A Healthier Michigan will be a Stronger Michigan

  • MDHHS is committed to creating a healthier Michigan, and reducing obesity is a key priority.


    Michigan has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation; 31 percent of adults and 17 percent of youth are obese. Obesity is about more than "just being overweight." Obesity directly impacts a person's overall health and is the root cause of many chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It also takes a toll financially.

    The good news is we can do something about it, each one of us.

    The Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan lays out strategies for reducing obesity and improving health and wellness. Central to the plan is the 4 x 4 tool.

    The Michigan 4 x 4 Tool incorporates four key healthy behaviors with four key health measures. If each of us practice the Michigan 4 x 4 Plan, we will improve our quality of life and reduce health costs.



    Practicing four key healthy behaviors: 

    • maintain a healthy diet
    • engage in regular exercise
    • get an annual physical examination
    • avoid all tobacco use

    Being aware of four key health measures that are closely tied to several chronic diseases:

    • body mass index (BMI)
    • blood pressure
    • cholesterol level
    • and blood sugar (glucose) level