What is Shape Up North?


Shape Up North is a community collaboration dedicated to helping northern Michigan residents benefit from healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. With encouragement and education, people of all ages, fitness levels, and sizes can achieve a level of health that allows them to take full advantage of the “up north” lifestyle. Shape Up North is a resource for anyone who is interested in health, wellness and fitness. 

Living a healthier lifestyle can and should be an enjoyable adventure. Small changes in habits at school, work, and home can have long-lasting, positive effects on your health. With an abundance of great local foods and a four-season playground right outside your door, you can lead a healthy and fit life.    


We envision a region where all citizens will achieve and maintain a healthy weight.


To achieve our vision a multifaceted approach must be used which includes schools, businesses, health care providers, and the community at large. This collaboration will work to influence sustainable change in:

  • Behavior
  • Policy
  • Social norms
  • Systems


Using the Institute of Medicine’s info graphic, Obesity: Complex but Conquerable as a guide, the Obesity Initiative has four areas of focus which include: schools, businesses, healthcare providers, and community awareness.

Task Force Work Groups

The Task Force is made up of community members and orginazations who have a specific interest in collaborating on ways to reduce obesity in our region. The task force meets bi monthly to work collectively to achieve the overall goal. Task Force members are identified by their organization’s interests and strengths related to particular goals and activities.