Healthy Haven: Project Healthy Community improves the lives of NW Detroit residents

Healthy Haven: Project Healthy Community improves the lives of NW Detroit residents

Winifred “Winnie” R. Williams, 70, cares for her 95-year-old mother every day. As an only child, she’s very protective of her mom, and access to fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein is a must in their household. The retired Chrysler supervisor is also giving back by volunteering at Project Healthy Community (PHC), which operates a […]

Moving Forward: A PE teacher’s perspective on how BHC is making a difference

Moving Forward: A PE teacher’s perspective on how BHC is making a difference

The kids can hardly contain their excitement. It’s PE (physical education) time. They’re waiting for the “big” signal. “Baba” Eric Hoffman the PE teacher calls out the words Army, Air Force, or Navy. The kids have to run to each line correctly. Go to the wrong line and they’re out. It’s a warm-up game designed […]

SNAP-Ed programs help change school culture from the inside out

SNAP-Ed programs help change school culture from the inside out

Can you change a school’s culture from the inside? More than 50 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) partners believe it is possible and are committed to providing comprehensive school-wide programs designed to teach kids healthy habits and address childhood obesity. There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy. The goal is to tailor resources with the individual needs […]

Fit Fusion teaches students that regular physical activity can be fun

Fit Fusion teaches students that regular physical activity can be fun

The classrooms at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology have emptied. Nine girls, different shades and sizes, march in single file down the hall, led by Zeina Carla Washington, AKA “Mama Zeina,” who power walks. Washington, who is the family service worker at the school, throws a comment over her shoulder if another teacher asks […]

Governor’s Fitness Awards honor local veterans

Governor’s Fitness Awards honor local veterans

Like most, Travis Mills had plans. Plans for his wife and daughter. Plans for the future. Plans for a successful military career. Then those plans were waylaid when he had a “normal day at work that turned ugly.” He stepped on a bomb. And then, he couldn’t feel his arms or legs. His third tour […]

You can help build a ‘Better Block’

You can help build a ‘Better Block’

When people talk about Detroit’s resurgence, Midtown and downtown often take center stage, but the neighborhoods are just as changeable. That “change agent” needn’t come from major construction projects, new businesses, or celebrity attention – it’s a change that can come from within. That’s why Build a Better Block Foundation supports efforts to empower communities […]