Welcome to Project Healthy Schools (PHS)

A community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative

PHS feature in Michigan Research article

PHS featured in Michigan Research article

As part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Michigan Research takes a look at how U-M researchers from across campus are tackling this issue through an interdisciplinary approach. PHS is one of three U-M research programs featured. Read the article.

Detroit Lions quarterback promotes healthy lifestyle at Vista Charter

Rivals Challenge raises Money for PHS

University of Michigan faculty, staff and spouses contributed over $1,600 to Project Healthy Schools as an optional part of their participation in the Rivals Challenge, a free, eight-week physical activity challenge between U-M and The Ohio State University. Read more.

Detroit Lions quarterback promotes healthy lifestyle at Vista Charter

Detroit Lions quarterback promotes healthy lifestyle at Vista Charter

Students at Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming got a special visit from Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford in recognition of the school's work to help students adopt healthy habits. Watch the video.

Poster Presentation

Childhood Habits Predict Heart Disease Risk & win ACC Best Poster Award

PHS Researchers reported sixth graders with four or more unhealthy habits were more likely to be overweight or obese and have cardiovascular disease risk factors compared to students with 0 to one unhealthy habit.

PHS Video Project Healthy Schools (PHS) provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on sixth grade students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by:

  • teaching youth healthy habits
  • developing healthy school environments
  • creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication

Healthy youth who continue to practice healthy lifestyles will grow into healthy adults with fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic illness. Project Healthy Schools is one of the few school-based programs that have demonstrated significant improvements in both health behavior and cardiovascular risk factors, such as reductions in:

  • total cholesterol,
  • LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • triglycerides
  • blood pressure