Innovative public health program faces the ax

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 3, 2011 - 12:36 AM

The state program, created in 2008, tackles smoking and obesity at the community level.

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wndwmkrJul. 3, 11 6:06 AM

So another public program to help the idiots out there make common sense decisions for themselves. All for it but get rid of the 20 programs that are just useless. More dollars going down the drain!

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elind56Jul. 3, 11 8:00 AM

Good riddance. SHIP is a classic nanny-state, feel-good program that exhibits government over-reach at it's finest. If there was a demand for fruits and vegetables in North Mpls convenience stores, the stores would most certainly be happy to supply them. I can only wonder how much of this produce gets thrown in the dumpster. And why do we need SHIP money to press for school lunches that are "healthy"? Aren't we already throwing millions at school lunches through education funding? The entire list of SHIP initiatives pointed out in this article are classic gov't boondoggles with totally unmeasurable, and therefore questionable, results. Encouraging doctors to hassle patients over lifestyle choices only makes people more reluctant to go into the clinic for their 'lecture'. Stop this expensive madness!

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mroy01Jul. 3, 11 8:23 AM

I thought I was reading an article in the Onion. We need government programs to tell us it's not wise to overeat and smoke. Next thing you know Sheryl Crow will lecture us on how much toilet paper we use. This article should have the opposite effect the the author and the Strib intended. Hopefully people will read this and say "If these are the programs in question, SHUT IT DOWN".

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junstadJul. 3, 11 9:57 AM

So now it is an essential government service to make it easier for city employees to bike to work, and (according to the print version) encourage nine companies to encourage their employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. Really?

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lindaloobellJul. 3, 1111:10 AM

What a huge waste of our money! Do we really need a government program to tell us that smoking is bad and exercise is good? I find that insulting. This program needs to stay out of our schools, or better yet, come watch all the food that the children are required to put on their lunch tray and then watch all that food get thrown in the trash because the kids don't like it! And a classroom with 30+ kids all sitting on stability balls rather than chairs to promote physical activity is the most ridiculous thing I've seen.

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jchilman12Jul. 3, 1111:31 AM

This seems like a great program. I would be led to funding this program. I would love to give money to this among my other charitable giving. However this is a PRIME example of something the GOVERNMENT should not be funding. For all those people the DFL says are dying in the streets because we do not have a budget deal, come take the money from this program. These people are not dying, they just have poor examples of parents and/or guardians.

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lordhawhaw1Jul. 3, 11 4:31 PM

The more Government supports people the more support people need from Government.

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BABloomJul. 3, 11 6:19 PM

The more support available for good health decisions, the more health is improved in the community, and the less money is spent on healthcare. Yes, the initiative may sound funny to those unfamiar with public health, but SHIP is a grand example of the value of an ounce of prevention outweighing a pound of cure

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minn55408Jul. 3, 11 8:54 PM

Dr. Marc Manley, vice president and chief prevention officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, called SHIP the state's most effective disease prevention program since it tackled youth smoking a decade ago. Health care costs are the fastest-growing part of the state budget.=====No Dr. Manley, it's the HMO's who are the fastest-growing part of the State budget...

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corilietzJul. 3, 11 8:58 PM

To BABloom - You are so right on!! Too bad people don't understand this basic concept.

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