Minnesota's SHIP program sees positive results

New program aims to make workplaces healthier

WCCO Radio Newsroom
June 25, 2019 - 6:45 am

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A new program  designed to make workplaces healthier is seeing positive results according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

92-percent of local employers participating in Minnesota's Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, or "SHIP" program reported positive changes. 

Kim Edelman is a research scientist with the Health Department and says simple changes are making a big difference.

"Workplaces providing healthier options in vending machines by making them all healthy, or a higher percentage healthier," Edelman said. "More time to be physically active during work is also being offered during flex time."

Last year, more than 800 workplaces adopted the SHIP program.

"We found that the number of employers that offered breastfeeding-friendly rooms more than doubled," she said.

SHIP received $35 million in state funding for FY 2018-2019, which was the same amount the previous two fiscal years.

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