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



May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to encourage awareness of stroke symptoms and recovery.  A stroke is a brain attack that can cut an important amount of blood and oxygen to the brain. 


  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in Michigan.

  • 4,569 Michiganders died as a result of stroke in 2014.

Stroke is an emergency!  When responding to a stroke, every second counts.   If you or someone you know shows any symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

A great way to remember the warning signs of stroke is to think “FAST”:

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Blurred or double vision, drowsiness, and nausea or vomiting.


Below are some ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of stroke.


  • Blood pressure control – More than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by high blood pressure.  For more information, visit the MDCH High Blood Pressure University.
  • Cholesterol management – Get your cholesterol checked regularly and manage it with diet and physical activity or with medication, if needed.
  • If you use tobacco, quit - for help, call the Michigan Tobacco QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy, low-sodium diet. 
  • Prevent or control diabetes.  For more information visit the MDCH Diabetes website.
  • Limit your alcohol intake. For more information, visit CDC's Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
  • Talk to your health care provider. 

Go to the Michigan Health and Wellness website for more healthy lifestyle tips. 

If you or a loved one is a stroke survivor, you are not alone! Check out the resources below to learn more and connect with other stroke survivors at


National Stroke Awareness Month 2016


StreetSmart Video

This May, get involved in stroke awareness for National Stroke Awareness MonthNot only is stroke the fifth leading cause of death, but also a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. According to research, less than one third of people can recognize more than one stroke symptom. So, we took our cameras to the streets of Denver, to find out just how much the public does know about stroke. 

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Raise stroke awareness among your family and friends with our colorful eCards. Similar to postcards, our digital cards will save you time and money. Choose from several different options and help save a life. Remember, stroke can happen to anyone, at any time and at any place.   

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 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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