Building Healthy Communities is a school-wide initiative designed to prevent childhood obesity and create healthy school environments.

There are three program opportunities to help meet the needs of Michigan schools. All Michigan schools, grades K-12, are encouraged to apply for the program that best fits their school environment.

  • Schools with grades K-5 can apply now for the Elementary School Program. Applications are due April 13, 2018.  This comprehensive program is designed for elementary schools that are ready for multiple healthy eating and physical activity opportunities and education to be embedded throughout the school environment.
  • Schools with grades 6-8 can apply now for the Middle School Program. Applications are due March 30, 2018. This comprehensive model is designed for middle schools ready for multiple healthy eating and physical activity opportunities to be embedded throughout the school environment and education for all sixth graders.
  • Schools with grades K-12 are eligible for the Step Up for School Wellness Program. This application period will not open until April 2018 and applications will be due September 30, 2018. This flexible model is designed to help schools make smaller targeted improvements to their environment by allowing them to select components.

Please go to bcbsm.com/buildhealth to review eligibility information, a program comparison and detailed program descriptions in each Request for Applications. You’ll also find information on how to access informational webinars, conference calls and online applications.

Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Team Nutrition, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, University of Michigan, Wayne State University Center for School Health and Action for Healthy Kids are working together to improve student health and transform school environments through Building Healthy Communities.