SHIP Results

The Statewide Health Improvement Program

Since it began in 2009, SHIP has created greater opportunities for better health throughout Minnesota.

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Schools and campuses

  • During SHIP 3 (Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014):
    • 239 schools are providing “Safe Routes to School” strategies, meaning 111,834 students have safer options to walk or bike to school.
    • 143 schools are working on Farm to School strategies, giving access to locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables to 62,611 students.
    • 29 campuses became or are working on becoming smoke-free.


  • During SHIP 3 (Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014):
    • 140 cities worked on active transportation strategies, taking steps to make physical activity easier.
    • SHIP communities supported 65 new or existing farmers markets.
    • 586 child-care sites increased physical activity and improved nutrition for 6,754 children.
    • 173 rental properties have implemented a smoke-free housing policy, protecting 14,600 residents from secondhand smoke.
    • 19 cities have or are working on tobacco-free parks policies.


  • During SHIP 3 (Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014):
    • 377 employers are leading worksite wellness initiatives, reaching 47,214 employees.

Healthcare providers

  • During SHIP 3 (Nov. 2013-Dec. 2014):
    • 126 clinics are providing patients with additional support and assessment on increasing physical activity and avoiding tobacco products.
    • 65 clinics are working with Local Public Health on state and federal health reform initiatives.

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Updated Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:48PM