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Welcome to Team Michigan!

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading non-profit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

The Michigan Action for Healthy Kids Team is committed to increasing its work directly with schools and districts by building its membership and utilizing proven programs that generate excitement about healthy schools. If you are interested in a leadership role in your region of Michigan, please email Deborah Grischke, MS, Michigan's AFHK State Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Wellness Policy Tool

AFHK's online Wellness Policy Tool will help schools and districts integrate the new Local School Wellness Policy regulations with the new Smart Snacks regulations through Coordinated School Health Teams.  View and use our Wellness Policy Tool at http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/resources/wellness-policy-tool

Congratulations Iron River 5K Participants!

Michigan Action for Healthy Kids was proud to be a sponsor for the 1st annual Iron River Community 5K Run-Walk. The event was held on June 4, 2014 and it hosted close to 400 parents, kids and other community members. The goal of the event was to create a fun and fitness friendly opportunity where everybody felt like a winner. 

The Learning Connection

Have you heard about Action for Healthy Kids' latest report, The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn, which outlines why healthy kids learn better? This tool can help schools, parents and community members across Illinois learn how to engage local schools to ensure that school wellness programs are being implemented so that kids are equipped for success.

Enhancing Healthy School Environments in Michigan Through AFHK Grants!

Congratulations to the following schools who received a 2014-15 Action for Healthy Kids School Grants for Healthy Kids:

Atherton High School (Atherton Community Schools)

Bentley Middle School and Bentley High School (Bentley Community Schools)

Benton Harbor High School (Benton Harbor Area Schools)

Cass City Elementary (Cass City Public Schools)

Jefferson Elementary (Coldwater Community Schools)

Corunna High School, Elsa Meyer Elementary, Louise Peacock Elementary, Nellie Reed Elementary (Corunna Public Schools)

Henry Ford Academy (Henry Ford Academy)

Bernard Davis Middle School (Hillsdale Community Schools)

Davisburg Elementary, Holly Elementary, Holly Middle School, Patterson Elementary, Rose Pioneer Elementary, (Holly Area Schools)

Jackson High School (Jackson Public Schools)

Madison High School, Wilkinson Middle School (Madison School District)

North Huron Elementary (North Huron Schols)

Springport Elementary, Springport Middle School, Springport Senior High School (Springport Public Schols)

Beaumont Elementary, Cooley Elementary, Durant High School, Douglas Houghton Elementary, Henry R Schoolcraft Elementary, Knudsen Elementary, Laura Smith Haviland Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Village Elementary (Waterford School District)

Great Lakes Elementary, Sheldon Woods Elementary, Woodside Elementary (West Ottawa Public Schools)

William C Abney Elementary Academy, William C Abney Middle Academy (William C Abney Academy)

Looking Ahead

Our goals are to:

1.  Support nutrition education through Action for Healthy Kids school grants.

2.  Support nutrition education by encouraging alternative breakfast methods that increase student participation.

3.  Support physical activity through Action for Healthy Kids community 5K run-walk events.

4.  Facilitate collaboration with partner organizations to strengthen Michgan's priorities around childhood wellness.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to get involved with Action for Healthy Kids in Michigan--from becoming a team member, to attending Action for Healthy Kids’ events, to making a financial contribution--you can help create a healthier environment for our kids! Please contact Deb Grischke for more information or click on one of the volunteer opportunities below:

JULY-OCTOBER 2014:  Partner with Michigan Action for Healthy Kids (MAFHK) and host a Team Healthy Kids 5K Run-Walk event in your community!  We will help plan your event, organize volunteers, and create a movement that supports childhood wellness!

If you feel compelled to lend your voice to one of most important issues of our time, and would like to take that first step towards creating a healthier environment for our kids, join the Action for Healthy Kids community by taking the Every Kid Healthy Pledge on the left-hand side of the page 


State Steering Committee

Ann Arbor VA Medical Center: Bethany Grzesiak (Central Region Team Leader)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:  Shannon Carney-Oleksyk
Kent County Health Department:  Dawn Davies (Western Region Team Leader)
Michigan Department of Education:  Nick Drzal and Diane Golzynski
Michigan Department of Community Health:  Karen Krabill-Yoder
Parent Action for Healthy Kids:  Barb Flis
Priority Health:  Amanda Behring
Michigan State University Extension:  Sarah Eichberger (Northern Region Team Leader)
United Dairy Industry of Michigan:  Anne Guyer
Food Service Consultant-Macomb ISD:  Carolyn Thomas (Eastern Region Team Co-Leader)
Waterford School District:  Doreen Simonds (Eastern Region Team Co-Leader)
West Iron County Schools:  Denise Maloney (Upper Peninsula Region Team Leader) (Healthy School Hero 2012-13)
Any individual or organization who is interested in being a member of  Michigan's State Steering Committee can submit a resume and letter of intent for review to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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