The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Rick Snyder are recognizing 24 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits, and tobacco-free lifestyles among students.

All of the award-winning schools are building healthier school environments as a part of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan.

"Throughout the 24 schools recognized today, more than 10,000 students have been impacted by the positive changes made in their school environments," said Nick Lyon, director of the MDHHS. "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."

Some of the healthy highlights of this year's winners include: no-cost physical activity opportunities before and after school, universal breakfast, alternative breakfast methods, school gardens, promoting healthy eating, tobacco free environments, and promoting healthy habits to school staff.

The winners of this year’s School Wellness Awards are:

Honorable Mention

  • Barber Focus School of Math, Science and Technology in Highland Park
  • Onaway Elementary School in Onaway


  • Akron-Fairgrove Elementary School in Akron
  • Allendale Middle School in Allendale
  • Belding Middle School in Belding
  • Fairview School in Lansing
  • James T. Jones Elementary School in Gladstone
  • Laker Middle/High School in Pigeon
  • Monroe Co. Youth Center in Monroe
  • Pullman Elementary School in Pullman
  • Torrey Hill Intermediate School in Fenton
  • Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming


  • Cass Elementary School in Livonia
  • W. Kidder Middle School in Jackson
  • Fitzgerald Senior High School in Warren
  • Three Lakes Academy in Curtis
  • Universal Learning Academy in Westland
  • William Beaumont Elementary School in Waterford
  • Woodlands Developmental Center in Marysville


  • Atherton Elementary School in Burton
  • Carstens Elementary School in Detroit
  • Clemens Montessori Academy in Mt. Clemons
  • New Haven High School in New Haven
  • NorthWest High School in Jackson
The award-winning schools were recognized in a special ceremony at the State Capitol on May 13.

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