SHIP and Schools

Children spend the majority of their waking hours at school where they consume 30 - 60 percent of their daily calories. Therefore, schools can be a champion in encouraging healthy behaviors and building health environments. Not only does this make for healthier kids (and future adults), but it also helps them to be betters learners, through improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

The CDC’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model guides SHIP staff in their efforts to support local schools. The model emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices.

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Supporting School Wellness

SHIP provides technical assistance and funding in support of the following healthy school best practices, which become the backbone of a comprehensive and sustainable healthy school environment:

Healthy School Food Initiatives

  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Farm to School through food service, school gardens and curriculum
  • Smarter Lunchrooms (meals, time for lunch, staff role modeling, food and beverage marketing)
  • Nutrition Education
  • Healthy Snacks during the school day (smart snacks/ snack carts, water access, classroom celebrations and rewards)
  • Healthy Snacks outside the school day (concessions, fundraising)

Comprehensive Tobacco Free Schools

  • Enhancing school tobacco policy
  • Implementing tobacco / vaping education and curriculum
  • Developing systems to support cessation

Well-Being in Schools

  • Incorporating Trauma-Informed Principles into everyday processes
  • Embedding opportunities for social connections within other wellness initiatives
    • Implement policies for increased seat time at meals
    • Foster connectedness through school gardens or similar activities
    • Develop policies for celebration and rewards that encourage social connections
  • Social and emotional learning climate
  • School Counseling, Psychological and Social Services
  • School Health Services to support students with chronic health conditions

Partnering with SHIP

If your school(s) are interested in applying for funding through SHIP in Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur and Waseca counties, please review the application instructions (linked below); then complete and submit the application and budget (linked below) via email. Contact information can be found in both the instructions and the application.

BNLW SHIP School Partner Application Instructions

BNLW SHIP School Partner Application

BNLW SHIP School Partner Application Budget

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To learn more about Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) in Minnesota, visit the Minnesota Department of Health website

For more about SHIP in Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, and Waseca counties, follow us on Facebook or contact Kristen Friedrichs 507-934-7221.