Michigan Call to Action to Reduce and Prevent Obesity Summit
Stakeholders from across Michigan joined the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to identify strategies to improve the health of Michigan residents by reducing and preventing obesity. The Michigan Call to Action to Reduce and Prevent Obesity summit took place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
With two-thirds of Michigan adults and 12.4 percent of youth at an unhealthy weight, the purpose of the summit was to develop priority recommendations to reduce and prevent obesity.
These recommendations will guide MDCH as it crafts a work plan to reduce obesity and improve the quality of life in Michigan.
Governor Rick Snyder presented opening remarks, followed by a presentation on obesity trends in Michigan. MDCH Director Olga Dazzo issued a charge to the workgroups before the breakout sessions began, encouraged summit participants to join her and Governor Snyder in the effort to make Michigan a healthier, stronger state.
More than 500 participants from across the state gathered and presented their strategic priorities to MDCH for reducing and preventing obesity. Public Sector Consultants, Inc. is compiling a report on the recommendations.
Some common themes did emerge from the diverse group of participants, including the need for local and community coalitions, a statewide and consistent marketing campaign, data collection, and education for all segments of society about the roles that individuals can play - to reduce and prevent obesity.
MDCH, along with Michigan Public Health Institute and Public Sector Consultants, Inc., would like to thank summit sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, United Healthcare, Great Lakes Health Plan and WIC.
Gov. Rick Snyder