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Vista Charter Academy Recognized for Focus on Health


For the third year in a row, Vista Charter Academy Physical Education Teacher Stefanie Gillett traveled to the state capital to acvista.jpg​cept the Bronze Award from the Michigan Health and Wellness 4X4 Program on behalf of her school.

The statewide program was established in 2012 by Governor Rick Snyder and aims to “engage schools statewide in creating healthy school environments.”

Vista first took part in the program three years ago, thanks to their Building Heathier Communities grant from the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The grant has provided outstanding opportunities and lessons for students, teachers, and school families.

“The grant has provided wonderful resources for our school,” said Gillett. “There are so many new and interesting ideas to promote healthy living and the program has given us the resources both in and out of our building to reach our families and promote healthy living.”

Gillett, a seasoned physical education teacher, knows how vital it is for her students to learn about healthy living early on in life.

“I believe it is important to introduce students to a healthy lifestyle at a young age because we want these healthy habits to be lifelong habits,” Gillett said. “Students need to understand the importance of making healthy food choices, balancing activity and eating habits, and making lifestyle choices.”
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Vista Charter Academy was one of 55 schools recognized by the State of Michigan for their outstanding participation in the program. Gillett hopes even more schools get involved in the coming years. 

“If other schools are interested in the grant, I encourage them to reach out,” Gillett said. “This program has provided us with health lessons to teach, provide resources for health challenges, and funding for new programs and rewards in our building.”

Congratulations, Vista! 

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