Preventing Chronic Disease and Promoting Health in Michigan:
What You Can Do to Improve Your Health

4 million-plus people in our state have a lower quality of life because of chronic diseases.

Together, healthy lifestyles, healthy environments, and access to quality, affordable health care can help prevent the occurrence — and progression — of chronic diseases and injuries.

As individuals, we can start with ourselves by choosing to live in a healthier way. That means:

  • being physically active;
  • eating a good diet;
  • not smoking or using other types of tobacco;
  • using safety equipment, both at work and at home;
  • having healthy relationships; and
  • getting regular medical checkups.

As community members, we can join with others to help make sure all our neighbors live, work, learn, and play in safe, supportive environments and have access to quality, affordable health care services, including education, screening, and disease-management programs.

Resources to Improve Your Own Health
There are lots of great resources to help you become healthier and stronger as an individual and to help you work as part of a team to help improve the health of everyone who lives in your community.

The Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan is a good place to start. It focuses on four healthy behaviors and four health measures that, together, can improve quality of life and reduce the amount of money spent on health care. The plan's ideas can be used by state, tribal and local governments; businesses, industry and other private-sector partners; schools and community organizations; and individuals and families.

The tools at the MI Healthier Tomorrow, Healthy Weight, and websites will help you learn more about your personal health and how you can begin improving it.

If you or someone you know is already living with a chronic disease, the Michigan PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) program can help you improve your symptoms, communicate better with your doctors, and better manage your overall health.

If you would like to learn more about preventing injuries and violence, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Injury and Violence Prevention Section website. The site acts includes links to injury and violence data, as well as information about the Michigan public health programs that help protect the state's residents.

The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's Injury Prevention and Control website also has information to help you keep yourself and your family safe. The resources available through the National Healthy Worksite Program website can help you learn how to stay safe at work.

Resources to Improve the Health of Your Community
If you are part of a group working to make your community a healthier place, the following websites offer a wealth of information and "how to do it" tools.

Making Michigan healthier starts with you, one step at a time.