LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Governor Rick Snyder recently recognized 24 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits and tobacco-free lifestyles among students at a special ceremony at the State Capitol.
"Throughout the 24 schools recognized, more than 10,000 students have been impacted by the positive changes made in their school environments," said Nick Lyon, director of the MDHHS, in a prepared statement. "The effort put forth by these schools to promote healthy lifestyles has helped contribute to a decline in childhood obesity and is proof that Michigan is moving in the right direction."
The Michigan School Wellness Award program is part of the Governor’s Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan, which aims to engage schools statewide in creating healthy school environments by establishing coordinated school health teams, completing healthy school action tools and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes.
Some of the award-winning schools include Akron-Fairgrove Elementary School in Akron, Fitzgerald Senior High School in Warren, Clemens Montessori Academy in Mt. Clemons and Onaway Elementary School in Onaway.