Nearly 60 Michigan schools, including three in the Lansing area, will join a program that helps them work with students to fight childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits.

The program is Building Healthy Communities, which since 2009 has worked to help more than 83,000 students in 187 schools learn to make healthier choices and be more physically active.

Now 58 more schools will join the initiative, which is sponsored by a handful of public and private agencies.  Another 32 schools will receive grants to provide breakfast in the class room.

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the new recipients during a news conference.  Lansing area schools include Cole Academy, Fairview Elementary, Gier Park Elementary and Winans Elementary in Lansing, and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing.