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What is SHIP?

What is SHIP?


SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program) is about creating good health for parents, kids, and the whole community, by decreasing obesity and increasing healthy habits. Two out of three Minnesotans are overweight or obesecaused by insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eatingincreasing risk for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic illnesses. SHIP improves health and saves money by building stronger communities. For all our sakes, we can and must do better.


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As stated by the Bill Clinton Foundation on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, "Unless we take action now, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents." So, lets give those years back and help develop healthier lifestyles.

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Brooklyn Center School District has been chosen to be one of a few pilot schools in Minnesota for the program. Minnesota is the ONLY state in the entire U.S. that is committed to this level of work on prevention of chronic disease. We participate in the following initiatives:


1.    Active Recess

2.    Healthy Celebrations

3.  Active Before and After School Programs

4.    Healthy Vending

5.    Healthy Fundraising

6.    A la Carte


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 Below are resources with healthy alternatives and snack ideas.