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

  • Addressing the social determinants of health, increasing health equity and reducing health disparities among high risk populations


June 2016

June is the perfect month to encourage Michigan residents to increase consumption of healthy foods with all the fresh Michigan-grown produce available during the summer. Below is an example of a success story highlighting the increased availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in local corner stores. 

The YMCA Healthy Corner Stores Initiative aims to connect small scale growers and distributors with urban corner stores to increase the fresh fruits and vegetables available to families in Grand Rapids. This initiative is especially important for communities that often have limited fresh options by making local produce more readily available.

Many corner stores and ethnic groceries in Grand Rapids struggle to find distributors willing to deliver small quantities of fresh produce. The Y is filling this need as part of its commitment to reforming our local food system by:

  • working collaboratively with government and private funders;

  • partnering with small scale growers;

  • educating corner store owners about the benefits of selling more fruits and veggies;

  • educating the community about the benefits of eating nutrient rich food. 


Below is a list of stores and grocers in Grand Rapids that can help those residents living in these areas make eating healthy the easy choice.

            Creston Heights Market

            1403 Plainfield Ave NE

            Grand Rapids, MI 49505


            Guatemala Imports

            188 Wealthy St   SW

            Grand Rapids, MI 49503


            Korpo’s Imports African Market

            4439 Eastern Ave SE

            Kentwood, MI 49508


            Latin American Supermarket

            758 Alger St SW

            Wyoming MI 45909


            Oxford Food Center

            817 Oxford St SW

            Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Media Coverage:


To increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables among all Michigan residents, please visit for a list of available farmer’s markets across the state.



 Fact Sheets:

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 February 2015 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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