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MICHIGAN — Michigan schools that are taking action to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles are encouraged to apply for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2017 School Wellness Award.

“Healthy school environments help students achieve their academic potential and support the development of life-long healthy habits by our children,” said MDHHS Directeor Nick Lyon. “We hope that many schools will take advantage of this opportunity to be recognized for making their schools healthier.”

The Michigan School Wellness Award encourages schools to establish School Health Teams, complete the Healthy School Action Tools and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes to create healthier schools. The deadline for schools to submit applications is midnight April 19.

The application and additional information about the award is at

MDHHS presents the award in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Action for Healthy Kids and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Schools taking exemplary steps to improve the health of students and staff will be recognized in May at an awards ceremony at the State Capitol.