Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity

The goal of the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section is to prevent and reduce heart disease, stroke and obesity for all logo
Michigan residents.

Vision: A heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan.

Mission: Create a heart-healthy and stroke-free Michigan by increasing physical activity and healthy eating, reducing health disparities, and preventing and controlling other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Our vision and mission will be met through integrated efforts on education, policy and environmental change focused on the following:

  • Increasing awareness and control of high blood pressure among adults

  • Increasing the quality of stroke care among adults

  • Increasing the number of youth, adults and families who have access to healthy foods

  • Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among youth, adults and families

  • Increase the number of youth, adults and families participating in regular physical activity

March is National Nutrition Month

You’ve probably heard it countless times -- eat a healthy diet.  Have you ever wondered what that even means, or why it’s so important?  There’s a close connection between our diet and our health; in fact, some preventable chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes have been linked to a poor diet.  This means that following a healthful eating pattern can reduce your risk of ever developing some health problems, not to mention benefit your overall health.  That’s because the eating pattern you follow may be more important than any individual food or nutrient when it comes to your health and risk of disease1.  Following a healthful eating pattern doesn’t mean that there’s any specific diet plan you need to follow or special foods you need to eat, just that there’s some things you want to make sure to include in your diet, and some foods you should limit.   Here are the foundations of a healthy diet:

  • Ÿ  Fruits and vegetables
  • Ÿ  Grains, preferably whole grains
  • Ÿ  Fat-free or low-fat dairy products or fortified dairy alternatives
  • Ÿ  Lean proteins
  • Ÿ  Healthy fats, such as those found in vegetable oils, avocados, and nuts
  • Ÿ  Limited intake of added sugars, solid fats, and sodium

If your general eating pattern could use some improvement, make a commitment to yourself to work towards improving it.  Visiting the How to Eat Healthy webpage is a good place to start.  Also, talk with your health care provider or a Registered Dietitian. Your health will thank you for it. 


1Source:  US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Agriculture. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th ed. Washington, DC: US Dept of Health and Human Services; December 2015.




Michigan Heart Safe Communities Program

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. It can happen anywhere, at any time and to anyone. SCA usually causes death unless a number of interventions take place immediately, including calling 9-1-1, beginning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and administering early defibrillation.  An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm and if necessary, delivers an electrical shock to help re-establish an effective rhythm.  Use of an AED can more than double a victim’s chances of survival.  A recent study found that after public health initiatives, like HEARTSafe, individuals who received bystander CPR and early defibrillation, were more likely to survive.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association, SaveMiHeart, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and others have partnered to promote HEARTSafe Communities, an effort to increase survival from SCA by helping communities improve their system of care.

Apply Today!



*This project was made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke grant (CDC-RFA-DP14-1422). 


    State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke.

    The program is implemented in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Kent, and Lenawee.

    The data highlight some of the impact of the Program at a state and local level from 2013 – 2017.


*This project was made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke grant (CDC-RFA-DP14-1422). 



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Fact Sheets and other resources:

Overweight and Obesity Among Michigan Adults - 2015 

Obesity has been shown to be associated with various consequences, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, stroke, coronary heart disease, gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility).

Nearly two-thirds of Michigan adults were either overweight or obese in 2015. An estimated 35.1% of Michigan adults classified as overweight and 31.2% were classified as obese.

The document further provides obesity and overweight prevalence estimates among Michigan adults (18 years and older) by sociodemographic characteristics for 2015.Chronic disease prevalence estimates by weight status are also presented.

Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease 2015 Fact Sheet

This Fact Sheet is a great resource for professionals. It contains studies and associations between cardiovascular health and oral health, Michigan specific statistics on cardiovascular disease prevalence among adults by dental visit as well as prevention efforts.

Cardiovascular Disease in Michigan 2018 update

This Fact Sheet is a great resource for professionals and patients alike. Statistical facts about high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity and their risk factors are summarized.

HDSP Highlights, Accomplishments, Updates  
Health Statistics and Reports

 Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and
 Physical Activity Section
109 W. Michigan Ave., P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Fax: 517-335-9056
Teri Wilson, Section Manager

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