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Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policy - Faith-Based Organization Specific

Cigarette smoking remains the largest cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. By adopting a Smoke-Free Policy, you ensure that your staff, congregation and visitors to your organization are protected from secondhand smoke exposure. Faith-Based Organization WellSpots are required to implement a Smoke-Free Policy for Level 2 designation and a Tobacco-Free Policy for Level 1 designation.  For sample policies, visit the provided resources.

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Breastfeeding Welcome Here Campaign

The Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition's Breastfeeding Welcome Here Campaign allows organizations to promote breastfeeding without taking the steps to become Breastfeeding Friendly designated.  This program asks organizations to sign a pledge and display a window cling to show support of a mother's right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere (supported by Louisiana law). Signed pledge forms can be sent to info@louisianabreastfeeding.org.  Faith-Based Organizations who submit a signed pledge form will receive a window cling to display and be listed on the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition website.

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Designation as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace or Champion

Providing lactation accommodations in the workplace saves employers money and doesn't require a lot of resources.  Employees simply need reasonable break times, a private space, and employer support.  Federal law now requires employers to provide breastfeeding employees with time and a space to express milk.

In partnership with the Tulane Mary Amelia Women’s Health Center (MAC), the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition recognizes employers in Louisiana as Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Champions and Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces for the efforts in supporting their employees who breastfeed or pump milk to feed their babies.

What does it mean to be Breastfeeding-Friendly?
How do I apply for a designation?

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Congregational Wellness Program

A Congregational Wellness Program is a congregation centered approach to improve health outcomes and health behaviors, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.  Wellness programs include coordinated strategies to promote and support overall health, such as healthy eating, physical activity, mental health (including stress management) and tobacco cessation.  Creating a Congregational Wellness Program starts by assessing your congregation to discover their health needs and interests.  The next step is to offer activities based on the assessment results.  A congregational program can be implemented at little to no cost and will create an environment that supports health!

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Hosting a National Diabetes Prevention Program

In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the U.S. population has aged and become more overweight.  Currently, 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes, where blood-sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes.  People with prediabetes are at high risk for Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention's lifestyle change program, National Diabetes Prevention Program, helps people with prediabetes prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes and other serious health problems and improve overall health. The good news? It's scientifically proven, and it works!   Help those suffering with prediabetes find support by providing a space for the YMCA or other organizations to host a NDPP.  Click here to find local NDPPs.

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Nutrition-Based Organizational Practices

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39.8% of Americans are obese (BMI is 30.0 or higher) resulting from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including behavior and genetics.  Behaviors include dietary patterns, physical activity/inactivity, medication use and other exposures.  Obesity is a serious concern associated with poorer mental health outcomes and reduced quality of life.

People and families may make decisions based on their environment or community, and it is important to create environments that make healthier choices easier.  Community, child care, school, healthcare, workplace and faith-based settings can all influence people's daily behaviors.  Adoption of at least one of these practices helps to create an environment that encourages healthy eating.  The resources provided below will help you create a faith-based environment that supports healthier choices.

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Physical Activity-Based Organizational Practices

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  The benefits of physical activity include controlling weight, reducing the risk of multiple chronic diseases, strengthening bones and muscles, improving mental health and mood, preventing falls and increasing chances of living longer.  Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week and 2 or more days of muscle-strengthening activities. Children and adolescents should participate in 1 or more hours of physical activity each day.

Creating or modifying environments to make it easier for people to walk or bike is a strategy that not only helps increase physical activity, but can make our communities better places to live.  Adoption of at least one of these practices helps adults and youth meet the requirements for daily physical activity.

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  • Walking Programs - Walking is great for your health and it can be even more fun when you have a group to do it with you!  Help coordinate a group of people, who can walk together.  Need some encouragement? Check out some ideas to keep your group motivated!
    Walk to Jerusalem/Walk to Bethlehem
    Starting a Walking Club
    Mall Walking
    Every Body Walk!
    America Walks
  • Shared Use Agreements - A shared use agreement allows an organization to open or broaden access to their property or facilities to benefit the larger community.  Shared use can promote physical activity, equity and health.
    Shared Use Agreements and Assessments
    Benefits of a Shared Use
    Shared Use Playbook
  • Sports Equipment Drop Box - Create a space where gently used sports equipment can be dropped off.  This sports equipment can be donated to organizations or used in your own sports league.
    Restore Sports
    Let's Play it Forward
  • Sports League - Support or start a community sports league, intramural sport or physical activity club accessible to all community members.
    How to Organize a Recreational Sports League
  • Host/Sponsor an active event (annual, bi-annual, quarterly, bi-monthly, monthly).  Host a dance, a 5K, or a fitness festival.  The goal is to get people moving!  Get creative!
  • Walking Path - Create a walking path around your organization or a labyrinth.  You can use wayfaring signs so people know how far they have walked.  Labyrinths can be used for mediation as well.
    Veriditas
    Labyrinth Project

     Seniors
    Active Living Everyday
    EnhanceFitness
    Fit & Strong
Walk with Ease
Geri-Fit
Healthy Moves
Healthy Aging in Parks
StrongWomen

Health Education-Based Organizational Practices

Chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and arthritis are among the most common and preventable of all health problems.  Half of all American adults have at least one chronic condition, and almost one-third have multiple chronic conditions; many of which share the same cause.  Faith-Based Organizations have an opportunity to provide education about chronic disease prevention and management to help their congregation members live healthier lives.

Health education-based practices aim at promoting healthy behaviors and preventing chronic disease.

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