MDHHS is committed to creating a healthier Michigan. Reducing obesity is a key priority.
Michigan has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation: 31 percent of Michigan adults and 17 percent of Michigan 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 Michigan 4 x 4 Tool.
The 4 x 4 Tool incorporates four key healthy behaviors with four key health measures. If each of us follows the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan, we will improve our quality of life and reduce health costs.
Practice four key healthy behaviors:
- maintain a healthy diet;
- engage in regular exercise;
- get an annual physical examination; and
- avoid all tobacco use.
Be 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.
How is Michigan Doing?
- County Health Rankings
- National Health Rankings
- Health & Wellness Dashboard
- Obesity Priority Strategies 2014-2018
- 4 x 4 Plan 2013 Report
- Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan Progress Report: 2012 – 2015
- Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan Progress Report 2015 – 2017