Minneapolis receives $1.8 million in SHIP grants to increase healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free living

The City of Minneapolis has received more than $1.8 million in Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) funds from the Minnesota Department of Health to expand community-wide efforts to increase active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living. Launched in 2008 as part of Minnesota’s health reform effort, SHIP works to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives while building healthy, vital communities.

Over the next two years, the Minneapolis SHIP grant will allow the Minneapolis Health Department to support 14 projects that aim to improve access to healthy foods in schools, neighborhoods, and worksites; create opportunities for residents to be physically active; increase availability of smoke-free rental property; and support clinics’ efforts to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight and quit smoking. The grant includes the continuation of successful initiatives such as the Healthy Corner Store Program and Safe Routes to School activities at Minneapolis Public Schools, as well as new initiatives including a community-driven campaign to promote healthy beverage options and engagement of youth as change-makers in their neighborhoods.

For more information about SHIP in Minneapolis, visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health.  

Published Nov 4, 2013