The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is working to create healthier communities across Minnesota by expanding opportunities for active living, healthy eating and tobacco-free living. Good health is created where we live, work, learn and play. Schools, businesses, apartment owners/managers, farmers, community groups, senior organizations, hospitals, clinics, planning entities, Chambers of Commerce, faith communities and many more partners are creating better health together through SHIP all across Minnesota.
A well-designed workplace wellness initiative offers an organizational foundation to support employee health and encourages positive lifestyle behaviors like adequate physical activity, healthful eating, tobacco-free environments, support for nursing moms and stress management.
- Adult Americans spend a large portion of their waking hours at work, providing workplaces with a great opportunity to affect employee health on a larger scale.
- In fact, a 2010 review by the Community Preventative Services Task Force, housed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that a comprehensive workplace wellness initiative can exert a positive influence on health behaviors. Well-designed initiatives can also have an impact on employer financial measures like healthcare utilization, worker productivity and employee turnover.