The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program
In Minnesota and nationally, the two largest causes of chronic disease and premature death are (1) obesity caused by poor nutrition and insufficient physical activity and (2) commercial tobacco use. The Statewide Health Improvement Program addresses this issue by preventing disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives.
Summary of Activities:
The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program addresses the leading causes of premature death and disability through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, and decreased exposure to commercial tobacco products. Working with local governments, communities, schools, businesses, and medical providers across Minnesota, the program builds sustainable, community-level changes and supports local public health and tribal health agencies through grants, gathering together science-based best practices in a menu of strategies, and offering technical assistance and evaluation.
The program's most recent year's results demonstrate how each community intervention improved the health and health care of Minnesotans: roughly 14,000 workers benefited from worksite wellness programs; more than 60 communities increased biking and walking in their communities by making safer crosswalks, sidewalks, and bike paths; and 98 property management companies adopted smoke-free policies across the State. The program worked with farmers across the State to add 11 additional farmers markets to the existing 77 throughout the State. There were 429 schools that incorporated changes into their food policies by supporting school gardens, and 160 schools adopted the "Safe Routes to School" program to make walking and biking to school easier and safer for more than 68,000 students. In addition, 232 schools implemented "Active Classroom" programs to incorporate more physical activity into the school day, affecting 118,000 students.1
Alignment to the National Quality Strategy (NQS):
Efforts such as these:
- Work with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
The Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program is run by the Minnesota Department of Health. Learn more about the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program.
1Original Source: SHIP Progress Brief Year 3: Legislative Report July 2011-June 2013 http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/oshii/ship/docs/SHIP3report.pdf.
Note: The numbers in this report differ as the updated numbers were provided directly from the Communications Coordinator, William Burleson, in the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives at the Minnesota Department of Health.