How to apply for the Building Healthy Communities program

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If you want to apply for the Building Healthy Communities program, this information will tell you how.

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Could your school benefit from a program designed to help improve the school environment and encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity?

The Building Healthy Communities program might be a good fit for your school. There are three options for schools to consider:

  • Step Up for School Wellness program
  • Elementary school program
  • Middle school program

Who can apply?

The program is open to K-12 (depending on the program) public, charter and private nonprofit schools in Michigan. Schools that have already participated (PDF) in the program are not eligible.

How can I apply?

Step Up for School Wellness program

We're accepting applications until 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2016. Read an overview of the program in our 2016-2017 program description (PDF). You can apply here. You'll need to register for a Building Healthy Communities account before applying.

The program will run from April 2016 to June 2017. 

If you're interested in learning more about this program, you can register for an informational webinar for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2016. After registering, you'll get a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Elementary school program

We're accepting applications until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Read an overview of the program in our 2016-2017 program description (PDF). You can apply here

The program will run from September 2016 to June 2017.

If you're interested in learning more about this program, you can participate in an informational call for 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. Just call 605-475-4700 and enter access code: 759821#.

Middle school program

The application period for the 2015-2016 school year has ended. Please check back regularly for information on future program opportunities.

Our partners

Our collaborating partners help us create healthy school environments and improve the health of Michigan children.

They are:

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • United Dairy Industry of Michigan
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
  • Action for Healthy Kids

Watch this video to see how Building Healthy Communities is helping Michigan kids get healthier.

If you need more information, email Shannon Carney Oleksyk at soleksyk@bcbsm.com.

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