Make Higher Education Healthier

Health Standards for Colleges & Universities

Colleges and universities have a great opportunity to make the healthy choice the easy choice for students and staff by adopting a 100% tobacco-free campus policy, offering worksite wellness programming for staff and offering free or low-cost health and wellness resources to students.

By implementing changes to improve the health of your employees and students through our WellSpot Designation program, schools can play a role in positively impacting the health of the community. We support Louisiana colleges and universities by providing the resources and tools you need to encourage healthy habits like physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and quitting tobacco.

Gina Marcel, director of Human Resources at Fletcher Technical Community College, is one of the many college administrators in Louisiana who has taken the lead in moving the health of her community forward by becoming a WellSpot. Like Gina, change can begin with you—take the lead in your community today!

Want to implement or expand your worksite wellness program? Eligible WellSpots can receive up to $3,000 to make sustainable changes that support employee health and wellbeing at their worksite.

Level-up Your College or University

Colleges and universities that meet certain benchmarks can be designated as a Level 1, 2 or 3 WellSpot, with Level 1 being the highest.

Level 3

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Three additional benchmarks of choice

Level 2

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • Five additional benchmarks of choice

Level 1

  • Tobacco-free policy
  • All benchmarks met

WellSpot Benchmarks for a Healthier College or University

Well-Ahead is here to help educators and administrators be leaders by becoming a WellSpot. This designation ensures that the students you teach have a healthy environment to learn, while also positively impacting the health of your staff. When you implement these evidence-based benchmarks, you will improve the health of your staff and students and move Louisiana’s health forward!

Our Partners


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Adult Obesity Rates, State of Childhood Obesity, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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