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Michigan Renews Focus on Obesity Prevention, Reduction

Monday, April 28, 2014  
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The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) released on April 24, 2014, its "Be Active, Eat Healthy 2014-2018 Priority Strategies," which focus on five major areas:
  • Promoting education environments as a focal point to reduce childhood obesity
  • Expanding the role of the health care system for obesity prevention and treatment
  • Expanding opportunities for people to be physically active where they live, work, learn and play
  • Creating environments that assure healthy eating options are the easy choice
  • Supporting local communities to make policy, system and environmental changes to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity that fit with their community’s unique needs
These priority strategies are companion pieces to the Michigan Health and Wellness 4x4 Initiative aimed at preventing and controlling obesity, reducing chronic disease, and building a stronger, healthier Michigan. Obesity continues to be more of the most pressing health issues in Michigan, with two-thirds of the state's adults and one-third of the state's children being overweight or obese. Read more

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