The purpose of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is to improve the health of all Minnesotans and thereby decrease health care costs through increased physical activity, healthier eating, and less use and exposure to commercial tobacco products. SHIP succeeds by encouraging and supporting healthy living and addressing health disparities through community engagement, local decision-making and sustainable, evidence-based strategies.

SHIP is dedicated to helping Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by preventing the key risk factors for chronic disease. SHIP will contribute to the following goals, which are part of the Minnesota 2020: Chronic Disease and Injury Plan:

  • Increase the number of adults who are a healthy weight from 38% to 47% by 2020.
  • Increase healthy eating and active living in youth, specifically an:
  • Increase in the prevalence of youth who eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables daily from 18% to 30% by 2020.
  • Increase in the prevalence of youth meeting moderate physical activity guidelines from 74% of boys and 68% of girls to 92% of boys and 89% of girls by 2020.
  • Decrease in young adults (18-24) who smoke from 27.8% to 18.6% by 2020.