A smoke-free policy bans smoking of any kind on the property, including but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and electronic cigarettes. The policy should cover the entire property. A smoke-free policy is a great first step toward gradually shifting to a tobacco-free environment.
This WellSpot has implemented a smoke-free policy.
The foundation for WellSpot designation is centered on tobacco-free environments. A tobacco-free policy prohibits use of all tobacco products on an organization’s property. This includes tobacco in all forms, as well as any type of smoking device.
This WellSpot has implemented a tobacco-free policy.
Promotion of LA Tobacco Quitline
Promotion of cessation services available in the state is key to assisting individuals in their attempt to quit. It is important to make these services known so tobacco users know where to go to get help in their quit attempts.
This WellSpot has met all the requirements regarding promotion of the LA Tobacco Quitline.
Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
According to the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplaces provide:
- Reasonable break time for working mothers to pump breast milk as needed throughout the day
- One of more permanent breastfeeding rooms, or a clean, private, and safe space with an outlet (other than a toilet stall) that mothers can use for lactation when needed
- A working sink near the breastfeeding location where mothers can clean pumping equipment
- The lactation support (a place to pump and break time) is communicated to all current and future employees
This WellSpot has a breastfeeding friendly policy and provides the above support for nursing mothers.
Worksite Wellness – Beginning Implementation
Worksite Wellness is a major component of WellSpot designation criteria. Changing the culture of health in the workplace through worksite wellness programming has a multitude of benefits for both employees and employers. The “Beginning Implementation” phase of a Worksite Wellness Program includes obtaining support from management, designating staff members to lead the program, and planning employee evaluations to build a foundation for the program.
This WellSpot has implemented the beginning stages of their Worksite Wellness Program.
Worksite Wellness Program Workplan
This phase of Worksite Wellness Program implementation includes the development of a workplan or calendar of events based on employee survey results.
This WellSpot has developed a workplan or calendar of events for their Worksite Wellness Program.
Worksite Wellness – Full Implementation
The “Full Implementation” phase of a Worksite Wellness Program is complete when an organization has executed their program for at least one year. After one year of implementation, another employee survey should be completed to evaluate the impact of the program.
This WellSpot has a fully implemented Worksite Wellness Program that encourages its employees to lead healthier, happier lives!
The 5-2-1-0 program is adapted from the evidence-based 5-2-1-0 program developed by the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
5-2-1-0 stands for:
5 or more fruits and vegetables per day
2 or less hours of recreational screen time per day
1 or more hour of physical activity per day
0 sodas or sweetened beverages per day
This WellSpot promotes the 5-2-1-0 program in at least two ways in its facility.
WellSpot designation encourages organizations to help “make the healthy choice the easy choice” at their facility. Implementing healthy vending makes healthy snack options more readily available. State vending guidelines define healthy items as having 250 calories or less, 35% or less total calories from fat (excluding nuts and seeds), 10% or less total calories from saturated fat, 30g or less sugars, and 360mg or less sodium.
This WellSpot has certified that at least 50% of their vending machine items meet healthy vending guidelines.
Community-Based Obesity Prevention
Hospital WellSpots are encouraged to make local sustainable investments in obesity prevention initiatives to positively affect this trend and reduce obesity and its many co-morbidities for those in the community.
This hospital WellSpot has made a community-based obesity prevention investment.
Healthy Cafeteria Dining Options
Hospitals have the opportunity to work collaboratively with food vending contractors to provide healthy dining options in their cafeterias through eliminating fried foods and restructuring pricing options to incentivize making healthy choices. This WellSpot benchmark recognizes hospitals that capitalize on the opportunity to offer at least one healthy option during each meal time daily.
This hospital WellSpot offers at least one healthy dining option during each meal time in its cafeteria.
Diabetes Self-Management Collaboration
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSME) curricula can help patients adopt healthy behaviors, manage disease symptoms, and prevent further disease progression. Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) curricula can help patients adopt healthy behaviors to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Hospitals that do not offer a DSME or DPP program should refer patients to a local program.
This hospital WellSpot offers or refers to a community resource for diabetes self-management education or prevention.
Diabetes Self-Management Education
Diabetes Self-Management Education curricula can help patients adopt healthy behaviors, manage disease symptoms and prevent further disease progression. Education should be provided upon discharge to encourage diabetes management that extends beyond a patient’s hospital stay.
This hospital WellSpot provides diabetes self-management education to its patients upon discharge.
Weight Management Education
Energy levels, disease risk, and disease progression are just a few factors effected by weight and weight management. Patients should be educated on the importance of weight management and given resources and guidance on ways to achieve a healthy weight. This education should extend beyond a patient’s hospital stay to ensure long-term healthy change.
This hospital WellSpot provides weight management education to its patients upon discharge.
Blood Pressure Self-Management Education
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes complications. Nearly one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure. Hospitals can help hypertensive patients to better control their blood pressure by making sure they get quality self-management education.
This hospital WellSpot provides blood pressure self-management education to its patients upon discharge.