SHIP and Communities
SHIP works to make healthy living easier for everyone right where they live.
Our goals include:
- increasing opportunities for everyone to be active through walking and bicycling,
- increasing access to healthy food,
- decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free housing and grounds initiatives, and
- supporting social connectedness and belonging.
Supporting Community Wellness
- Local Policy Options, such as Bicycle or Pedestrian Master Plans, Land Use Plans / Zoning, Complete Streets, Destination design and Placemaking, Transit Planning, Park Planning
- Improvements to Streets / Trails such as way-finding signage, bike parking, benches, bicycle sharing programs, bike repair stations, etc.
- Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to Food
- Walk Friendly Community Assessment and Designation
- Being walk friendly means that a community develops and supports walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access and comfort.
- Bicycle Friendly Community Assessment and Designation
- Being bicycle friendly means that it is easy, safe and fun for everyone to ride a bicycle.
- Farmers' Markets
- increasing access to fresh produce by supporting farmers' market to accept EBT payment
- Community-Based Agriculture
- increasing access to fresh produce by supporting community gardens
- Emergency Food Systems (food shelves & pantries)
- supporting local food shelves in efforts to adopt SuperShelf practices
- Healthy Food Retail
- supporting access to fresh produce by working with convenience stores to increase healthy options
- Menu Labeling in Restaurants, Cafeterias, and Vending
- Local or Regional Food Policy Councils (work on local food system initiatives and policies)
Tobacco-Free / Smoke-Free Air
- Point of Sale Ordinances
- Improving the tobacco retail environment to reduce the community's exposure to and use of tobacco products and marketing
- Smoke-free Housing
- Decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke in homes by increasing access to smoke-free housing options
- Commercial tobacco-free Outdoor Community and Cultural Spaces and Events
- Decreasing exposure at parks, beaches, recreation areas, and community events
Belonging and Social Connection
- Envision and design public space to encourage social connection - in parks, at farmers' markets, at events
- Parks incorporate cultural liaisons to welcome/orient visitors
- Farmers Markets incorporate:
- culturally diverse vendors, activities and signs that reflect the whole community
- social services booths to connect people to resources
- cultural liaisons/greeters to welcome/orient visitors