Healthy Rice County is an initiative led by Rice County Public Health with funding from a Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant from the Minnesota Department of Health. SHIP addresses the top three causes of preventable illness and death in the United States: Tobacco Use, Physical Inactivity and Poor Nutrition. The work of SHIP occurs in four areas including Schools, Worksites, Health Care Facilities, and Communities.
Priority activities for the 2012-13 Healthy Rice County program include: Farm to School, Active School Day, Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing, Tobacco Free Post-Secondary College Campuses, Physical Activity in Child Care Settings, and Active Communities.
Please see these Fact Sheets for an overview of SHIP Success Stories from 2009-2013.