MDHHS is committed to creating a healthier Michigan. Reducing obesity is a key priority.
Michigan has one of the highest rate of adults with obesity in the nation: 36 percent of Michigan adults (BRFSS, 2019) and 15.3 percent of Michigan youth (YRBS, 2019) with obesity.
Obesity directly impacts a person's overall health and is the root cause of many chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It also takes a toll financially.
The good news is we can do something about it, each one of us.
At the state level, the Michigan Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (NPAO) Program works to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity, and emphasizes reducing health disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, gender, age, disability, and other factors that impact an individual's ability to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The long-term success of the program will rest on its ability to leverage resources and coordinate interventions with multiple partners to address its 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.
At the individual level, practicing four key healthy behaviors and tracking four key health measures can assist in improving our quality of life and reduce health costs.
Practice four key healthy behaviors:
- Maintain a healthy diet.
- Engage in regular exercise.
- Get an annual physical examination.
- Avoid all tobacco use.
Be aware of four key health measures that are closely tied to several chronic diseases:
- body mass index (BMI);
- blood pressure;
- cholesterol level; and
- blood sugar (glucose) level.
To receive individual support in making the healthy choice, you can visit MI Healthier Tomorrow to make a pledge for health and receive ongoing, monthly email support to help you on your journey to live a healthier lifestyle, and then visit us on Facebook for even more tips.
Remember: Even the littlest changes to your routine can make a big impact on your lifestyle.