Statewide Health Improvement Partnership
SHIP works on the areas of community, school, workplace and health care toward sustainable, systemic changes that create widespread, lasting results.
In Minnesota and nationally, the two largest causes of chronic disease and premature death are obesity, caused by poor nutrition and insufficient physical activity, and commercial tobacco use. We MUST do something to address these problems as individuals, as communities, and as a state. To really make a dent in health care costs, we must think in terms of preventing illness, not just treating it. In Minnesota, adult-obesity attributable medical expenses are approximately $1.3 billion (2003) and direct medical costs due to tobacco use are almost $2.9 billion (2007).