faith-based organization WellSpot Benchmarks

Faith-Based Organization WellSpots 

Faith-based organizations of all types are natural centers for spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.  As a trusted spiritual leader, you have a great opportunity to impact the health of your congregation. By doing things like adopting a comprehensive smoke-free policy, implementing a congregational wellness program, or embracing organizational practices that promote physical activity, nutrition, or health education, you are setting an example of how to live a healthier lifestyle. 

To learn more about the benchmarks for faith-based organization WellSpots and to get your organization moving Well-Ahead, take the faith-based organization assessment

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Faith-Based WellSpot Benchmarks

All faith-based organization WellSpots must implement at least one physical activity, nutrition or health education-based practice.  In addition, faith-based organizations must meet at least three additional wellness benchmarks.  

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

  • One Organizational Practice 
  • Three Benchmarks of Choice
  • Smoke-Free policy
  • One Organizational Practice
  • Congregational Wellness Program
  • Six Benchmarks of Choice 
  • Tobacco-Free Policy
  • All Benchmarks Met
Benchmarks Documentation/Verification

Comprehensive smoke-free policy

Copy of policy

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Comprehensive tobacco-free policy

Copy of policy

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Promotion of the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline or another approved cessation service organization

Written description or pictures of ways in which the LA Tobacco Quitline or other service is promoted

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Participation in the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition's Breastfeeding Welcome Here Campaign

OR

Designation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace or Champion

Copy of signed pledge form, picture of campaign poster and/or window cling, or verification with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition

OR

Well-Ahead will verify this benchmark is met with the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition

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Worksite Wellness Program - Beginning Implementation 

The first steps in beginning a worksite wellness program are gaining support from leadership, determining who will lead the program, and planning an initial assessment of your employees and volunteers to determine current health habits and interests. 

  • Letter from leadership indicating support for a worksite wellness program
  • Names of designated staff person/volunteer to lead the program
  • Brief description of employee and volunteer assessment planned, in progress, or completed.

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Worksite Wellness Program - Partial Implementation 

Once you have assessed your staff, you will utilize the results to develop a work plan of activities or programs to encourage healthy behaviors surrounding physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health 

Copy of wellness work plan or calendar of events specific to the organization, reflective of assessment results, and including activity descriptions related to physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation and mental health

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Worksite Wellness Program - Full Implementation 

Now that you have a plan, you'll continue to encourage and motivate your staff as you implement the plan. After one year, you will do an assessment to evaluate the impact of your program. Assessments should be continued on an annual basis

Description of how annual program evaluation was conducted or copy of annual evaluation results 

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Congregational Wellness Program 

At any time, expand your wellness program to your congregation. Administer the initial needs assessment to your congregation to determine their health/interests. Once you have evaluated the results, begin health programs for the whole congregation!

  • Copy or summary of the results of the congregational needs assessment
  • Description and copy of the programs being implemented and available to the entire congregation

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At least 50% of vending items in each snack and beverage machine and/or any snack provided at congregational events meet approved healthy vending guidelines

  • Inventory of vending machine or snack options from vendor (with nutritional information if available) or picture of vending machine (if nutrition information is posted on the machine)

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Promotion of self-assessment tools for prediabetes and heart health among employees, congregation and community members

Written description or pictures of ways in which the self-assessment tools are promoted to employees and congregation 

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Adoption of atleast one nutrition-based policy: 

  • Healthy vending policy
  • Healthy meeting policy

Copy of at least one policy that makes healthy food options more accessible

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Connect with local organizations (like the YMCA) to host a National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

Provide copy of program description from local organization

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 Implementation of at least one nutrition-based organizational practice

  • Partner with local farm(s) to offer fresh produce sales for community and/or be a drop off location for Community Supported Agriculture club(s)
  • Start a Community/Youth Garden
  • Offer/Coordinate nutrition classes
  • Create a 'No Sugar Zone'- sugary foods and drinks aren't allowed at events
  • Be a Host for a USDA Summer Feeding Program
Written description of ways in which at least one nutrition based practices is implemented 

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Implementation of at least one physical activity-based organizational practice

  • Start a walking program (see examples on Well-Ahead website).
  • Participate in a shared-use agreement/facility use policy and agreement/open use policy
  • Create a sports equipment drop box
  • Support or start a community sports league, intramural sport or physical activity club accessible to all community members 
  • Host/Sponsor an annual (bi-annual, quarterly, bi-monthly, monthly) active event
  • Create a walking path around or near facility
  • Begin a physical activity program (see examples on Well-Ahead website).
Written description of ways in which at least one physical activity-based practices is implemented 

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Implementation of at least one health education-based organizational practice 

  • Offer space for support groups such as: Over-eaters Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, etc.
  • Teach/Host healthy living classes (see examples on Well-Ahead website).
  • Educate families on the importance of reducing screen time
  • Promotion of 5-2-1-0 Message through activities/events/challenges (see examples on Well-Ahead website).
  • Host guest speakers to educate on chronic disease prevention and management, and oral health prevention and management
  • Provide oral health education activities
Written description of ways in which at least one health education-based practices is implemented 

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