School WellSpot Benchmarks

School WellSpots

Schools can make a major impact in the health of their students and staff. Our school WellSpot benchmarks are centered on having an established school wellness program that includes physical activity and nutrition components for both students and staff. By implementing small changes to improve the health environment of your school, you can help your employees thrive and ensure that your students have a healthy start to a healthy future.

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

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School WellSpot Benchmarks           

A school is defined as a learning institution that serves students grades K-12.All school WellSpots must be designated as tobacco-free locations, promote the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline, establish a wellness committee, and assess one module through the CDC's School Health Index (SHI) platform. In addition to these four wellness benchmarks, schools may meet additional benchmarks to achieve the desired level of designation.

Level Three

Level Two

Level One

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Promotion of the Quitline
  • Build Support
  • SHI: Take Assessment
  • Two additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Tobacco Prevention Education
  • SHI: Create Plan
  • Four additional benchmarks of choice
  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met

 

Benchmarks Documentation/Verification

Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy1

Copy of student and employee policy

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Tobacco cessation coverage within employee health plans

Copy of health plan benefits or health plan promotional materials

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Promotion of the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline or another approved cessation service organization1

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

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Tobacco Prevention Education for students Copy of program content, lesson plans, presentations, or activity description

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Designation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace or Champion1

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

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Promotion of self-assessment tools for prediabetes and heart health among employees

Written description of pictures of ways in which the self-assessment tools are promoted

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Implementation of an employee wellness program available to all teachers and staff that covers nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and mental health. Copy of employee assessment and copy of employee wellness work plan or calendar of events specific to school, including activity descriptions related to nutrition,
physical activity, tobacco cessation and mental health

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Full implementation of USDA's Smart Snacks in school nutrition standards.1 Copy of policy on competitive foods and list of food items available in all venues outside the cafeteria

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Build Support1 
Establish or reconvene a wellness committee at the school level that meets at least four times a year.

Copy of the recent meeting agenda(s), the roster showing representation from family members, community members, and school staff, and schedule of quarterly meetings to be held

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School Health Index: Take Assessment1,2
Utilize the School Health Index to assess current practices.

Copy of scorecard for at least one module from the CDC's School Health Index platform

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School Health Index: Create Plan1,2
Utilize the School Health Index scorecard to create a plan for improvement.

Copy of the plan for improvement for the module used for the "Take Assessment" benchmark from the CDC's School health Index platform

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Implementation of at least two physical activity-based practices 

  • 150 minutes of physical education per week1,2
  • Students active at least 50% during physical education class2
  • Certified physical education teachers2
  • Classroom physical activity energizers2
  • 20 minutes of recess provided each day1,2
  • Before- and after-school physical activity opportunities are offered2

Copy of policies, lesson plans, and/or photos of ways in which two physical activity-based practices are implemented

OR

The CDC's School Health Index scorecard and plan for improvement for Module 3 may be used as documentation 

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Implementation of at least two nutrition-based practices.

  • Food and beverages for sale to students during extended school day include healthy options1,2
  • Strategies are utilized to maximize participation in the lunch and breakfast program2
  • Collaboration between school nutrition staff and teachers2
  • Farm to School activities are implemented2
  • Marketing techniques are used to promote healthy choices2
  • Healthy foods and beverages are included at celebrations/events and nonfood items are offered for rewards1,2

 

Copy of policies, lesson plans, and/or photos of ways in which two nutrition-based practices are implemented

OR

The CDC's School Health Index scorecard and plan for improvement for Module 4 may be used as documentation 

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Implementation of at least two health services-based practices

  • Implement a referral system2
  • Health emergency response plans2
  • School food allergy management plan2
  • Identify and track students with chronic health conditions1,2
  • Care coordination for students with chronic health conditions2
  • Disease education for students with chronic health conditions2

 

Copy of policies, lesson plans, and/or photos of ways in which two health services-based practices are implemented

OR

The CDC's School Health Index scorecard and plan for improvement for Module 5 may be used as documentation 

RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
 
School Health Index: Keep It Up1,2
Continue to assess current practices and create plans for improvement by completing 3 additional SHI modules, for a total of 4 assessments and plans for improvement.
Copy of scorecards and plans for improvement for at least 3 additional modules from the CDC's School Health Index platform

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Professional Development
Ensure all staff receive annual training on best practices to support a healthy school.
Copy of agenda and attendance list, or certificate from CDC Healthy Schools best practices modules 

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 These benchmarks meet or enhance Louisiana's laws impacting school health. The Louisiana State Legislature has laws around school health, including physical activity, physical education, nutrition, school health advisory councils, and more. You can do a complete search at http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/LawSearch.aspx

2The School Health Index (SHI) is an online self-assessment and planning tool for schools. The SHI is built on the CDC's research-based guidelines for school health programs that identify the policies and practices most likely to be effective in reducing youth health risks behaviors. The SHI aligns with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.