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



The #1 causes of early death and disability among those with type 2 diabetes are heart disease and stroke.  In fact, adults with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke or die of heart disease than adults without diabetes.  The good news is that many of the same healthy behaviors you engage in to prevent and control cardiovascular disease will also help with diabetes, such as checking and talking with your health care provider about your sodium intake – see DASH diet brochure below

Be sure to check your blood pressure often if you have diabetes, and especially at every doctor’s visit, as controlling high blood pressure can help lower your risk for diabetes complications such as diabetic kidney disease and vision loss before they begin. 

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Do you have hypertension? Are you taking your blood pressure?

Nearly 1 out of 3 people have high blood pressure, are you one of them?

Did you know that self-managed blood pressure and talking with your pharmacist can improve hypertension control!

For additional information on hypertension control:

News Story                                                                                   What Works Fact Sheet


                        SMBP monitoring One Pager                                                       Content syndication


The Role of Clinical Decision Support Systems in Preventing Cardiovascular Disease





 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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