Michigan's efforts to fight obesity has been making progress but the state is not resting on it's laurels.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has advanced its effort to fight the problem in Michigan, with a new release of its new report titled "Be Active, Eat Healthy 2014 - 2018 Priority Strategies".
It's a companion to the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Initiative to prevent and control obesity, reduce chronic disease and build a stronger, healthier Michigan. State health officials say Michigan has made significant progress over the last few years with childhood and adult obesity rates leveling off.
Michigan has moved from fifth to the tenth most obese state in the nation, meaning that our numbers and the health of the population are headed in the right direction. However more efforts are needed to help change our communities into places that strongly support healthy eating and active living for all Michiganders.
Governor Rick Snyder called upon the Michigan Department of Community Health to address the issue of obesity for the state of Michigan.
Obesity is one of the most pressing health issues in Michigan with two thirds of Michigan adults either being overweight or obese, and one third of our children.
Not only does it have serious health implications, but the economic costs associated with obesity are staggering, according to state community health director James Haveman.