Building Healthy Communities Schools Making a Difference

Taylar Kobylas

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We all love to see kids being active and making healthy choices at school, but sometimes options just don't seem available. That's where Blue Cross's Building Healthy Communities program comes in. Building Healthy Communities was founded in 2009 to fight childhood obesity and lead children to a healthier future. It has since grown into a partnership between BCBSM and the Michigan Department of Community Health, among other partners. Building Healthy Communities has components ranging from healthy eating and physical activity to establishing a supportive school environment. The comprehensive, school-wide program is also designed to educate students on healthy habits and encourage them to carry the habits beyond the classroom. To better show these options, we stopped by a BHC program school, Madison Elementary, to see how the changes were working out for students and staff. Though some elements are BHC specific, many are just healthy habits that the school is implementing. Here are a few of the noticeable differences:
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