About SHIP

The Statewide Health Improvement Program

SHIP helps make healthy choices easier.



We all want to be healthy, but sometimes we need a helping hand. Thanks to SHIP:

  • Safer walking and biking routes to school are helping more kids get the physical activity they need to stay healthy.
  • More farmers markets mean more families have access to fruits and vegetables—the keys to good health.
  • More workplace wellness programs are helping employees be healthy, decreasing healthcare costs for employers.

And that’s just a start. All over the state, efforts like these are making healthy living easier.

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Improving health

    SHIP is about creating good health for parents, kids and the whole community by decreasing obesity and reducing the number of people who use tobacco and are exposed to tobacco smoke.

  • Two out of every three Minnesotans are overweight or obese—caused by insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eating—increasing risk for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic illnesses.
  • Meanwhile, over one in six Minnesotans still smoke, leading to cancer, heart disease and more.
  • Obesity and tobacco use and exposure are the two leading causes of death.

For all our sakes, we can and must do better.

Prevention pays off

Preventing illness saves money. A lot of money.

  • Obesity and tobacco cost Minnesota nearly $6 billion a year.
  • In Minnesota, medical expenses due to obesity were approximately $2.8 billion (2006).
  • Tobacco use and exposure cost us $2.9 billion (2007).

  • Strategies: how SHIP succeeds
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    Updated Tuesday, 18-Mar-2014 14:08:59 CDT