The Statewide Health Improvement Program
SHIP helps make healthy choices possible.
Good health starts where we live, work, learn and play. Thanks to the Statewide Health Improvement Program, communities across Minnesota are working together to expand opportunities for active living, healthy eating and smoke-free living. Some examples:
- Safer walking and biking routes to school are helping more kids get the physical activity they need to stay healthy and do better in school.
- 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.
- 26.1% of adults in Minnesotans are obese - caused by insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eating - increasing risk for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic illnesses.
- 14.4% of adult Minnesotans smoke cigarettes, leading to various cancers and heart disease.
- Obesity and tobacco use and exposure are 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.