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, communities across the state are creating good health for parents, kids and the whole community. Some examples:
- 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.
- More workplace wellness programs are helping employees improve their health, which decreases healthcare costs for employers.
Why SHIP matters
SHIP focuses on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing the number of people who use tobacco or are exposed to it.
- Three out of every five Minnesotans are overweight or obese—caused by insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eating—increasing risk for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic illnesses.
- More than one in seven Minnesotans still smoke, leading to various cancers and heart disease.
- Obesity and tobacco use and exposure are the two leading causes of death.
Prevention pays off
Preventing illness saves money, period.
- In Minnesota, medical expenses due to obesity were approximately $2.8 billion in 2009.
- Tobacco use and exposure cost us $2.5 billion in 2014.
Visit our fact sheets page to browse and download more information about what SHIP does and its strategies.
Still curious or have more questions? Check out our frequently asked questions