Revamped Michigan’s Wellness Resource Site Launched

This guest post is by Paige Hathaway, member relations representative at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association, in partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan, recently launched an updated Michigan’s Wellness Resource website to provide Michigan residents, small businesses and hospitals with the tools they need to create healthy lifestyles for themselves, their families, employees and patients. The website aligns with Gov. Rick Snyder’s “dashboard” priorities to reduce infant mortality and obesity in Michigan.

The site will help small businesses build wellness programs using resources available at their local hospitals. The initiative strives to inform Michigan’s small businesses and the public that community hospitals are a valuable resource in building and sustaining employee and community health. Features of the site include a wellness resource guide of Michigan hospitals, general outlines for launching workplace wellness initiatives, information on community health improvement initiatives undertaken by Michigan hospitals and more.

The most recent community health improvement initiative, Healthy Food Hospitals, launched in hospitals statewide in May to help combat the state’s obesity crisis by improving the nutrition of the food hospitals serve to patients, staff and visitors. To date, more than 70 hospitals have voluntarily signed up for the program.

Michigan’s Wellness Resource also serves as an educational and resource guide for individuals and families striving to build healthier lifestyles. The public can find tools such as menu planners, food and activity diaries, helpful hints for involving children in healthy meal planning and cooking, and links to disease management resources.

Michigan’s Wellness Resource can be accessed at www.miwellnessresource.org.

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