We all know that regular exercise is important. It can improve our health and reduce our risk of developing (or worsening) a number of problems, including nearly every major disease. For instance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that people who are physically active for approximately seven hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week. At minimum, they say that 150 minutes of weekly moderate-intensity activity, such as walking briskly, is enough to substantially lower a person’s risk of premature death.
But even with these well-documented benefits, many of us remain inactive. In fact, 26 percent of people report no leisure-time physical activity. This directly correlates with other local findings that include Macomb County having higher rates of obese adults and a higher incidence and mortality for heart disease, cancer and stroke.
These facts and figures inspired the Macomb County Health Department to launch its newest program – the Move More Macomb campaign. Move More Macomb was created to help community members find physical activity opportunities for all fitness levels, ages and costs and its mission is to encourage everyone who lives, works and plays in Macomb County to move more. Ultimately, this will help reduce chronic disease and will have an impact on our community’s health and the cost of health care.
On the newly launched Move More Macomb website you can learn about exercise, fitness opportunities and staying healthy. For instance, did you know how much physical activity you need each week?
You can find this graphic and other helpful information by simply clicking through and exploring the website. You’ll also find quick links to fitness opportunities and suggestions for ways to get active. All told, it’s an easy-to-use resource and we recommend that you check it out.
In the coming months, you’ll see the Move More Macomb team out and about in Macomb County spreading the word about the campaign. Just this past weekend, they were at the Get Out and Play Day at Lake St. Clair Metropark.
So if you see this team, feel free to stop and visit, ask questions and get more information on healthy lifestyles. Let’s get moving Macomb County!
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.