John Stewart leads with his heart and passion for healthy children, schools

John Stewart leads with his heart and passion for healthy children, schools

“This is a whole new group of kids. Today, our children are exposed to marketing and advertisements that promote all sorts of unhealthy behaviors. This requires us to think and teach differently if we want to effectively communicate to today’s generation and encourage meaningful change. Our partnership with Well-Ahead Louisiana allowed us to do just …

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Baton Rouge Area Chamber leads the way for worksites to focus on health

Baton Rouge Area Chamber leads the way for worksites to focus on health

While discussions about economic development usually focus on small business growth, tax structures, unemployment rates and other indicators, these factors only represent a small piece of the puzzle. A thriving economy can only be achieved when a community prioritizes the health and well-being of its citizens. In fact, through daily interactions with employees and customers, …

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Restaurant serves healthy meals, encourages community wellness

Restaurant serves healthy meals, encourages community wellness

MJ’s Café, located in the heart of Baton Rouge’s Mid-City neighborhood, has always worked to improve the health of their patrons and surrounding community through healthy, delicious food. By teaming up with Well-Ahead Louisiana and becoming a WellSpot, MJ’s Café got the assistance and resources they needed to take their healthy commitment to the next …

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Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 makes fluoridating water a successful habit

Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 makes fluoridating water a successful habit

For Calcasieu Parish Waterworks District 1 Superintendent Gerald Hoffpauir and his operators, keeping their community’s drinking water at an optimal fluoridated level is simply a matter of routine. Yet through this routine, District 1 has earned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Water Fluoridation Quality Award for seven years running. The CDC presents their …

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Family Healthcare of Loranger embraces telehealth to increase patient access

Family Healthcare of Loranger embraces telehealth to increase patient access

Family Healthcare, a Rural Health Clinic, is one of the rural practices that have embraced telehealth to increase patient access to care since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Healthcare is located in Loranger, a small, rural town in Tangipahoa Parish. Though there are only 7,200 residents, they have high rates of chronic diseases, …

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Iberia Parish School District confronts COVID-19 challenges head-on

Iberia Parish School District confronts COVID-19 challenges head-on

The Iberia Parish School District officials focused on the health of the whole child while facing the challenges of COVID-19 during the 2020-21 school year. District Superintendent Carey Laviolette, Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jennifer Joseph and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Heath Hulin have worked together in their respective positions for the past three …

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First school-based dental sealant clinic held since COVID-19 outbreak

First school-based dental sealant clinic held since COVID-19 outbreak

Students at Ebarb School in Sabine Parish were the first to receive dental sealants in more than a year through Well-Ahead Louisiana’s Louisiana Seals Smiles program, in partnership with the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SWLAHEC)’s AHEC of a Smile program. Well-Ahead’s replicable Louisiana Seals Smiles program supports the delivery of dental sealants in …

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