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Health Program for Michigan Elementary Schools

Michigan elementary schools have been invited to apply for a program that focuses improving children’s health.

The Building Healthy Communities program will select 20 schools to take part this year in the effort, which is partnership of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Wayne State University Center for School Health, the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

The program is valued at $50,000 per school and will emphasize physical activity, healthful eating and healthful breakfasts in schools.

The partners have contributed $1 million in combined funding, expertise and resources. The program has reached more than 45,000 students since it launched in 2009, Blue Cross Blue Shield says.

Applications, which are due by March 15, 2013, are available through the Wayne State University website.

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