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Michigan schools getting a jump start on mental health and well-being


ALPENA, Mich -For the past 11 years the Building Healthy Communities Program  supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield and many other entities has empowered students in the way of healthier diets and increased physical activity.

With Covid–19 impacting both students and staff, another component has been added focusing on mental health and well–being.

Michigan schools K–12 have been invited to apply for the newly added program, Step up For School Awareness.

The purpose of the program is to better understand and manage emotions considering the upheaval students and staff have faced due to COVID–19.

Spokesperson, Lynda Rossi, said she is hoping the opportunity to participate gives schools additional resources and support as they return in the Fall.

Over the past 11 years, Building Healthy Communities has been embraced by more than 800 schools across the state.

It has empowered close to 400,000 students resulting in developing better habits and living healthier lives.

Rossi also said that healthy habits start young and the additional focus on mental–health is important.

Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline to apply is Monday, September 30.

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