Worksite Wellness 

In an effort to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, improve productivity, and boost a positive culture in our workplaces, the Office of Public Health is implementing a statewide wellness program for all employees. OPH360 will support you in improving your personal health through peer encouragement, educational opportunities and wellness activities.  Wellness activities will focus on healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation and mental health. Be on the lookout for emails from your Wellness Champions for upcoming events and activities. 

Join our Facebook group to stay updated on all things OPH360! Your wellness champion will share what's happening in your area there.  Stay engaged and motivate your coworkers by sharing your healthy habits, recipes and successes. 


January Ways to Wellness 

 A New Year Resolution Should Be a Lifestyle Resolution!

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions flop by the second week of February. Eating healthier and losing weight are among the most popular resolutions. Below are a few tips to help you stay on track and make healthier food choices in the New Year.

  • Don’t skip meals. Limiting and avoiding food can cause you to eat more over the course of the day. Always have something for breakfast to start your day off right.
  • Limit caffeine. Too much caffeine can actually make you feel more tired throughout the day. It can also add excess sugar and calories depending on your selection. Aim for less than 3 - 8 ounce servings per day.
  • Plan-Ahead. Set yourself up for success by preparing a healthy lunch the night before. If you are planning to go out for lunch or supper, research a couple of restaurant menus online before you go. This will help impulse eating of unhealthy foods.
  • Try 1 new food each week. Incorporate more nutritious foods into your diet by purchasing different types of fruit, vegetables or whole grains each week. This will keep meals fresh and innovative!
  • Cook at home. Restaurants are notorious for high calorie, fat, and sodium meals. Cook the majority of your meals at home, so you can control and know what is going into your food.
  • Make the most of your freezer. Freezing helps reduce waste, saves time and money and ensures you are eating a healthier, delicious meal.
  • Drink more water. Staying hydrated supports weight control, because water makes you feel full and helps you consume fewer calories. Get in the habit of drinking water when you wake up, at each meal and in between meals.

#Goals: Plan, Act, Accomplish

Did you know only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals according to research by the University of Scranton?  Below are tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

  • Write down goals. This will keep you accountable, as well as help track progress daily, weekly or monthly.
  • Be specific. Don’t just say “I want to work out more.” Say “I will work out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for at least 30 minutes.”
  • Make a plan. Use smaller steps to achieve bigger goals.
  • Talk about it. Tell your friends and family or join a support group to stay motivated, and hold yourself accountable.
  • Limit the amount of goals. Choose only one to two goals instead of a long list of everything you want to do or change.
  • Set a timeline. You don’t have to use the whole year to complete a goal. For example, say “I will do Meatless Mondays for the month of February.”  Once you’ve accomplished that, you can add another month. Keep your goals small and attainable.
  • Don’t give up! No matter how many times you slip, keep moving forward. Don’t let this be an excuse to give up completely.

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*The Office of Public Health and the OPH360 Wellness Program does not take the place of medical advice. Individuals should always consult with a physician prior to starting any exercise or diet regimen.

Need a Snack? Sweet & Spicy Oven Dried Berries  

Sometimes, you just want candy......but you also want to fuel your body with nutritious food. Sweet and spicy oven-dried berries have an intensely sweet taste that is packed with fiber. This snack can help kick candy cravings to the curb. The best part, this recipe is ideal for leftover berries that are a little past their prime.


3/5 cup  strawberries
3/5 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/8 tsp chili powder
Pinch of salt


Step 1: Preheat oven to 200 F. Resist the urge to move the process along at a higher temp, otherwise, you’ll end up with burned berries.
Step 2:If you’re using small strawberries (less than 1 inch across), keep them whole; otherwise cut large strawberries in half or quarters.
Step 3: Arrange the blueberries and strawberries on two separate baking sheets, strawberries on one sheet and blueberries on the other. Place them in the oven for two hours before flipping, and then let them dry for another two hours. After four hours, your blueberries should be dry so take them out of the oven, but your strawberries may need more time depending on their size. The strawberries are done when they are soft and slightly chewy like a dried fig.*
Step 4: While the berries are cooling, combine the sugar, salt, and spices in a small bowl. When you’re ready to eat, toss the berries in the spice mixture and enjoy!**

Nutrition Facts (single serving):

Protein: 2.1 g
Carbs: 35.4 g
Fat: 0.5 g
Calories: 142

*All ovens and berries are different, so it’s entirely possible that particularly large and juicy strawberries could take five or six hours. If the berries look mushy and are still juicy, they’re not ready. Have patience!
**While the berries themselves will keep in an airtight container for two or three days, keep the spice mixture separate and toss them just before eating, as the sugar/salt mixture will pull out any leftover juice in the berries.

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Who's Who?

Know Your Wellness Committee

Our Wellness Committee includes OPH leaders who are committed to moving OPH's health forward.  Check out who's involved below!  

Who's Who 

 Vacant - Chair


Myra Lowe - co chair

Deputy Assistant Secretary

I’m so excited to be a part of our OPH360 wellness initiative committee. Investing in the physical and mental well-being of our employees is so important to me and it’s crucial to achieving a workforce that is both valued and appreciated. 2017 is going to be a great year for OPH employees and it is my hope that everyone will join us in our efforts. 


Nick Rees - wellness Coordinator

Well-Ahead Louisiana


Region 3 

Leslie Lewis, RD, LDN 

Obesity Prevention Program Manager



Jessica Jolly

Director, Bureau of Regional & Clinical Enterprise System

Nicole Chreene, RN 

Region 7 Public Health Nurse

Amy gray, RN

Region 7 Public Health Nurse


Region  4


Region 8 

JEnnifer ryan, RD, LDN

Region 6 Regional Nutritionist 



Know Your Wellness Champions

A Wellness Champion is a co-worker that volunteered to lead your region or location's wellness activities. Have a question? Contact your Champion and shoot them an email.

Our Wellness Champions include OPH employees who are committed to moving OPH's health forward. Check out who's involved here!  

Click here if you'd like to apply to become a Wellness Champion. 

Moving Well-Ahead

Making small, healthy changes is easy when your community is also committed to health! 

Community Resource GuideFind healthy resources near you! Find resources for different health topics here.

Find WellSpots:  Is your child's school a WellSpot? What about your favorite lunch spot? Find out here!