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Communication Tools for September

As part of Building Healthy Communities, your school receives Communication Tools monthly.  The newsletter articles for parents, daily morning announcements and weekly social media posts for Facebook and Twitter are designed to help reinforce the healthy changes your school is making. If your school would like to enhance your communication efforts, we have some additional, optional opportunities outlined in a separate document, Building Healthy Communities: Communications Resource Guide.


Newsletter article for parents:

Insert the article below into any existing communication method already in place to reach families.


Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness

Our school has been selected to participate in the Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness program for the 2016-2017 school year. We are excited to participate in this program that provides students, teachers and administrators with the tools and support needed to grow our efforts toward a healthy school environment. Why is this important in schools? There is a positive connection between health and academic achievement. 


Through Building Healthy Communities, our school will be working on Smarter Lunchroom and Active Recess. We invite you talk with your student about these new wellness initiatives in our school and explore ways to practice the healthy behaviors learned at school. We look forward to a happy, healthy new school year with you and your student!


The Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness program is a partnership that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Team Nutrition, United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Action for Healthy Kids.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department (not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities).
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda/gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail, fax or email:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Director
Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
(202) 690-7442