Tiny Memphis Becomes First City to Support Gov. Snyder’s ‘Healthier Michigan’ Plan

Some of you reading this, like me, have likely never heard of Memphis, Mich., a small city about 15 miles west of Port Huron on the Belle River. But we here at A Healthier Michigan would like to congratulate the city and wish it luck after it became the first known municipality to throw its support behind Gov. Rick Snyder’s vision for improving health and wellness across the state.

Snyder unveiled his proposal for a healthier Michigan last week, saying better personal health was key to the state’s economic transformation and quality of life. A recent report found that Michigan was the 10th most obese state, with nearly two-thirds of all residents considered overweight or obese.

Among other things, Snyder proposes to:

  • Encourage residents to monitor and commit to improve their body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood-sugar levels as four key indicators of health
  • Urge residents to eat better, exercise regularly, get annual physical exams and avoid tobacco use
  • Begin including children’s BMI information in their immunization records
  • Pursue more Federally Qualified Health Centers, which provide care to residents regardless of their ability to pay, for Michigan

In a release, Memphis officials say two local businesses are already on board with the effort — Mom’s Country Kitchen, a Main Street eatery that is developing healthy specials for customers, and Balance74, a nutrition consulting company.

So to the residents of Memphis, we say touché and good luck.

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