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Dec. 12, 2012
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Governor’s list of health results for Building a Better Minnesota includes five efforts led or coordinated by MDH

Minnesota Department of Health offers details, background on each accomplishment

Gov. Mark Dayton today released a list of accomplishments that his administration has made over the last two years in improving the health of all Minnesotans. On that list were five efforts spearheaded or coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Health in partnership with other state agencies, local public health agencies, communities and private sector partners.

Detailed information on the accomplishments can be found on the MDH website through the links below:

Giving Kids Healthy Foods (SHIP)
Gov. Mark Dayton highlighted how the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) has helped improve nutrition in Minnesota’s schools. In March, Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger visited Woodland Elementary School in Eagan. Click here to see a photo slideshow:
http://healthreform.health.state.mn.us/2012_03_01_archive.html

Providing Free Cancer Screening for Women (Sage)
As part of breast cancer awareness month in October, MDH highlighted free mammograms that are available all year long.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2012/sage101112.html

Keeping Minnesotans Healthy with High Quality, Preventive Care (Health Care Homes)
MDH’s health care home program is helping focus clinical care on helping patients meet their health goal. Gov. Mark Dayton has highlighted the program’s recent accomplishments.
MDH news release:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2012/hchomes052212.html
Health Care Homes background:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/homes/index.html

Helping Minnesotans Adopt Healthy Lifestyles (SHIP)
Gov. Mark Dayton has highlighted the SHIP program as a statewide accomplishment. Read stories from Minnesotans about how the program has changed their lives. http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/ship/stories.html
Basic SHIP program background:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/ship/
SHIP Year Two Progress Report overview:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/ship/docs/SHIP_yr2_overview.pdf
Progress report news release with bullet points on accomplishments:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2012/ship030712.html

Feeding Hungry Minnesotans (SHIP, others)
Farmers markets increase access to fruits and vegetables, a key component of healthy eating. During the first two years of SHIP, 160 new farmers markets have opened in Minnesota, an increase of 95 percent.
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/ship/stories.html#nutrition [expired link]

This was the third in a series of reports highlighting the progress the Dayton administration is making toward building a Better Minnesota. That progress can be measured by the improvements Minnesotans have seen in their lives, families, communities and economy. Previous releases focused on the economy and education. Future snapshots will look at improvements in the areas of community, safety, environment, mobility and government. The Governor’s Health results can be found at: http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-50804
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For more information, contact:

Doug Schultz
MDH Communications
651-201-4993

Scott Smith
MDH Communications 
651-201-5806