For the third year
in a row, Vista Charter Academy Physical Education Teacher Stefanie Gillett
traveled to the state capital to ac
cept the Bronze Award from the Michigan
Health and Wellness 4X4 Program on behalf of her school.
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
The grant has
provided outstanding opportunities and lessons for students, teachers, and
“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.”
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.”
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