• SHIP, at its core, is a locally driven effort.
• Chronic diseases are among the leading causes of death in Minnesota. SHIP works on preventing chronic diseases by strengthening the capacity of communities to create their own healthy futures.
• Communities choose strategies that are based on the latest science and focused on making long-term, sustainable changes in schools and child care facilities, communities, workplaces and health care settings.
• Healthy communities create opportunities for all Minnesotans to live longer, healthier lives.
Thanks to SHIP, communities are:
• Increasing access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, local corner stores, emergency food programs, mobile markets and other food retailers
• Serving healthier foods and increasing access to physical activity opportunities at schools and child care facilities
• Making biking and walking easier in towns and cities across the state
• Taking steps to make multi-unit housing sites smoke free
• Working with small- and mid-sized employers to improve workers’ health and productivity
• Working with health care sites to strengthen connections to community to ensure that patients are referred to evidence-based programs in their area
• Supporting breastfeeding moms