Governor Rick Snyder 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.

Each of us can improve our personal health by:

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
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