WellSpot Spotlight

North Oaks Implements Healthy Vending Choices

Fifteen North Oaks Health System facilities have recently been designated as Level 1 WellSpots, with 30 additional North Oaks facilities designated as Level 2 WellSpots. North Oaks provides a tobacco-free and breastfeeding friendly environment; healthy dining and vending options; and patient education on the following topics: 1) tobacco cessation 2) diabetes self-management 3) obesity 4) high blood pressure and the 4) 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! message.  These healthy practices enrich the lives of North Oaks employees and invest in the health of the Tangipahoa and Livingston parish communities.


The health system’s most exciting benchmark achievement incorporates healthy vending into North Oaks facilities where vending is available.  Offering healthier vending options makes the healthy choice the easy choice.  It empowers North Oaks employees and patrons to make small healthy choices every day, which can help prevent high blood pressure and obesity.  To do this, North Oaks added several PepsiCo Hello Goodness Machines on its main hospital campus and added several healthy options to other machines. 


The health system rolled out its healthy vending with an employee nutrition series that included education on food labeling, snacking and weight loss. Going forward, the system will also host weight loss challenges and wellness screenings annually. North Oaks employees have readily embraced the healthy vending options.    


As major employers and health leaders, health systems have a great opportunity to promote healthy choices in the spaces and places where we live and work.  Hospitals help establish norms for healthy living.  North Oaks is one of Louisiana's largest health systems with two hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, two outpatient diagnostic & treatment centers, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a hospice agency and physician group primary and specialty care clinic network in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes. North Oaks has repeatedly been recognized as employee-friendly and a "Best Place to Work" (New Orleans CityBusiness 2008 – 2013, 2016). 


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Did You Know?

  • 36.2% of Louisiana is obese.  This ranks our state the most obese in the nation.
  • Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  
  • In recent years, our nation’s obesity prevalence has almost tripled – up from 11.6% in 1990 to 29.8% today.
  • According to the Snack Food Association, about 74% of consumers are trying to eat healthier. Thus, sales of healthier snacks are outpacing traditional snack foods by 4 to 11.      

Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward

WellSpots are spaces and places in Louisiana that have implemented healthy changes in their environment to help their employees and community live well.  When you make the healthy choice the easy choice, the benefits are endless. Employees are happier. They miss less work. They are more productive. And, their healthcare costs go down! It’s easy to become a WellSpot. Start the WellSpot designation process today by taking the online assessment here.