Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program


The goal of Michigan's Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (NPAO) Program is to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity. This goal will be achieved through strategic public health efforts aimed at increasing the number of policies and standards in place to support physical activity and healthful eating, increasing access to and use of environments to support healthful eating and physical activity, and increasing the number of social and behavioral approaches that complement policy and environmental strategies to promote healthful eating and physical activity.

The long-term success of the program will rest on its ability to leverage resources and coordinate interventions with multiple partners to address the program's six principle targets:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity
  • Reduce the consumption of high-energy-dense foods
  • Decrease television viewing

The program also emphasizes reducing health disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, gender, age, disability, and other factors.  

Michigan's NPAO Program encourages implementation of local and statewide interventions based on the Social-Ecological Model, a framework that takes a more holistic approach to the obesity problem, looking at all levels of influence (societal, community, organizational, interpersonal, and individual) that can be addressed to support long-term, healthful eating and physical activity choices. This "systems approach" to overweight and obesity helps communities to develop interventions that include a wide range of individual and institutional stakeholders.

Success Stories



Healthy Weight Partnership
The Michigan Healthy Weight Partnership was established for the purpose of overseeing the implementation and evaluation of Michigan's obesity state plan. Members include over 50 state, local, public and private organizations who assisted with the creation of the state plan and/or whose organizations are actively engaged in completing activities consistent with the state plan's objectives.

Orientation to the Healthy Weight Partnership

Healthy Weight Partnership Meetings
July 19, 2011 Teleconference Summary & MPHI Evaluation Plan

May 22, 2012 Meeting Summary





Program Updates 

Planning Documents and Resources

CDC Technical Assistance Manual

Evaluation Plan: 2010-2020

summary         state plan          Plan Cover

Surveillance Documents 

2013 UPDATE    Surveillance Update 2014

Overweight and Obesity Burden Report 

Overweight and Obesity in Michigan Surveillance Update: 2011 

Contact Information:

Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section
109 W. Michigan Avenue, P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan  48909        
Phone: 517-335-9595 
Fax: 517-335-9056
Gwen Imes, Manager 
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program