9 UP schools selected for student health and wellness grants

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Aspen Ridge Middle School, along with 8 other U.P. schools have been chosen to join a Michigan student health initiative. It's called Project Healthy Schools.

The program is part of Building Healthy Communities, a statewide effort organized by Blue Cross Blue Shield, to improve student health and wellness and reduce childhood obesity. Project Healthy Schools is sponsored by the University of Michigan.

The 9 U.P. schools selected will receive grants to pay for training, curriculum, and equipment for wellness classes. Grant money will also be used to purchase new gym equipment.

“We can teach students about a healthy lifestyle and increase their attitudes and awareness,” said Libby Nelson, Art Teacher at Aspen Ridge Middle School. “The major goal is to decrease childhood obesity and encourage students to be healthy.”

Building Healthy Communities school wellness programs will take effect early next year.

The selected Upper Peninsula schools are: Aspen Ridge Middle School, Forest Park School District, Gladstone Junior High School, Wakefield-Marenisco School, Washington Middle School, Ishpeming Middle/High School, Lakeview Elementary School, South Range Elementary School, and T.R. Davis Elementary School.

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