Parent Action for Healthy Kids Proves that Parents Can Be Champions for Healthy Change in School

To bring attention to the great work Michigan parents are doing everyday in “Making Healthy the Easy Choice in School”, a Zeeland parent was recognized for her efforts and inducted into the Michigan Team Nutrition Health Champion Hall of Fame.

Zeeland, MI – On May 21, students and faculty at Lincoln Elementary in Zeeland, Michigan assembled to celebrate the induction of Lincoln Elementary parent, Amy Scheerhorn, into the Michigan Team Nutrition Health Champion Hall of Fame.  The induction was part of the Michigan Department of Education’s Michigan Team Nutrition Contest, “Making Healthy the Easy Choice in School”, which Scheerhorn was the Grand Prize Winner.  Scheerhorn’s induction recognized her leadership role in shaping health standards for snacks at Lincoln Elementary School fundraisers and parties, as well as leading the school wide walking initiative, “Walk It.”  The contest was developed in partnership by Michigan Team Nutrition, Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and Parent Action for Healthy Kids, and was designed to bring attention to the great work Michigan parents are doing to create healthy schools through nutrition and physical activity.

The grand prize for the first inductee into the Michigan Team Nutrition Health Champion Hall of Fame was a special assembly at Lincoln Elementary with former Detroit Lions All-Pro, Herman Moore.  Moore spoke to students during their lunch period about healthy habits and motivated them to get active and lead healthy lifestyles. He also facilitated a hands-on activity to teach students how to make a nutritional power smoothie. The grand prize was made possible through the generosity of United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Fuel Up to Play 60.

The contest truly exemplifies the great work of parents, as well as a commitment in Michigan to cultivate a spirit of working together in the community to advocate and champion initiatives that help lead our children and students to healthy choices that can last a lifetime.


Barb Flis, Founder of Parent Action for Healthy Kids, is an advocate for parents, and a published parenting and children’s health expert. Her focus lies in connecting families, schools and communities for the purpose of promoting the well-being of children’s social, emotional and physical health. Barb cites her grass-roots PTA experience as the first step on a journey that has ultimately led to lending the parent voice for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Michigan Surgeon General’s Michigan Steps Up campaign, American Cancer Society Coordinated School Health Leadership Training Institute, Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm to coordinate the Talk Early & Talk Often℠ initiative, the Michigan’s Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) initiative and, in March 2010, assisting with the development of the parent toolkit for the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. In addition to keynotes, professional development workshops, webinars, and motivational speeches, Barb produces customized training sessions, and focus groups. Her “parent-to-parent” approach has garnered her much praise and national media attention.  For more information, visit

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