Rachel wanted me to share this article on the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Lawmakers return from their spring break next week, and among the budget decisions still to be resolved is whether to continue funding the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The program has already seen its budget slashed by more than two-thirds.

Julie Seiber, SHIP coordinator, St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health, said the cuts are short-sighted, because the return on investment is huge when the growing obesity epidemic is reduced.

"We'll do that by making healthy food and opportunities for physical activity available to all the residents of Minnesota and also work to reduce exposure to tobacco," Seiber said. "Both of those things are related to reducing the incidence of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes." Read the rest of the article.