State slim-down campaign a good one

A statewide campaign launched this week by the Michigan Department of Community Health aimed at helping residents lose weight and improve their health seems to be one of those rare governmental efforts that doesn’t have an apparent down side.

It’s called MI Healthier Tomorrow, and it invites and challenges people who participate in it to lose 10 percent of their body weight with a view toward bringing down the state’s obesity rate, The Associated Press reported.

Losing 10 percent of one’s body weight helps lower the risk for a health concerns including high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes, according to the department. Health officials also said lowering the state’s obesity rate could reduce Michigan’s health care costs by approximately $357 million, AP reported,

Community health Director James Haveman said the primary message is that “you as a Michigander can do much to lower your risk for a variety of chronic diseases by making some decisions regarding your weight. People can’t wait. They need to start making decisions today.”

He noted that the program comes out of an overal plan approved by the department last summer

Anyone who wants to get involved can obtain a “Getting Started Kit” from the department, on top of occasional emails and text messages with healthy recipes and motivational tips.

Everyone knows obesity is among the next key health challenges facing residents of this state and beyond. We’d recommend residents investigate this to determine of it’s right for them.