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Schools Recognized for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
Michigan Ag Connection - 05/15/2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Gov. Rick Snyder recognized 46 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits and tobacco-free lifestyles among more than 17,000 students.

"Schools are in a unique position to encourage young people to develop healthy lifestyles by providing regular opportunities for physical activity and encouraging healthy eating," said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. "Our partnerships, collaborative efforts and programs like the School Wellness Awards Program are helping to promote a healthier Michigan."

The Michigan School Wellness Award program is part of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan, and a 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. Michigan's award-winning schools were recognized May 10 during 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 (HSAT) and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. Schools are honored with bronze-, silver- and gold-level awards, with schools achieving all of these elements being recognized with gold awards.

This year's winners laud such achievements as increasing the amount of time each week that students participate in physical education; farm to school programs; and engaging students to lead for healthy lifestyles. The winners of this year's School Wellness Awards include:

Gold

- Allendale Middle School Lamora Park Elementary School

- Atherton Elementary School MacDonald Middle School

- Bentley Middle School Minges Brook Elementary School

- Coopersville South Elementary School Post Franklin Elementary School

- Dudley STEM Prairieview Elementary School

- Hunter Elementary School Westlake Elementary School

Silver

- Ashley Elementary School Kennedy Elementary School

- Betsie Valley Elementary Lakeview Elementary School

- Blair Elementary School Lighthouse Education Center

- Boyne City Middle School Negaunee High School

- Brookside Elementary School Negaunee Middle School

- Cass City Elementary School Portland Middle School

- Cherryland Middle School Riverside Elementary School

- Clinton Middle School St. Germaine Elementary School

- Dundee Elementary School Valley View Elementary School

- E.B. Holman Elementary School Vista Charter Academy

- East Middle School White Pine Middle School

Bronze

- Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Middle School Parchment Middle School

- Challenger Elementary School St. Mary Catholic School

- Highland Pines School St. Peter Lutheran School

- Holmes Elementary School Unionville-Sebewaing Elementary School

- Milan Middle School Woodcreek Achievement Center

- Noor International Academy New Haven High School

- Ochard View Early Elementary

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, visit Swa.mihealthtools.org. For schools interested in completing the HSAT and making healthy changes, visit www.mihealthtools.org/hsat. For more information about the Michigan Health and Wellness 4x4 Plan, visit Michigan.gov/healthymichigan.

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