Active Living

Active living is for everyone. It’s easy to get all the physical activity you need to be healthy when active living is built into the world around you. That means having access to daily opportunities to move: walking or biking to work or school, parks and playgrounds near your home, and accessible hiking trails, for example.


  • School curriculum options.
  • Resources and training to public health leaders, schools and organizations throughout the region.



  • Advocacy efforts to increase walking and biking in every community
  • Northeast SHIP partners with ARDC for information and support for road design and planning in your community

What is safe routes to school?


improving together

Northeast SHIP partners with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to improve lives with infrastructure for walking and biking in our region. We can help with walk audits, policy change, planning, funding support, and more.

Imagine That...

Exercise improves health conditions and can prevent disease.

Regular exercise helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis, and falls.

Exercise improves mood.

Physical activity stimulates many brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.

You also may feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Exercise promotes better sleep.

Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep

Walking and biking can be fun and social!

Exercise and physical activity can be fun. They give you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply do activities that make you happy. Physical activity also can help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.

Wondering how to bring more opportunities for physical activity to your community?

SHIP can help! Connect with us to schedule a meeting.

Key Tips to remember

The Health Connection

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Immediate benefits include better sleep, reduced anxiety, and lower blood pressure.

Exercise Routine

Guidelines for adults recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. You might split that into 22 minutes a day or 30 minutes a day for 5 days. You can use any combination that fits your schedule.

Do what Feels Right For you!

Ask a health professional what physical activities are right for your age, fitness level, skill level, and health.

Tell Us Your Idea


To learn more about creating opportunities in your community for safer, and more accessible walking and biking, please fill out the connect form. We would love to work with you to talk about available training, curriculum, planning supports, and other resources!

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