Memorial Healthcare and other Shiawassee County-based health and human service agencies have collaborated to provide you with this single resource for information about how to keep your family active and healthy at all stages of development. Kids today spend less time being active. They spend more time in front of the TV or computer. Hectic schedules and safety concerns have become barriers to activity. Busy families often have less time to prepare home-cooked meals, and parents rely more on fast food and prepackaged meals.

There is much you can do to achieve a healthy body mass index. Activity is essential not only for burning calories but also for enhancing balance and flexibility. Taking short walks, participating in Yoga or Tai Chi, or even developing a strength training program can provide many health benefits. Be sure to visit the resource links below to learn more about obesity and what your community has to offer in the way of activities and agency support.

Being overweight can have serious health consequences for children and adults. In fact, the percentage of overweight children in the United States has doubled since 1980. During the past 20 years there has been a significant increase in obesity in the United States with all states, including Michigan, experiencing a dramatic increase in the prevalence of adult obesity from 1985 to 2009 (Centers for Disease Control). 

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, between the years 2005 to 2007, 25.9% of adults in Shiawassee County were overweight. By 2008, 30.1% of Shiawassee County adults had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which places an individual at significantly higher risk of developing diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and other heart-related diseases. 

In 2007, 28.9% of Michigan's youth, grades 9 through 12, were either overweight or obese (16.5% were overweight and 12.4% were considered to be obese).

In 2010, Michigan joined 11 other states as having the heaviest population with over 30% of adults having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over.

The information found in the Weight Management Resource pages is intended to assist parents and individuals in their efforts to learn more about the obesity problem that currently exists in the United States and is in no way intended to replace or substitute the care provided by an individual's healthcare provider.