Building Healthy Communities initiative funds childhood health programs in 20 Michigan elementary schools

This fall the Blues, in partnerships with the Center for School Health in the College of Education at Wayne State University and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, kicked off the latest round of the Building Healthy Communities school-based childhood obesity grants initiative.

BCBSM has supported efforts to fight childhood obesity since 2004 with more than $4.3 million in grant funding to schools across the state. We know we need to continue, with 30.6 percent of youth ages 10 to 17 in Michigan overweight.

Collectively, the 20 elementary schools selected to participate in the program have more than 10,000 enrolled students. Each school will receive healthy school transformation packages, including resources, equipment, professional development and mentoring. The packages will help schools implement and sustain programming that addresses prevention of childhood obesity.

What does your school do to encourage healthy behavior? In the video below, school leaders share their thoughts on participating in the program during the 2012 school year.

Visit bcbsm.com/buildhealth or Wayne State’s Center for School Health for additional details about the Building Healthy Communities program.

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