80 Michigan Schools to Join Innovative Health and Wellness-Based Building Healthy Communities Program

80 Michigan Schools to Join Innovative Health and Wellness-Based Building Healthy Communities Program

DETROIT, Nov. 20, 2017— Eighty Michigan schools statewide, representing grades K-12, were chosen to join the Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness program that supports children’s health by providing students, teachers and administrators with the necessary tools to create a healthier school environment.

Schools were invited to apply for Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness in August, one of the three programs under the successful Building Healthy Communities program. This program provides students, teachers and administrators with the training, curriculum, equipment, funds, communication tools and external coaches needed to create a healthy school environment that supports a culture of wellness. Step Up for School Wellness is flexible to meet the diverse needs of school buildings across the state.

Building Healthy Communities is supported by multiple statewide organizations, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Team Nutrition, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University Center for Health and Community Impact and Action for Healthy Kids.

“We are proud to continue our strong partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in further implementing this program statewide,” said Nick Lyon, Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Together with our various and knowledgeable partners, we’re committed to the investments we are making in the lives of Michigan’s children and to creating a healthier future for our state.”

Participating schools choose at least one physical activity and at least one nutrition component from the following: classroom physical activity breaks, active recess, quality physical education, walk-n-run fun, healthy out-of-school time, healthy smoothies, smarter lunchrooms, healthy parties and celebrations and nutrition education.

“The Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness programming has empowered students in participating schools across the state to start thinking about their wellness choices more and practice making healthy choices during the school day,” said Lynda Rossi, executive vice president, Strategy, Government and Public Affairs for Blue Cross. “We are working together with schools to teach future generations the importance of healthy eating and daily physical activity to establish habits that can last a lifetime.”

Building Healthy Communities has been embraced by more than 600 schools across the state, helping over 270,000 students develop better habits and live healthier lives. It supports Blue Cross’ ongoing commitment to children’s health and its #MIKidsCan campaign – an initiative focused on encouraging kids to adopt healthy habits early in life that are more likely to be carried into adulthood. Over the last 11 years, Blue Cross has given more than $6.5 million in support of kids’ health and wellness initiatives across the state. For more information on Blue Cross’ ongoing efforts to help improve childhood health, visit AHealthierMichigan.org/mikidscan or follow #MIKidsCan on Twitter.

The schools receiving the Building Healthy Communities: Step up for School Wellness program include:

School Location
Allen Park Community School Allen Park
Anderson Middle School Berkley
Barryton Elementary School Barryton
Bert Goens Learning Center Lawrence
Betsie Valley School Thompsonville
Bishop Kelley Memorial School Lapeer
Bloomingdale Elementary School Bloomingdale
Cass City Elementary School Cass City
Charlton Heston Academy St. Helen
Chikaming Elementary School Sawyer
Climax-Scotts High School Climax
Comstock STEM Academy Kalamazoo
Covert High School Covert
Covert Elementary School Covert
Daisy Brook Elementary School Fremont
Davis Middle School Hillsdale
Detroit Service Learning Academy Detroit
Dudley School Battle Creek
Dundee Elementary School Dundee
Fancher Elementary Mount Pleasant
George Crockett Academy Detroit
Glencairn School East Lansing
Gobles Elementary School Gobles
Greater Lansing Islamic School East Lansing
Greyhound Intermediate School Eaton Rapids
Highlands School Grand Rapids
Holy Ghost Lutheran School Monroe
Hope Academy of West MI Charter School Grand Rapids
Hope Middle School Holt
Inland Lakes Elementary School Indian River
International Academy at Hull Benton Harbor
Ishpeming Middle/High School Ishpeming
Julian O. Strong Middle School Melvindale
King-Westwood Elementary School Kalamazoo
Lake Superior Academy Sault Ste Marie
LaMora Park Elementary Battle Creek
Lighthouse Education Center Saint Joseph
Loyola High School Detroit
Lyle A. Torrant Center Jackson
Madison High School Madison Heights
Mancelona Elementary School Mancelona
Marjorie Carlson Elementary School Warren
Mason Central School Erie
Minges Brook School Battle Creek
Moccasin Elementary School Buchanan
Morrice Area Elementary School Morrice
Nah Tah Wahsh Public School Academy Wilson
New Groningen School Zeeland
Oakwood Elementary School Portland
Orchard View Early Elementary Muskegon
Ottawa Elementary School Buchanan
Parchment Middle School Parchment
Parchment Northwood Elem. School Kalamazoo
Post Franklin Elementary Battle Creek
Pullman Elementary School Pullman
Quincy Elementary School Zeeland
Redford Service Learning Academy Redford
Rockwell School Warren
Rogers Early Elementary Allen Park
Roosevelt Primary School Ferndale
Ross Beatty High School Cassopolis
Ruahmah J. Hutchings Elementary Howell
Saginaw ISD Transitions Center Saginaw
Sam Adams Elementary School Cassopolis
South Elementary School Watervliet
South Pointe Scholars Ypsilanti
Southwest Elementary School Howell
St. Augustine School Richmond
St. Frances Cabrini School Allen Park
St. Germaine Elementary School St. Clair Shores
St. Patrick School Portland
St. Peter Lutheran School Hemlock
St. Pius X Catholic School Flint
STEAM Academy at MLK Benton Harbor
Three Oaks Elementary School Three Oaks
Vulcan Middle School Norway
Westlake Elementary School Battle Creek
Williams Elementary School Jonesville
Williamston Discovery Elementary School Williamston
Woodcreek Achievement Academy Lansing

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more than 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com and MiBluesPerspectives.com.