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

World Hypertension Day (May 17th, 2019)

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, occurs when the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart to all parts of your body.

Who has high blood pressure?

Under the new American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, 46% of Americans have high blood pressure, and nearly half of people with high blood pressure (46%) do not have it under control. Unfortunately, many people have high blood pressure without being aware they have the condition

Risk factors for high blood pressure

  • Age: the risk of high blood pressure increases with age.

  • Race: African Americans are disproportionately affected by high blood pressure and often develop it earlier than Whites

  • Smoking tobacco and exposure to secondhand smoke

  • Unhealthy diet, such as consumption of foods high in sodium and low in potassium

  • Not getting enough physical activity

  • Obesity

  • Excess alcohol (>1 drink for females and >2 drinks for males per day)

  • Stress

  • Certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease

It is important to know your blood pressure:

American Heart Association's recommended Blood Pressure Categories.

If you have uncontrolled or high blood pressure, it is important to see a provider.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to:

  • Chest pain

  • Heart failure

  • Heart attack

For additional information on high blood pressure, or



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!



2019-2020 Michigan Municipal Guide


*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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