City sets 2016-2017 strategies on eating healthy, being active, living tobacco-free
The Health Department received $1.5 million for 2016-2017 to create opportunities for all Minneapolis residents to eat healthy, be active and live tobacco-free. Now in its fourth round of funding, the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) has been instrumental in helping Minneapolis make progress against obesity and commercial tobacco use, factors that contribute to chronic diseases, disability and death. The new funding enables the City to continue working with community partners on these strategies:
- Staple foods ordinance: improving the availability of nutritious foods in 230 retail stores.
- ReThink Your Drink: encouraging healthier beverage choices through education and policy changes.
- Comprehensive planning: prioritizing healthy eating and active living policies in the City’s 10-year comprehensive plan.
- Community-driven healthy living: augmenting resident and youth-driven action to create healthier communities.
- Tobacco-free housing: determining the availability of tobacco-free rental housing citywide and helping landlords create smoke-free properties.
- Physical activity: working to improve opportunities for physical activity in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
- Healthy schools: promoting healthier beverage choices within the Minneapolis Public Schools system and creating Safe Routes to School walking and bicycling opportunities for students.
- Healthy worksites: supporting healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco-free spaces, and breastfeeding spaces for City of Minneapolis employees.
- Health care: working with four community clinics that serve low-income families to help children maintain a healthy weight.
- Healthy foods and beverages in parks: supporting the rollout of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s healthy food and beverage policy.
Some SHIP-funded accomplishments in Minneapolis:
- Five charter schools integrated salad bars, giving 1,500 students daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Ninety-five rental properties with 2,800 apartment units implemented smoke-free policies, reducing tenants’ exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Thirteen emergency food programs (meal services and food shelves) changed policies and practices to offer more healthy food to their clients.
- Residents at 10 Minneapolis Public Housing Authority high-rise buildings conducted walking audits to improve pedestrian safety in their neighborhoods.
Minnesota has more work to do, considering 27.6 percent of adults in Minnesota are obese; 14.4 percent of adult Minnesotans smoke; and cancer, heart disease and stroke were among the top five leading causes of death in Minnesota in 2013.
SHIP communities choose from a menu of strategies based on the latest science that the Minnesota Department of Health compiled in collaboration with local public health groups. Communities select strategies that best align with local needs to address chronic disease. All Minnesota counties are participating in SHIP. Learn more about the State’s program.
Published Feb 9, 2016