Home » Local News, Rotating Features

Thunder Bay Jr. High earns wellness award

Submitted by on May 17, 2019 – 12:42 amNo Comment

A school in northeast Michigan has received a wellness award for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits and tobacco-free lifestyles.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recognized 46 schools for their wellness programs Thursday, during a special ceremony at the State Capitol.

The Michigan School Wellness Award program encourages schools statewide to create healthy school environments by establishing School Wellness Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes.

Schools that have achieved all of these elements are recognized with the top level Gold award.

While no schools in northeast Michigan earned a Gold award, Thunder Bay Junior High School in Alpena earned a Silver award for its wellness program, and was the only award winner in the entire region.

To apply for the program, schools provide information about nutrition, physical education/activity and tobacco-free practices. They are also required to submit at least one success story.