SHIP uses science-based strategies that are both effective and long-term. Instead of focusing on individual behavior change that may be hard to maintain over time, SHIP makes sustainable changes that support individual choices about health. As an example, rather than only try to convince people to walk more, with SHIP local communities may see the need for more sidewalks so that people CAN walk more.
SHIP works on four areas:
Community: People are ultimately responsible for the lifestyle choices they make related to health. However, the best predictor of health behavior and long-lasting successful behavior change is often the community in which a person lives, works, learns and plays. SHIP focuses on creating opportunities for active living, increasing access to healthy food, and reducing tobacco use through policy, systems and environmental change.
Schools: School-age children and youth spend roughly half of their waking hours in school. By creating school systems that continue to support healthy eating and physical activity throughout the school day, and model healthy behavior, everyone benefits.
Workplace: Businesses and worksites are a vital part of wellness efforts, uniquely situated to help support healthy behavior among employees. A comprehensive worksite wellness effort strives to reach all employees regardless of health status.
Healthcare: In order to improve the health of Minnesotans and reduce health care costs, it is critical that Minnesota's health care systems make reducing obesity (and tobacco use) a top priority.
To learn more about Minnesota SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) please visit the Minnesota Department of Health page: http://www.health.state.mn.us/ship/.