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Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)


ShipLogo2013.jpgWhat is SHIP?
is an acronym for the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work and play.

SHIP Fact Sheet (PDF 373 KB) 

Olmsted SHIP History            
 2009 - 2011 Olmsted SHIP 1 (PDF 858 KB)
 2012 - 2013 Olmsted SHIP 2 (PDF 390 KB)
 2013 - 2014 Olmsted SHIP 3 (PDF 307 KB)

2013 Statewide SHIP Progress Report to Legislature (PDF 9 MB) 

Olmsted County SHIP Success Stories

An Executive Community Leadership Team (ECLT) has been created to enhance Olmsted County's ability to implement policy, systems, and environment change around obesity and tobacco prevention. Add link to list

Where is SHIP working?
SHIP is working to make the healthy choice, the easy choice in four settings; schools, worksites, community and healthcare organizations.

School and Childcare

By creating school systems that support healthy environments and model healthy behavior, everyone benefits. Children and youth spend roughly half of their waking hours in school, so this setting is a key place to reinforce the importance of eating well, being active and avoiding tobacco products.


School Resources
 Farm to Cafeteria School: Garden Food Safety Manual (PDF 3 MB)
 Healthy Concessions (PDF 746 KB)
 Healthy School Snacks (PDF 841 KB)
 Recipes from the Garden (PDF 1 MB)
 Healthy Snacks (PDF 421 KB)

Healthy Treats.pdf (PDF 453 KB)
  Healthy Classroom Celebrations (PDF 518 KB)
Healthy Active Kids Homes (PDF 856 KB)
 Walking School Bus Manual (PDF 2.1 MB)

 Kiwanis Bike Program ‘Pedal it Forward’ (PDF 1.7 MB)
Walking and Biking to School tip sheet (PDF 495 KB)
Active Recess (PDF 580 KB)

Safe Routes To Schools Videos
Walk to School Video (youtube)
Bike to School Video (youtube)

Preschool Resources
 Child Care Physical Activity Toolkit (PDF 2.5 MB)
 Best Practices for Childcare (PDF 125 KB)
 Preschool meals and snacks (PDF 642 KB)
 Healthy preschool snacks (PDF 605KB)
4 Day Preschool Menu with Recipes (PDF 5113 KB)
Tips for Daycare Providers of a Breastfed Baby (PDF 436 KB)

Children In Nature

Nature Photobook for Preschool Video (youtube)
Let's Play Outside Photobook: 50 Ways to Connect Kids to Nature (PDF 8 MB)
12 Month Nature Activity Calendar (PDF 3 MB)

DailyNatureActivityFlipbook.pdf  (PDF 1.7 MB)
Children in Nature Resources (PDF 271 KB)
Getting Your Child Outside (PDF 422 KB)


Worksite wellness efforts address nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use and can include: prohibiting tobacco use on worksite grounds; healthy food vending, catering and on-site food services practices; increasing access to worksite recreational facilities and much more. With a comprehensive workplace wellness program, businesses generally see a return on investment of 3:1 to 6:1.


Tobacco Free Grounds (PDF 633 KB)
Olmsted County Tobacco Cessation Resources (PDF 189 KB)


The best predictor of long-lasting, successful health behavior change is often the community in which a person lives. SHIP is making it possible for the community to support healthy behaviors by improving access and affordability of healthy food and places to play as well as reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.


Community Garden Toolkit (PDF 633 kB)
Famers Market and EBT Toolkit (PDF 6MB) 
Healthier Food Donations (PDF 4 MB)

    Smoke Free Housing  

Share the Road Video
    View the video Series (youtube)

Health Care
Health care providers promote healthy lifestyle behaviors by encouraging individuals to maintain healthy eating habits, participate in regular physical activity, avoid the use of tobacco products and limit exposure to secondhand smoke.


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Contact Us!
Shay Baumbach – Worksite Wellness and Healthcare Strategies
Jo Anne Judge-Dietz – School and Childcare Strategies

SHIP is an acronym for the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices where they live, learn, work and play.


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