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Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities™ (HSHC™) is a program developed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and is implemented by trained educators. HSHC™ aligns with SNAP-Ed messaging to empower students, educators, and families to eat better and move more where they learn, eat, play, and work. The program incorporates a planned curriculum, food samplings, structured physical activity, and books. It is available for three levels of programming:

  • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
  • Lower Elementary
  • Upper Elementary

To review the 2018-2019 program outcomes, please visit our Childhood Program Outcomes page.

To learn more about SNAP-Ed and how the NKFM can support you and your SNAP benefits, visit our SNAP-Ed at NKFM page.


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Program Components

Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities™ Curriculum

This curriculum, developed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, is available for three levels of programming: Pre-k and Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary. The content is consistent with SNAP-Ed messaging and empowers students to choose healthy foods and to be physically active.

Health through Literacy™

Participating classrooms receive a grade-specific bag of 5-6 books with nutrition or  physical activity messages.


FitBits™ are 7-10 minute physical activity breaks that teach nutrition concepts or physical and social skills. Participating classrooms receive grade-specific booklets with 30-40 activities.

Get Invovled

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff deliver HSHC™ in eligible sites through school year and summer programming with funding from MFF. The number of grant-funded sites is limited.

To learn more about having the HSHC™ program at your site, please contact:
Heidi Holoweski | hholoweski@nkfm.org | (313) 259-1574


Visit the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities™ website for more information:



USDA MyPlate Games and Activities

Meals 4 Kids: Assistance in finding meals available near you while schools are closed.

Physical Activity: Teach children the importance physical activity using websites and games.

MyPlate Kitchen: Quick and affordable healthy meals that the whole family will love.

Eat Well in a SNAP: Helping you and your family eat well all month long.

SNAP-Ed: Resources for assistance with benefits, eligibility, and purchasing items.

This project was funded in whole or in part by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.