Michigan developed a fiveyear plan to address the epidemic of obesity. The title is Preventing Obesity and Reducing Chronic Disease: The Michigan Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plan. Strategic planning to address Michigans obesity epidemic occurred in four distinct phases over a period of four years, involving 134 individuals, representing 94 organizations.
This plan to address overweight and obesity in Michigan focuses primarily on moving Michigans population toward healthier eating and physical activity patterns. If widespread improvements are achieved in these two lifestyle factors, other deeply significant outcomes can reasonably be expected. Long-term goals for this plan include:
- Increase the number of Michigan residents who have the knowledge, motivation and opportunity to make lifestyle choices that promote healthy eating.
- Increase the number of Michigan residents who have the knowledge, motivation and opportunity to obtain adequate physical activity levels to maintain good health.
- Reduce unsafe weight loss practices, particularly among school-aged children.
- Improve the capacity of the healthcare system to prevent, detect and manage overweight and obesity
If the plan is successful, the following global outcomes will occur:
- Obesity rates among Michigan adults and children will stop increasing.
- Ethnic disparities in obesity and related chronic diseases will be reduced.
- The economic burden of obesity and related chronic diseases will be eased.
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