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  • About | Well-Ahead Louisiana
    pretty proud of our way of life in Louisiana. Although, improving our wellbeing doesn't have to mean giving up our favorite things like good food, great music and legendary festivals. Rather, it means making smart choices so we can enjoy our favorite things even longer. Small choices towards wellness, enabled by the environments we're in every day, allow us the opportunity for balance. Together we can shape a future that gives us the chance to feel better and enjoy life a little longer. The Challenge: Louisiana is… 48 th in Overall Health 44 th in Outcomes 49 th in Determinants 48 th in...
  • On The Go
    To Get Active Find something that you like to do, such as gardening, biking, walking, canoeing, swimming, hiking, running or dancing Take your dog for a walk, they need the exercise too Join a local group or team to play a sport that you enjoy When available, take the stairs everywhere you go Work a little harder at things you already do. We all like a challenge! Start moving while watching T.V. Make exercise a family affair; take the kids out for new activities Be consistent and set a schedule If you have been inactive, always consult your healthcare provider before starting a physical activity program. On The Go On The Go Research shows that any amount of exercise, at any age, is beneficial to overall health. An active lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by half, as well as reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Consistent exercise regimens can improve...
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  • School HealthOLD Health Index

    The School Health Index (SHI) is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.  The SHI helps schools to identify their strengths and weaknesses and create an action plan based on their results.  Well-Ahead offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to schools interested in exploring the SHI. If you are interested in having a workshop in your district, email Kate Holmes at

    School Health Index (CDC)

  • Health Equity Inequities
    Health inequities are a subset of health inequalities that are modifiable, associated with social disadvantage, and considered ethically unfair...
  • Healthy Eating Hydrated


    Water doesn’t have to be “boring.” We all know it is important to stay hydrated, yet for some of us, it may be hard to get enough water in each day. Did you know there are ways to increase your water intake naturally?  Click here for awesome fruit-flavored water ideas. 

  • Geaux Tobacco-Free Well Spot

    Take your business to the next level and find out how to Geaux Tobacco-Free!

    Is your child’s or grandchild’s school tobacco-free campus? Click Here for more information you can share with your school principal for steps in Geauxing Tobacco-Free!

  • Oral HealthOLD Water Fluoridation

    The safety and benefits of fluoride are well documented and for 70 years people in the United States have benefited from drinking water with fluoride. Fluoridated water keeps the teeth strong and reducing decay by approximately 25% in children and adult- leading to saving money, and helping families and individuals live better, healthier lives. It has been found that for every dollar spent on community water fluoridation, up to $38 is saved in treatment costs for tooth decay.

    In Louisiana only 43% of residents receive the benefits of Community Water Fluoridation, compared to almost 75% nationally. In 2008, Governor Jindal signed Act 761 which mandates that water systems with over 5,000 connections initiate water fluoridation. As fluoride is nature's cavity fighter, community...

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