The state has launched an new effort to encourage business to promote healthier work environments.
The Michigan Department of Community Health calls it the Healthy Work Environments Platform, a new tool to help workers get healthy and stay healthy.
Governor Snyder has called special attention to health and wellness in Michigan, charging MDCH with reducing the state’s obesity rate.
The new platform offers free, online tools for businesses to create a wellness program to meet the specific needs of their employees.
The effort follows a report saying Michigan is ranked 37th in the nation for its health status.
Contributing to Michigan’s low health status is the prevalence of chronic diseases, which account for seven out of 10 deaths.
Major risk factors responsible for much of the illness and early death related to chronic conditions are lifestyle choices, such as physical inactivity, tobacco use, and poor nutrition.