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 2013-14 Healthy Rice County program include: Farm to School, Active School Day, Tobacco Free Post-Secondary College Campuses, Physical Activity and Good Nutrition in Child Care Settings, Active Communities, Worksite Wellness, and Clinical-Community Linkages between health care providers and community resources that can help people achieve better health through active living, weight loss, and tobacco cessation.
Please see these Fact Sheets for an overview of SHIP Success Stories from 2009-2013.