School WellSpot Benchmarks

School WellSpots

Schools can make a major impact in the health of their students and staff. Our school benchmarks are centered on a campus-wide tobacco-free policy and a school wellness program that includes physical activity and nutrition components for both students and staff. The foundational elements of a good school wellness program are:

  1. Establishing a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)/wellness committee
  2. Completing an assessment of your school health environment
  3. Creating and implementing a school wellness policy

To learn more about the benchmarks for School WellSpots and to get your school moving Well-Ahead, take the school assessment.

Additional Resources:


School WellSpot Benchmarks
           

All school WellSpots must be designated as tobacco-free locations and have an established SHAC or wellness committee. In addition to these two wellness benchmarks, schools may meet additional benchmarks to achieve the desired level of designation.

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Established SHAC/Wellness Committee
  • Four additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Completed assessment
  • Created/updated wellness policy
  • Six additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met

Benchmarks

Documentation/Verification

Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy

Copy of policy

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Tobacco cessation coverage within employee health plans

Copy of health plan benefits or health plan promotional materials

 

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 

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Designation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace or Champion 

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

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Healthy Workplaces

Written description or pictures of at least two ways in which the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! Healthy Workplaces’ message is promoted to employees.

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Full implementation of Louisiana Act 331 and USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards

Copy of policy on competitive foods and list of food items available in all venues outside of the cafeteria 

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Establish a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)/Wellness Committee at your school/district that is representative of your school/district 

School SHACs: Submit copy of SHAC’s roster and an agenda or minutes from the most recent meeting

District’s SHACs: Submit copy of SHAC roster, list of school participants on district’s SHAC, and an agenda or minutes from the most recent meeting

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Complete an assessment of your school health environment and create an action plan using your assessment results

Copy of school health assessment results and action plan

Assessment Options:
Healthy Schools Program (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)
Let's Move Active Schools

Create a school/district wellness policy (or update the current policy) that reflects the results of the assessment and the priorities and goals determined by the SHAC

Copy of wellness policy

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Employees are offered accessible and free or low-cost physical activity and/or healthy eating/weight management programs as part of the school wellness program

Copy of flyers/notices/newsletters/event info for employee wellness options

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Implementation of at least two nutrition-based policies as part of the school wellness program

Evidence of two of the following implemented practices (descriptions, policies, pictures, etc.):

  • No unhealthy food-based fundraisers are allowed
  • Students are offered breakfast that is fully accessible to all students
  • Food in the cafeteria is promoted and displayed in a pleasing way using Smarter Lunchrooms techniques
  • Participation in any farm to school activities
  • Students are given at least 20 minutes to eat lunch, counting from the time they are seated

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation of at least two physical activity-based policies as part of the school wellness program

Evidence of two of the following implemented practices (descriptions, policies, pictures, etc.):

  • Daily recess is provided to all students
  • Restrictions on PE or recess are not used as a punishment for individual behavior
  • Physical activity breaks are available in the classroom
  • Walking or biking to school is promoted and supported
  • Students are offered physical activity opportunities before and after school
  • Physical activity opportunities are offered to staff

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation of at least two physical education-based policies as part of the school wellness program

Evidence of two of the following implemented practices (descriptions, policies, pictures, etc.):

  • No substitutes or waivers are allowed for physical education (ex.: JROTC, sports, etc.)
  • PE is taught by a certified physical education teacher
  • Students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 50% of PE class time
  • PE classes are appropriately modified or adapted to promote the participation of all students

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION