The goal of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier, better lives by preventing risk factors that lead to chronic disease. SHIP is an integral component of an overall health care reform initiative passed during the 2008 Legislative session. Minnesota’s health reforms aim to simultaneously improve the health of Minnesotans, enhance the patient experience and contain the spiraling costs of health care in our state.
As a part of SHIP, Public Health is working on policy, systems and environmental changes in select communities, schools and worksites on the following SHIP strategies:
HEALTHY FOOD ENVIRONMENT: Farm to School
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ENVIRONMENT: Safe Routes To School
HEALTHY CHILD CARE ENVIRONMENT: Healthy Food Environment
HEALTHY FOOD ENVIRONMENT : Community Healthy Food Environment
A Community Food Partnership (CFP) will provide a framework for communities to develop priorities, identify target audiences, and create strategic plans to address the most pressing issues in their area.
CFPs will concentrate on reducing access to sodium, added sugar, and fat, while increasing access to fruits and vegetables by improving policies, systems, and environmental changes in farm to fork, healthier food outlets, and nutrition labeling practices.
TOBACCO FREE ENVIRONMENT: Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing
COMPREHENSIVE WORKSITE WELLNESS
1. Healthy Food Environment (includes vending, cafeteria, catering, breastfeeding support)
|Minnesota Department of Health Prevention and Healthy Living
The Centers for Disease Control Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Getting Heatlhy
National Institutes of Health