Michigan schools recognized for promoting healthy lifestyles


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Gov. Rick Snyder recently 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:


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








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



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

Orchard 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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