Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports with stakeholders from across Michigan have come together to create and provide quality, accessible, and sustainable programs and services that enhance physical and mental health and well-being throughout the state of Michigan.
Observed during the month of May, “Michigan Moves Month” is designed to celebrate, promote, and encourage every Michigander to move more. Being physically active and developing physical literacy skills supports the healthy development of the whole person and is foundational to leading a healthy and fulfilling life. Being physically active helps to increase energy, elevate mood, dissipate stress, and prolong life.
“The month-long event is meant to inspire individuals to engage in health-enhancing physical activities using a broad range of movement skills,” shares Michigan Fitness Foundation President and CEO Amy Ghannam. “Moving more provides benefits to our overall health at any stage of the life course.”
A unified effort to share advocacy among physical activity stakeholder groups, “Michigan Moves Month” also seeks to influence and engage with Michiganders in a variety of societal settings. Together, stakeholders strive to work collaboratively to create and provide quality, accessible, sustainable programs and services that can enhance physical and mental health and well-being throughout the state of Michigan.
On April 29, 2022, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following proclamation to support “Michigan Moves Month” and to increase awareness about the benefits of physical activity during the month of May.
May 2022: Michigan Moves Month Proclamation
WHEREAS, physical activity plays a critically important role in overall health; and,
WHEREAS, while many are aware of the physical health benefits of activity, the mental health benefits may be ever more striking and more important as our nation deals with the mental health consequences of the pandemic; and,
WHEREAS, recent research suggests being active for as little as 15 minutes everyday can reduce depression by 26%. Additional research shows a 20% reduction in developing anxiety by maintaining higher levels of physical activity; and,
WHEREAS, physical activity is a cost-effective, fun, safe and evidence-based public health intervention to address chronic lifestyle disease (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, etc.) as well as mental illness and substance abuse disorders; and,
WHEREAS, despite this well-documented evidence, approximately 50% of Michiganders don’t meet the CDC’s recommendations for overall physical activity; and,
WHEREAS, in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of Michigan residents, several key physical activity stakeholder groups in the State are coming together to promote fun, meaningful, and health-enhancing physical activity during the month of May, in the first annual Michigan Moves Month;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2022, as Michigan Moves Month to celebrate the physical and mental health benefits of physical activity.
External link to proclamation: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/news/proclamations/2022/04/29/may-2022-michigan-moves-month