A Healthier Michigan will be a Stronger Michigan

  • 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:

    1. maintain a healthy diet;
    2. engage in regular exercise;
    3. get an annual physical examination; and
    4. avoid all tobacco use.


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

    1. body mass index (BMI);
    2. blood pressure;
    3. cholesterol level; and
    4. blood sugar (glucose) level.