BOYNE CITY — Boyne City elementary and middle schools are the recipients of a five-year, $500,000 grant for a school wellness program.
The Michigan Department of Community Health awarded the grant to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.
School wellness programs include nursing services, individual and group health education using evidence-base curricula and interventions, school staff training and professional development and mental health services.
“We’re delighted to be working together with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to improve students’ health in Boyne City,” said Peter Moss, superintendent of Boyne City Public Schools. “We embrace the notion, ‘healthy kids learn better.’”
Moss added that similar programs have shown positive impact on school attendance, school achievement and school completion.
Tami Frampus, a long-time nurse for Boyne City schools, will serve as the school wellness program nurse. While she will continue to see students who become sick or hurt at school, the project will also focus on nutrition and physical activity. Frampus will lead a research-based project to make changes in the middle school cafeteria with the goal to increase student consumption of fruits and vegetables.
This is the third major grant for school-based child and adolescent health the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has received from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Other school-based wellness programs include the Ironmen Health Center in Mancelona and the Hornet Health Center in the Pellston middle-high school.