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Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Epidemiology

The aim of the Michigan Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (NPAO) Program is to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity.

The physical activity and nutrition epidemiologist supports the NPAO Program by monitoring trends in weight status, nutrition quality and access, and physical activity levels among youth and adults in Michigan. In addition, breastfeeding practices of new mothers are followed over time.

Surveillance is also conducted to track disparities in health and behavior by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, and other factors.

Visit the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity Data & Statistics page to see the latest surveillance data for Michigan residents.



Other sites related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity epidemiology:

NPAO Epidemiology Staff

For more information, or to get accessibility assistance reading any of these documents, please contact Diabetes and Obesity Epidemiologist Michelle Byrd, PhD, MPH (email:


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