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Tobacco-Free Policy - Hospital Specific

Implementing a campus-wide, 100% Tobacco-Free Policy is a great way to showcase your hospital's role as a community leader in protecting the health of the residents in our state. The 2010 U.S. Surgeon General's Report makes it clear that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.  All Hospital WellSpots are required to implement a Tobacco-Free Policy.  for sample policies and tips for implementing in your organization, visit the provided resources.

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The Gift Designation

The Gift is a Louisiana hospital designation program that provides resources and a framework to help birthing facilities improve breastfeeding outcomes through incremental adoption of internationally recognized evidence-based practices. It is designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of their maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.

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Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.

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Community-Based Obesity Prevention Investment

Hospitals can play a significant role in reducing obesity and its many co-morbidities by making sustainable capital investments in obesity prevention initiatives in their communities.

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Healthy Hospital Environments

Hospitals can make a significant impact on the health choices of their employees and patients by evaluating their food, beverage and physical environments to ensure that healthy options are easily accessible. The below resources include healthy hospital toolkits as well as case studies of hospitals improving their environments to better support the health of their employees and embody the mission of their organization.

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Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program curricula can help patients adopt healthy behaviors, manage disease symptoms and prevent further disease progression. Diabetes Prevention Program curricula can help patients adopt healthy behaviors to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Hospitals may demonstrate collaboration with one of the following DSME training or prevention programs:
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training Program (ADA recognized/AADE certified)
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP)

Hospitals should encourage patients to seek care beyond their hospital stay by providing diabetes self-management education materials to diabetic patients at discharge.


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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 those with hypertension to better control their blood pressure by making sure they get quality blood pressure self-management education.

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