Communities work on health improvement efforts that align with local priorities
SHIP communities choose strategies that are based on the latest science and focused on making long-term, sustainable changes.
SHIP is locally driven. Communities work on health improvement efforts that align with local priorities to address chronic disease, recognizing that what works in metropolitan areas may not work in rural communities and vice versa.
Farm to School
By improving the offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables, Farm to School programs will help make the healthy choice the easy choice for students and school staff. Kids eat more fresh, local foods and learn about where their food comes from, all while supporting local farmers. By connecting farms and schools, children, schools and farmers all benefit.
- Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School helps more kids walk and bicycle to school more often through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional activities. Walking and bicycling to school help families stay active and healthy, and kids arrive at school focused and ready to learn.
- Active Schools Minnesota
Across Minnesota, schools are working to increase physical activity within the instructional setting, building a foundation for lifelong physical activity. Active classroom breaks, physical education and recess all mean kids not only are healthier, but also learn better.
- Healthier eating
Too many Minnesotans cannot find fresh fruits and vegetables near their homes, or what they can find is limited and expensive. Therefore, SHIP works with communities to increase access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through farmers markets, healthy corner store initiatives and other community-based healthy eating strategies.
- Increased non-motorized transportation
Cities and counties across Minnesota are working on creating master walk and bike plans, updating municipal plans to include "complete streets" with sidewalks and crosswalks, increasing access to connected walking and bicycling networks, connecting and promoting trail systems, and collaborating on projects that improve walkability and bikeability in communities.
- Healthier eating in child care
SHIP helps early childhood programs offer healthy eating practices, including the Learning About Nutrition through Activities program.
- More physical activity in childcare
Building physical activity into young children's days through programs such as I am Moving, I am Learning gets kids off to a healthy start.
- Smoke-free multi-unit housing
SHIP supports apartment building owners to put in place voluntary policies restricting smoking, resulting in less secondhand smoke exposure for families as well as lower maintenance costs.
- Comprehensive workplace wellness employs voluntary policies to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, support breastfeeding moms and promote smoking cessation among Minnesota workers, improving employee health while reducing absenteeism and the health care costs.
SHIP helps healthcare providers integrate overweight/obesity and commercial tobacco use prevention and reduction into their practice through assessment and referral. Supporting breastfeeding is also critical to ensure the youngest among us grow up strong and healthy.