterford
- Holmes Elementary School in Ypsilanti
- Hughes Elementary School in Marshall
- Clemens Montessori Academy
- Northwest High School in Jackson
- Powell Middle School in Washington
- Pullman Elementary School
- W. Kidder Middle School in Jackson
- Rockwell School in Warren
- Walters Elementary in Marshall
- Whitefish Township School in Paradise
- Woodlands Developmental Center in Marysville
- Yake Elementary School in Woodhaven
To apply for the program, schools provide information about nutrition, physical education/ activity, and tobacco-free practices and submit at least one success story.
To view school award winners and learn more about the School Wellness Award Program and other resources available for schools, please visit www.mihealthtools.org/healthyschools.asp. For more information about the Michigan Health and Wellness 4×4 Plan, visit www.michigan.gov/healthymichigan.