Michigan schools get help to strengthen student health

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan helps schools create healthier environments

November 24, 2009

LANSING - Fifteen Michigan schools will receive help from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to assess how they can strengthen their efforts to promote physical activity and healthy eating among students.

Each school will use a $1,000 grant to complete the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT), which are used by schools to help identify their strengths and needs in these areas and helps them implement changes that can improve the overall health of students.

In partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, BCBSM is helping the following schools that submitted grant applications: Bath Community Schools, Bath; Ellis Elementary, Belding; Campbell School, Cass City Middle School, and Cass City High School in Cass City; Henry Ford Academy, Dearborn; Robert Burns Schools, Pulaski School, and Carstens Elementary in Detroit; Farwell Middle School, Farwell; Floyd M. Jewett Elementary, Mesick. Upper Peninsula schools include: Iron Mountain Schools, Iron Mountain; William G. Mather Elementary, and Munising Middle and High School in Munising; and St. Ignace Elementary, St. Ignace.

After a school completes an assessment, it receives a list of action items to help the school make improvements. The school then implements a policy that enables it to launch a new initiative to promote physical activity or healthy eating.

"By completing the assessment, the 15 selected schools are showing their commitment and initiative toward building healthy school environments. We are grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for supporting them in this effort," says Marci Scott, vice president of health programs for the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

As the largest nonprofit health insurance company in the state, BCBSM is uniquely committed to helping enhance the communities where we live and work. BCBSM supports community-based initiatives that advance their mission to promote access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage and improve the health of Michigan residents, particularly children and seniors.

"By targeting critical public health issues, such as childhood obesity, we believe the overall health of Michigan residents can be improved significantly. Teaching children the importance of healthy eating and physical activity will help them adopt healthier behaviors, which they will hopefully carry with them into adulthood," said Diane Valade, BCBSM director of social mission.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation envisions an educated population with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy, vigorous and safe lifestyle in communities designed to support physical activity. For more information, visit michiganfitness.org.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to 4.7 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. The company offers a broad variety of plans including: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred®, Community Blue℠ and Healthy Blue Incentives℠ PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living℠; Flexible Blue℠ plans compatible with health savings accounts; Medicare Advantage; Part D Prescription Drug plans, and MyBlue℠ products in the under-age-65 individual market. The Blues also offer dental, vision and hearing plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.

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