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The Statewide Health Improvement Program uses science-based strategies that are both effective and long-term.

We Also know that what works in Minneapolis may not work in Rock County or the Leech Lake Reservation. Local communities choose SHIP strategies that are best for them. The result? Real, community-led improvements in healthy eating, physical activity, and reducing commercial tobacco use.


SHIP partners with schools

  • 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.
    SHIP video: Harvesting Healthy Habits in Bloomington
  • 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 helps families stay active and healthy and kids arrive to school focused and ready to learn.
    Video: Safe Routes To Schools for Every Child
  • Physical activity in schools. 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.
    SHIP video: Active Classrooms in Bloomington
  • Tobacco-free campuses. Post-secondary schools are helping students avoid the use of and exposure to tobacco products, by making campuses tobacco-free and connecting students and staff to smoking cessation services—including quitlines, quitting websites and face-to-face counseling.

Community strategies


Working with employers

  • Comprehensive workplace wellness employs voluntary policies to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and promote smoking cessation among Minnesota workers, improving employee health while reducing absenteeism and the health care costs incurred by employers.
    CDC video: Healthy Snacking in Philadelphia

Partnering with healthcare providers

  • 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.


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Updated Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at 04:43PM