Children spend a lot of time at school, making the school environment a great place to model healthy eating and regular physical activity, which can last throughout their lifespan.
“Countless studies and reports have shown that when students are healthy, they learn better and miss fewer school days due to illness. Physical activity has also shown to decrease disruptive behavior in the classroom.” – Brenda Cassellius, Former MN Commissioner of Education & Ed Ehlinger, Former MN Commissioner of Health
In Anoka County, SHIP focuses on schools with high free/reduced meal eligibility to promote health equity.
Twenty-three individual schools from across the county, including the school districts of
Spring Lake Park
Paladin Career and Technical High School
Goal: increase fruit and vegetables, decrease sodium, decrease saturated fat, and decrease added sugars in foods and beverages available and sold
Farm to School
Healthy Snacks During School Day
Healthy Snacks Outside School Day
Click here to find out more about specific youth nutrition programs in each area school district.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (ACTIVE SCHOOLS)
Goal: increase physical activity opportunities both during and outside the school day to assist students to meet the national guidelines of 60 minutes or more each day
Quality Physical Education
Active Recess / Drop-In Time
Before and After School Activities
Safe Routes to School
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care
Anoka County SHIP is supporting local child care providers with becoming designated Breastfeeding Friendly by the Minnesota Department of Health. We can provide technical assistance with the application, as well as funding support for the purchase of materials needed to meet the designation requirements. If you are a child care provider interested in the Breastfeeding Friendly designation, please contact us at SHIP@co.anoka.mn.us with the subject line "Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care".
Fact Sheets and Success Stories
We are happy to share impact data from the evaluation of our schools strategy, including fact sheets and highlighting the success stories of our partners.