SHIP in the Schools

“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, MN Commissioner of Education & Ed Ehlinger, MN Commissioner of Health

In Anoka County SHIP focuses on schools with high free/reduced meal eligibility to promote health equity.

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School Partners

Twenty-three individual schools from across the county, including the school districts of 

  • Fridley
  • Columbia Heights
  • Anoka Hennepin
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Forest Lake
  • 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
  • School-Based Agriculture
  • Healthy Snacks During School Day
  • Healthy Snacks Outside School Day
  • Smarter Lunchrooms


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 Classrooms
  • Active Recess / Drop-In Time
  • Before and After School Activities
  • Safe Routes to School