Bordered by four of the Great Lakes, a person in Michigan is never more than six miles from a natural water source. Because of its proximity to water, Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. It is also home to the country's three major automobile companies whose headquarters are located within the Detroit metropolitan area, the state’s largest city.
With plentiful lakes and a variety of economic opportunities, Michigan has lots to off its residents. But aside from these many attributes, it bears a troubling problem: Nearly one out of every three children and adolescents in the state is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Michigan
In Michigan, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 860 schools serving over 413,000 students have joined the Healthier Generation's Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, eight Michigan schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 5,500 youth in 56 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from school champions from just one of the many schools and districts we work with in Michigan: 2015 National Healthy Schools Gold Award-winner Atherton Elementary School, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2009.