house resolution no.97

Reps. Rogers, Morgan, Andrews, Filler, Bierlein, Schuette, Bollin, Lightner, Mueller, Roth, Slagh, Brabec, Scott, Farhat, Witwer, Rheingans, Bezotte, Glanville, Fitzgerald, MacDonell, Conlin, Hood, Tyrone Carter, Arbit, Stone, Hoskins, McKinney, VanderWall and Weiss offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare May 2023 as Michigan Moves Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Having the ability to confidently engage in a myriad of enjoyable physical activities is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of all Michiganders; and

Whereas, The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports was established in 1992 to encourage increased physical activity and improve the health of Michigan residents; and

Whereas, Increasing access to interventions and opportunities for decreasing sedentary time and increasing physical activity, especially in the form of moderately vigorous physical activity, is a public health priority; and

Whereas, According to the 2023 County Health Rankings data furnished by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 35% of residents in Michigan are obese, while 85% have access to exercise opportunities; and

Whereas, The ongoing observation during the month of May, “Michigan Moves Month” is designed to celebrate, promote, and encourage every Michigander to simply move more. Evidence shows that being physically active helps improve overall physical and mental health; and,

Whereas, Several health focused organizations in Michigan including, the Michigan Fitness Club Association, Michigan Recreation and Park Association, American Heart Association, the American Physical Therapy Association Michigan Chapter (APTA MI), and SHAPE-MI are committed to promoting fun and health-enhancing physical activity during the month of May, as part of the now annual celebration of “Michigan Moves Month; and

Whereas, As a unified voice, these organizations seek to amplify the message that physical activity is an essential public health intervention for improving individual and societal health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare May 2023 as Michigan Moves Month in the state of Michigan. Let this month remind us how important physical activity is to every person's overall health and begin a commitment to physical activity all year to improve the health of all Michiganders.